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Acamprosate

Molecule Description

This medicine is used along with counselling and support to help people overcome alcohol dependence.

Uses of Acamprosate

  • To help people who want to overcome the habit of drinking alcohol.
  • Used along with counselling and social support to help people who want to stop
  • drinking alcohol.
  • It prevents the withdrawal symptoms that people may experience when they
  • stop drinking alcohol.
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Alcohol withdrawal

Contraindications of Acamprosate

When should one not use Acamprosate

  • Allergic to this medicine
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Severe kidney disease
  • Severe liver disease

Side effects of Acamprosate

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disturbances
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dry mouth
  • Itching
  • Sweating

Precautions and Warnings of Acamprosate

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Acamprosate during pregnancy?
A:
Do not take this medicine during pregnancy. You should take the doctor’s advice.

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Acamprosate while breastfeeding?
A:
This medicine is not considered safe for females who are breastfeeding their child.

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Acamprosate?
A:
This medicine can make you feel sleepy. Do not drive until you can do it safely.

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Acamprosate?
A:
Patient should avoid intake of alcohol during this medication.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
Patient should avoid alcoholic beverages.

Mode of Action of Acamprosate

How Does It Work?

Acamprosate helps in restoring the natural balance of chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters) which get disturbed during alcohol withdrawal.

Interactions of Acamprosate

Interactions with other medicines

No major drug interactions are noted. But inform your doctor about all the medications that you are taking.

Interactions with food items

No significant interaction with any food has been reported.

Dietary Restrictions of Acamprosate

No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Dosage of Acamprosate

Overdose

Symptoms like difficulty in breathing and severe diarrhoea need to be reported immediately at your nearest hospital. Seek for immediate medical help.

Missed a Dose

If you miss a dose, do not take a double dose to make up the missed dose. Follow the regular schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: Before taking Acamprosate, What should I discuss with my healthcare provider?

A: You should inform the doctor about your detailed medical and surgical history. Inform your physician if you have any kidney disease, history of depression. Inform if you are pregnant, lactating, or planning a pregnancy.

Q: Can I have liquor once a week during this medication?

A: It is only effective after you have completely stopped drinking alcohol or alcoholic beverages.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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