The recommended Campral dosage will be based on several factors, such as how well your kidneys are functioning. For most people, the recommended dose is 666 mg (two tablets) taken three times a day. However, people who have kidney problems may need a lower dosage. Campral should be started as soon as possible after a person has stopped drinking.
The dose of Campral® (acamprosate calcium) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your kidneys are functioning
- How you respond to Campral.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended dose of Campral for most people is Campral 666 mg (taken as two 333-mg tablets) three times daily, although a lower dose may be effective in some people. Ideally, Campral should be started as soon as possible after alcohol is stopped. It is not approved for use in people who have not yet stopped drinking.
Campral is not meant to be used alone; it should be used with an appropriate treatment program, including counseling and group sessions.
Since the kidneys help remove Campral from the body, people who have kidney problems may not be able to adequately remove the drug from the body. For people with moderate kidney problems, the recommended dose is Campral 333 mg three times daily. For people with severe kidney problems, the drug is not recommended.
Considerations for people taking Campral include the following:
- The medication comes in the form of a delayed-release tablet. It is taken by mouth, usually three times a day.
- You can take Campral with or without food. If the drug bothers your stomach, try taking it with a little food. It may be helpful to take Campral with meals so that you remember to take it.
- Do not break, cut, or chew the tablets, as this will destroy the delayed-release coating on them.
- Make sure to take Campral at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- It can take up to five days for an effective and steady level of Campral to accumulate in the body. Don't give up too early.
- If you have a relapse and start drinking again, do not stop taking Campral unless your healthcare provider instructs you to do so.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Campral will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your Campral dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.