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Old 01-22-2017, 10:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Campral advice???


Hey guys.
Ok ive had addiction problems my whole life, started pot at the age of 15, moved onto amphetamines and opiates for a couple of years, then went off them for ages. I only started drinking late in life (around 24-25, im 29 now) and it has proven the hardest one by far. Im going pretty bad hey.
The worst is, i was hiding the habit (1-2 bottles of wine a day) from my fiance... it was getting so damaging.
Yesterday i just couldnt hide it anymore and i came clean and said how much i needed help. Shes very angry (understandable) but still supportive and helping. I saw a Doctor today and have been given Campral to help with withdrawals. I am supposed to start them tonight. So yeh thats a smallll part of my story guys i think this forum will be a big help to me and i would love to hear your stories, particularly experiences with Campral. Thanks This kind of a repeat post, but i mainly want to know peoples experiences with Campral. thanks!!!
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Old 01-22-2017, 11:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have any advise, really didn't know it existed but wish I did.

From what I gather Campral is the same as Acamprosate.

A search on this site shows a few other threads of people talking about it.

I still cant post links because I am to new but search the forums for acamprosate.
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Old 01-23-2017, 12:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Did you just go to your normal doctor, the same one you would go to for a physical?

I am just going on a week sober but the cravings are constant.
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Old 01-23-2017, 05:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow, there are a lot of these threads lately. Do try searching as plenty of answers abound.

Yes, campral and acamprosate are the same. Technically, my experience is with the generic (acamprosate) and I would suggest it to anyone. I am 11 mo sober as of yesterday and along with other meds, under my dr's supervision, have taken campral 3x daily since I quit. I have had ZERO cravings; if this is why or part of why, amen and I will happily take it forever. Some people take it only hoping to lessen cravings and still plan/keep on drinking; I don't suggest this- IME and IMO it works BEST (like all other meds, really) if you don't drink, period.

I consider all the meds I take- Antabuse for the first 90 days, seroquel nightly for anxiety and sleep, lorazepam (attivan) daily/as needed for anxiety, lamictal (BPD-related symtpoms/original dx while still drinking)- tools in my sobriety kit.

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I started taking Campral a few months ago and found it extremely helpful in reducing my cravings. But I also coupled that with a solid and active recovery plan, and didn't rely on medication alone.

My side effects were minimal, and the only real complaint I have is that it's sometimes tough to remember to take three doses a day. But all in all, I am very glad my doc prescribed it for me.
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I've never rated Campral. At one point I was taking Campral, Naltrexone and Antabuse together. Naltrexone reduced my drinking but didnt stop it.

1 Antabuse each morning is enough to scare me into not touching booze, so thats all I take now.
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I took antabuse as a back up (going to any lengths) for the first 90 days, while I worked the AA program. By 90 days my entire outlook had changed , so I reviewed my use of antabuse. The last time I stopped taking it was because I wanted to drink. What would happen this time? Had the problem really been removed or did I still need that antabuse gun to my head?

Turns out the program delivered as promised. Stopped the antabuse, never needed to drink.
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I don't like taking Antabuse but at only 2 weeks sober It's necessary. That plus AA and seeing Drug and Alcohol regularly seems to be working well for now.
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I started taking Campral a few months ago and found it extremely helpful in reducing my cravings. But I also coupled that with a solid and active recovery plan, and didn't rely on medication alone.

My side effects were minimal, and the only real complaint I have is that it's sometimes tough to remember to take three doses a day. But all in all, I am very glad my doc prescribed it for me.
This is my experience as well.
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Old 02-04-2017, 08:42 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I say take whatever works for you.
I sometimes take Antabuse, but it's usually at my wife's request.
She sometimes sees a behaviour in me that concerns her and it's a good way to ease her mind.
Never heard of Campral, but as I said, if it works for you...
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:03 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I only started drinking late in life (around 24-25, im 29 now)
I attended AA for a short time when I was around your age.
Wish I would have stuck with the Program.
Would have saved a lot of suffering for myself and others.
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