Acamprosate

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Generic Name: Acamprosate Brand Name(s): Acamprosate.

Uses

What is acamprosate used for?

Acamprosate is commonly used to help keep you alcohol-free.

How should I take acamprosate?

Use acamprosate as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Take with or without food as you have been told by your doctor.

Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

Keep taking this medicine as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.

To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

How do I store acamprosate?

Acamprosate is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store acamprosate in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of acamprosate that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush acamprosate down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using acamprosate?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of acamprosate or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • You have kidney disease.

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking acamprosate.

If you have a drink of alcohol, talk with your doctor.

This medicine will not lower or get rid of withdrawal signs. Talk with your doctor.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using acamprosate during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking acamprosate. Acamprosate is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from acamprosate?

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Loose stools (diarrhea)
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Not hungry
  • Not able to sleep

Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Patients who take acamprosate may be at a greater risk of having thoughts or actions of suicide. The risk may be greater in people who have had these thoughts or actions in the past. Call the doctor right away if signs like low mood (depression), nervousness, restlessness, grouchiness, panic attacks, or changes in mood or actions are new or worse. Call the doctor right away if any thoughts or actions of suicide occur.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with acamprosate?

Acamprosate may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with acamprosate?

Acamprosate may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with acamprosate?

Acamprosate may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using acamprosate.

 

What is the dose of acamprosate for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Alcohol Dependence

666 mg orally three times a day

Usual Geriatric Dose for Alcohol Dependence

666 mg orally three times a day

What is the dose of acamprosate for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is acamprosate available?

Acamprosate is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of acamprosate, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: September 11, 2017 | Last Modified: September 11, 2017

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