How Does Campral Work?
It is not entirely clear how Campral
works to encourage abstinence from alcohol. The drug does have certain effects on two different brain chemicals: glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid
). Because long-term alcohol use can disrupt the balance of brain chemicals, Campral may work by helping to return the disrupted brain chemicals back to normal levels. Campral does not, however, prevent alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The effects of the drug in the brain are limited to reducing alcohol dependence; it does not to have any anti-anxiety
, or anti-seizure
Campral does not work like most other alcohol dependence medications. It will not cause any unpleasant reactions when combined with alcohol, and it is not habit-forming.
Campral Uses in Children
Campral is not approved for use in children (defined as individuals under the age of 18). This does not mean children cannot use Campral; it simply means that the drug has not been adequately studied in this age group. Speak with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Campral in children.
Off-Label Campral Uses
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Campral for something other than helping people stay sober after detox. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label