Should I take acamprosate calcium if I drink alcohol?

Youshould avoid drinking any alcohol while taking acamprosate. Additionally, people who drink large amounts of alcohol often become depressed and sometimes try to harm or kill themselves.
Taking acamprosate may increase the risk that you will try to harm yourself. You may develop depression while you are taking acamprosate even if you are not drinking.

Be sure to tell your doctor about antidepressants you are taking or may take. Tell your doctor if you suffer from depression now, or if you have in the past. Inform your doctor if you have suicidal thoughts, or if you have had such thoughts in the past, or if you have ever tried to kill yourself. Also, be sure to discuss any street drugs you use or have ever used, and/or any prescription medications you have overused. Also, tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease.
Seek immediate medical help if you experience depression, or any strong feelings of sadness, anxiousness, hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness or helplessness; loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed; lack of energy; difficulty concentrating, making decisions or remembering; irritability; sleep problems; changes in appetite or weight; restlessness; or thinking about harming or killing yourself or planning on trying to do so.

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