Forest Laboratories | Acamprosate (Medication)
This medication is used in helping the alcohol-dependent patients keep from drinking alcohol. Acamprosate should be used as part of a complete treatment program that includes both counseling and psychological support. Acamprosate restores the natural balance of chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters).
Before you begin this medication, you should no longer be drinking alcohol. Acamprosate has not been shown to be effective if you are still drinking when you start taking it. Drinking alcohol for a long time changes the way the brain works. Acamprosate works by helping the brains of people who have drunk large amounts of alcohol to work normally again. Although it helps, it does not prevent the withdrawal symptoms that people may experience when they stop drinking alcohol. ...
Acamprosate may cause some side effects, such as:diarrhea, gas, upset stomach, loss of appetite, dry mouth, dizziness, itching, weakness.
The following symptoms are rather uncommon:burning, tingling, or numbness in the hands, feet, arms, or legs, rash. ...
Before taking acamprosate, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you have any kind of allergies. You doctor should be notified if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking acamprosate, contact your doctor.
If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking acamprosate.
You should know that acamprosate may affect your thinking, ability to make decisions, and coordination. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
People who drink large amounts of alcohol often become depressed and sometimes try to harm or kill themselves. Taking acamprosate does not decrease and may increase the risk that you will try to harm yourself. You may develop depression while you are taking acamprosate even if you do not go back to drinking. Your doctor should be informed about this. ...