Back on campral

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hi all

had a bit of a blip about a month ago and decided to go back to campral. 

No cravings at all. Saw my GP who thought it a good idea. However he kept stressing that I mustn't drink,  due to interaction. No intention of drinking at the same time.

However, there's been several mentions on the forum about drinking whilst on campral and it being safe, unlike Antabuse.

Surely if you still can drink and be on campral, without side effects, then what's the point in taking it?

Think this will be for RHGB and anyone else on campral.

many thanks

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    Vicky..my Dr. told me I wouldn't get sick if I drank on Campral..and I didn't get sick..and I am super senstive to medication.

    The Campral does help 100% with cravings...the reason I drank was I was only taking 2 pills a day...the recommended dose for me was 2 pills three times a day.

    My stomach bothered me a little with that many...so I was taking 3 pills a aday and not having any cravings...but in the last week...I was only remembering to take 2 pills...and I was having bad cravings and by Friday I gave in to them.

    I've been taking Campral for about 2 months...and when I take it correctly...I have no cravings.

     

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      Right I understand now thanks. I take 2 X 3 each day and no cravings. It worked last time and is working now. I have to leave the tablets next to my bed, and also some out on the side in the kitchen, even got some in cupboard next to my toothbrush lol!! so I don't forget. Because I'm not thinking of alcohol, like you I can forget (senior moments!)

      how owe are you feeling at the moment, or shouldn't I ask? Xx

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      Right I understand now thanks. I take 2 X 3 each day and no cravings. It worked last time and is working now. I have to leave the tablets next to my bed, and also some out on the side in the kitchen, even got some in cupboard next to my toothbrush lol!! so I don't forget. Because I'm not thinking of alcohol, like you I can forget (senior moments!)

      how  are you feeling at the moment, or shouldn't I ask? Xx

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      yea, I only drank 3 days but feel like I got run over by a truck.

      I'm really concerned that i will give in to drinking today....its so twisted...I will try to explain it....

      I feel horrible...although I felt more horrible yesterday because the night before i had about 16 beers...so I woke up with the taste and feeling weak, etc...and I had 1 beer in my car...so I drank it yesterday and then I went to store....felt better after about 4 beers.

      Today I feel like the hangover could be tolerable....and I COULD get thru it...but my sick brain is saying...maybe you could have a tolerable one tommorow too so you can drink today.

      I just don't want to think about anything...and drinking does that...turns me into a nothing blob.....As soon as I woke up today (no beer) my head gets flooded with all my problems...and I want to escape.

      I look like garbage...and pretty soon I do have to go to the store for cigs...I hope i only buy cigs...but the more I move around the worse I feel...and I keep thinking the drink...one more time...UGH.

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    Antasbuse is a deterrent, designed to make you will unwell and too scared to drink.

    Campral works by resetting the neural pathways, that become trained to constantly think about alcohol, after years of daily drinking.

    There is nothing in it that reacts with alcohol and will make you unwell. The only problem, is that if you drink, it stops working and you are back in your drinking routine. So if you drink, it is pointless taking it as it does not work.

    It works by letting your brain forget about alcohol and live normally, without that constan battle of thinking about and wanting a drink.

    If you had a ccouple of glasses of wine at a special celebration, it can cope with that. If you do a steady three day binge, all the hard work is out the window. And effectively, you have to try and stop drinking and start again, waiting another week for it to kick in again.

    So to sum it up, it is safe to drink and take Campral, but it is pointless, because the Campral stops working and you find yourself hooked again, into a depressing merry-go-round.

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      I think you ought to apply for the locum GP vacancy at my dr's! !!!

      Thank you so much for explaining what's what. I understand how it works now. Having once drank on Antabuse and ending up in hospital, as my dr pointed out, he said campral is dangerous with alcohol. He did say it wasn't as bad a reaction.

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      "He did say it wasn't as bad a reaction."

      There isn't any reaction, all that happens is the Campral becomes as useful as taking a Smartie. You will not feel a thing if you drink on it, except guilt that you are back to square one, after being good for a while.

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