Details of Acamprosate Salt (Generic Drug)

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Acamprosate affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced in a person who is addicted to alcohol. Acamprosate works by restoring this chemical balance in the brain in an alcohol-dependent person who has recently quit drinking. Before starting this medication, you should no longer be drinking alcohol. Acamprosate has not been shown to work well if you are still drinking alcohol when you start taking it.


Typical Uses

Acamprosate is an anti-alcoholic agent. It is used to prevent the need for alcohol in people who have stopped drinking alcohol. It reduces the desire to consume alcohol.


Side Effects

Acamprosate may cause mood or behaviour changes, thoughts about hurting yourself, severe anxiety or depression, feeling like you might pass out, fast or pounding heartbeats, swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath, confusion, increased thirst, urinating less than usual or not at all, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.


Drug Interactions

There are no known drug interactions for Acamprosate.


Mechanism of action

Acamprosate is a synthetic amino acid and a neurotransmitter analogue that works by maintaining activities of chemical substances present in the brain, particularly gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA) and glutamate, thereby helping the brains of alcoholic people to work normally again.


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