Acamprosate affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced in a person who is addicted to alcohol. Acamprosate works by restoring this chemical balance in the brain in an alcohol-dependent person who has recently quit drinking. Acamprosate is used together with behavior modification and counseling support to help a person who has recently quit drinking alcohol continue to choose not to drink. Acamprosate is not likely to be helpful if you have not already quit drinking or undergone detoxification. It may not help you if you are also addicted to other substances besides alcohol. Acamprosate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Campral is the medication for people who quit drinking alcohol. While an alcoholic may experience unbalanced chemicals in their body after they quit drinking, Campral effects these chemicals and restores their balance in the person's brain. The drug usually comes as a treatment together with counseling support and behavior modification to help an alcohol-dependent person to adjust into becoming non-alcoholic. Campral may not be as effective for those who have not stopped drinking and have not undergone detoxification. The drug is also not helpful to those who are still addicted to other substances.