What is Antabuse (Disulfiram) used for?
Antabuse (Disulfiram) is given to patients suffering from chronic alcoholism to help treat their condition. It works by causing unpleasant effects, such as flushing, headaches, blurred vision, sweating, anxiety and vomiting, when alcohol is consumed. These effects normally begin 10 minutes after alcohol is consumed, and can last for 1 hour or even longer. This medication will not cure alcoholism, but is used to discourage drinking.
How should I use Antabuse (Disulfiram)?
Before you take Antabuse (Disulfiram), you must consult your physician and determine the correct dosage. These tablets should be dissolved in water, after which the patient should drink the solution. Some patients may be told to take 4 tablets dissolved in water daily, for 2 to 3 days at first. The maintenance dose is a half tablet or 1 whole tablet each day, or as directed by a physician. You should avoid drinking alcohol for 12 hours before your first dose of this drug, and also for several weeks after you take this medication. Care should also be taken to avoid vinegar and other sauces which may contain alcohol.
What are the side effects of Antabuse (Disulfiram)?
Some side effects of Antabuse (Disulfiram) include:
If these side effects worsen, or if any other side effects occur, you should immediately consult your physician.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Antabuse (Disulfiram). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.