Acamprosate Calcium (Campral) is one of the drugs currently approved for anti-craving or anti-relapse treatment in alcohol dependence. Acamprosate Calcium (Campral) helps normalize brain activity, especially in the glutamate and GABA neurotransmitter systems, and diminishes alcohol cravings. Neurobiology has shown how the symptoms and consequences of addiction are mediated at the molecular level by neurotransmission in the brain.
Acamprosate Calcium reduces the physical distress and emotional discomfort people usually experience when they stop drinking alcohol. Unlike Disulfiram (Antabuse), people can drink alcohol while taking the medication without experiencing adverse effects. Acamprosate works best for people who have already stopped drinking and who want to maintain abstinence.