Campral and Alcohol speaks to Campral alcohol interaction, what is Campral and Campral side effects.
Campral generic name acamprosate calcium helps in the treatment of alcohol dependence by helping restore a chemical imbalance in the brain that is caused by long term drinking. This drug is to be taken after the person has already quit drinking as it reduces the physical distress and emotional discomfort due to the cessation of alcohol consumption.
Obviously alcohol should not be consumed as the point of the drug is to help reduce the craving for alcohol.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Campral is usually prescribed for a period of 12 months after stopping drinking and it is not addictive.
The drug does not work if you are still drinking when you start to use the drug.
Campral should not be taken if you have depression, kidney disease, suicidal thoughts, allergies to sulfites or other medicines, allergies to foods, dyes or preservatives, pregnant or trying to get pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Less serious side effects of Campral and alcohol are diarrhea, dizziness, gas, dry mouth, headache, insomnia, itching, joint or muscle pain, loss of appetite, nausea or sweating. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects of Campral and alcohol are anxiety or nervousness, burning, tingling in your arms, legs, hands or feet, depression, chest pains, less urination or suicidal thoughts. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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