Antabuse (Oral)


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alcohol and antabuse


Will taking antabuse eliminate my desire for alcohol? I want to stop drinking beer. Will taking this drug help me to not want to drink beer?
by tom in Cumberland, MD, 08/27/2006

What can I eat and not eat while taking Antabuse?


I would like to know if there is a list of foods to avoid while on antabuse. I know about checking labels and such. I guess I would just like to have a complete list of all the food ready on hand for convienence sake. Thank You P.S. also if you could ...
by dan m. in waterloo ia., 01/19/2006

Antabuse - foods and sauces to avoid


I have been prescribed Antabuse and I understand that many foods/sauces/creams need to be avoided but if vinegar or cytel alcohol isn't a top ingredient on the list is it okay to injest or spread on body? I'm very confused. I love salad but does this ...
by Marla in Toronto, Ontario, 02/26/2006

Antabuse (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Antabuse (Oral)

Antabuse (Oral) Medication Classification

DISULFIRAM (By mouth)

Antabuse (Oral) Brandname

Antabuse

Antabuse (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Disulfiram (dye-SUL-fi-ram) Used as part of a treatment plan for problem drinking. Creates an unpleasant reaction when drinking alcohol, which reduces the desire to drink. This medicine is part of a recovery program that includes medical supervision and counseling.

When To Not Use Antabuse (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to disulfiram or to thiuram chemicals used in pesticides and rubber manufacturing. You should not use disulfiram if you have recently used metronidazole (Flagyl®) or paraldehyde (Paral®), or if you have severe heart disease or mental illness. Do not start taking disulfiram for at least 12 hours after drinking alcohol or swallowing any product that contains alcohol (such as cough or cold medicines, tonics, mouthwash, food sauces, vinegar, etc).

How Should You Use Antabuse (Oral)

Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Take your medicine in the morning unless your doctor tells you otherwise. If this medicine makes you sleepy, you may take it at bedtime.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If you are more than 12 hours late, wait until it is time for your next dose to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Antabuse (Oral) Storage

Store Antabuse (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Antabuse (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Antabuse (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL WHILE YOU ARE USING THIS MEDICINE. EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS OF ALCOHOL CAN PRODUCE REACTIONS, WHICH CAN BE LIFE-THREATENING.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using blood thinners (Coumadin®), isoniazid (Rifamate®, Rifater®), phenytoin (Dilantin®), fosphenytoin (Cerebyx®), mephenytoin (Mesantoin®), or any medicines that make you sleepy (such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain killers, or sedatives).

Antabuse (Oral) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, epilepsy, thyroid problems, or mental illness, or if you are allergic to rubber or latex.
  • If you consume alcohol while using disulfiram, you will have a reaction that can include: throbbing pain in the head and neck, trouble breathing, nausea and vomiting, sweating, flushing, thirst, chest pain, a fast or pounding heartbeat, lightheadedness or fainting, weakness, blurred vision, confusion, or dizziness. This reaction can last for 30 minutes to several hours. The more alcohol you consume, the worse a reaction will be. A severe reaction can result in death.
  • You may still have an alcohol reaction if you consume alcohol for up to 2 weeks after you stop taking disulfiram.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. You should carry an identification card or wear a medical alert bracelet to let others know you are taking disulfiram.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.

Antabuse (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands, legs, or feet
  • Severe stomach pain, especially in the upper abdomen
  • Skin rash or itching
  • Yellow eyes or skin
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Problems having sex
  • Tiredness or drowsiness
  • Unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth

Antabuse (Oral) Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.0***

 

(based on 2 reviews)

Effectiveness:

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Ease of Use:

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