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Clinical studies have shown that Campral (acamprosate) may cause certain sexual side effects, such as changes in sex drive, ejaculation problems, and impotence. If you experience any of these Campral sexual side effects, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend treatment, adjust your Campral dosage, or suggest another medication for treating alcohol dependence.

Campral Sexual Side Effects: An Overview

Campral® (acamprosate calcium) is a prescription medication that is used for treating alcohol dependence. It can cause several side effects, including sexual problems. Some of these Campral sexual side effects include:
Campral and Sex Drive
In clinical studies, a decreased sex drive was reported as a frequent side effect of Campral, occurring in at least 1 percent of people taking the drug. However, an increased sex drive also was reported as an infrequent Campral side effect, occurring in 1 in 100 to 1 in 1000 people. The exact percentage of people who developed such side effects was not reported. It is not clear whether these are true "side effects" of Campral, as these sexual changes are rather subjective and may be due to unrelated factors.
Campral and Impotence
Impotence is another reported side effect of Campral. Impotence is often defined as a total inability to achieve an erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Ultimately, impotence is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. In clinical studies where side effects of Campral were documented, impotence occurred in at least 1 percent of people, although the exact percentage was not reported. Again, it is not clear if impotence is really a true Campral side effect, as impotence is a common problem in the general population.
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