Generic Name acamprosate calcium Peak 3-8hr

Clinical Medications Worksheets Trade Name Classification Dose Route Time/frequency Campral alcohol abuse 666mg Po tid therapy adjuncts Onset Duration Normal dosage range Unknown Unknown Two 333mg tablets three times daily. Lower doses may be effective in some patients. For IV meds, compatibility with IV drips and/or solutions N/A

Why is your patient getting this medication Alcohol abuse Mechanism of action and indications (Why med ordered) Interacts with and restores balance to CNS glutamate and GABA neurotransmitter systems

Nursing Implications (what to focus on) Contraindications/warnings/interactions Hypersensitivity. Use cautiously with history of depression or suicide attempt. Common side effects None known Interactions with other patient drugs, OTC or Lab value alterations caused by medicine herbal medicines (ask patient specifically) May cause anemia, lymphocytosis, thrombocytopenia, Administration with food may decrease the hyperglycemia, abnormal liver function tests, ↑ AST, ↑ bioavailiability of acamprosate. The clinical ALT, hyperuricemia, and bilirubinemia. significance is unknown Be sure to teach the patient the following about this medication Instruct patient to take medication as directed, even if relapse occurs. Advise patient to discuss any renewed drinking with health care professional. May cause dizziness and changes in vision. Caution patients to avoid driving and other activities requiring alertness until response to medication is known. Advisefemale patients to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breast feeding. Encourage patient to continue active counseling and support. Acamprosate helps maintain abstinence only when used as part of a comprehensive psychosocial treatment program. Nursing Process- Assessment Assessment Evaluation (Pre-administration assessment) Why would you hold or not give this Check after giving Assess for signs of alcohol withdrawal at med? Continued abstinence from initiation of therapy. Acamprosate does Pregnancy alcohol. not eliminate or diminish withdrawal symptoms.

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