Campral tablets is a medicine which acts on the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord).
Campral helps people who are dependent on alcohol to abstain from drinking alcoholic drinks. Campral in
combination with counselling will help you not to drink alcohol. It does this by acting on the chemical
changes that have taken place in the brain during the years that you have been drinking alcohol. It does not prevent the harmful effects of continuous alcohol abuse.
How to take Campral tablets
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose
If you weigh 60 kg or more:
The usual dose is 6 tablets a day: 2 tablets in the morning, 2 tablets at noon and 2 tablets in the evening
If you weigh less than 60 kg
The usual dose is 4 tablets a day: 2 in the morning, 1 at noon and 1 in the evening with meals.
Duration of treatment:
It is recommended that you keep taking Campral for one year.
If you take more Campral tablets than you should
If you take too many tablets, call your doctor or hospital casualty department immediately. You may
experience diarrhoea and have raised blood calcium levels.
If you forget to take Campral tablets
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose at the right time.
If you stop taking Campral tablets
Talk to your doctor before you stop taking the tablets and follow their advice.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist
What you need to know before you take Campral tablets
Do not take Campral tablets:
• if you have had an allergic reaction, skin rash, swelling of the face, wheezing or difficulty
breathing after taking acamprosate (INN) calcium or any of the other ingredients of Campral (see
list of ingredients in section 6) in the past
• if you are pregnant or breast-feeding
• if you suffer from severe kidney disease
• if you suffer from severe liver disease
Warnings and precautions
Tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking Campral tablets.
You should not be drinking when you start Campral treatment. Campral will be less effective if
you keep drinking.
If you drink too much alcohol, your body system and in particular your nervous system adapt to the effects
of alcohol. When you then suddenly stop drinking you may experience some unpleasant symptoms known
as alcohol withdrawal syndrome, which can last up to two weeks.
You should take Campral tablets as soon as possible after the withdrawal period.
Because patients who suffer from alcohol dependence often also suffer from depression it is recommended
that you be monitored for symptoms of depression.
This medicine is not recommended for children or elderly.
Other medicines and Campral tablets
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Campral has often been given to patients together with other medicines that are used to treat alcohol
withdrawal or maintain abstinence. So far, Campral does not seem to interfere with the effects of other
medicines, however if you are prescribed diuretics (water tablets) consult your doctor.
Campral tablets with alcohol
Drinking alcohol while taking Campral does not make you feel sick, however do not drink alcohol at
all during your treatment with Campral. Even if you drink a small amount of alcohol you run the risk of
making your treatment fail and you may end up drinking heavily again.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, you should not take
Campral tablets without consulting your doctor first.
If you are breastfeeding, you should not take Campral tablets.
Driving and using machines
Campral does not make you sleepy and therefore is not expected to affect your ability to drive or use
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you experience any of the following side effects with Campral tablets, STOP taking the tablets and
contact your doctor immediately: A severe allergic reaction, such as angio-oedema (causing large
raised marks on the skin and localised swelling, including the face and throat) or anaphylaxis
(causing difficulty in breathing with rash, swelling, wheezing and feeling faint).
The following side-effects have been reported:
Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
• feeling sick
• itchy or spotty skin rash
• decreased sexual desire
Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people
• increased sexual desire
Not Known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data
• allergic reactions including hives, angio-oedema and anaphylaxis (see the beginning of this
• blistering rash characterised by patches of skin filled with fluid
Reporting side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects
you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
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