EffectsMany studies have shown that Campral is effective at helping people remain alcohol-free after they have been through detoxification ("detox"). These studies showed that people who took it were more likely to stay alcohol-free, compared to people who took a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). The people in the Campral and the placebo groups were also in counseling.
In addition, these studies did not show that Campral was effective for people who had not gone through detox and who were not required to be alcohol-free at the start of treatment.
When and How to Take CampralGeneral considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- Campral comes in the form of a delayed-release tablet. It is taken by mouth, usually three times a day.
- You can take it with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with a little food. It may help 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 as long as 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. It will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationThe dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your kidneys function
- 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.
(Click Campral Dosage for more information.)