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Acamprosate Calcium Oral tablet, delayed-release

What is this medicine?

ACAMPROSATE (a KAM pro sate) helps you to abstain from alcohol as part of a support program. It does not help with alcohol withdrawal.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Do not crush, cut or chew the tablets. Follow the directions on the prescription label. This medicine may be taken with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • anxiety or nervousness

  • burning, pricking, tickling or tingling in your arms, legs, hands, or feet

  • chest pain

  • depression

  • suicidal thoughts

  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • itching

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea

  • sweating

  • trouble sleeping

What may interact with this medicine?

  • naltrexone

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • depression

  • kidney disease

  • suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to Acamprosate, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You should continue taking this medicine even if you experience a relapse. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you begin drinking alcohol again while taking this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 3/12/2009
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