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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Antabuse (Overview)

Antabuse is an addiction reducing agent which is a kind of psychiatric drug.


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What is antabuse (disulfiram) used for?

What is antabuse (disulfiram) used for?

Alcoholism: Antabuse (disulfiram) causes the person who takes it and drinks alcohol to become violently ill. Mutual support such as alcoholics anonymous is a gentler method of treatment for alcoholism. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Antabuse (Overview)

Antabuse is an addiction reducing agent which is a kind of psychiatric drug.


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What is medication antabuse (disulfiram)?

What is medication antabuse (disulfiram)?

Anti alcohol abuse: Antabuse (disulfiram) is also called disulfram. Basically it leads to a very quick onset hangover. It is used to keep patients from abusing alcohol. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if its possible to be prescribed antabuse (disulfiram) if there is a past history of mental illness?

Does anyone know if its possible to be prescribed antabuse (disulfiram) if there is a past history of mental illness?

It is possible: One would want to know the type of mental illness prior to using antabuse (disulfiram). Reliability in taking the medication and being able to understand the nature of taking the medication and being responsible all play into prescribing the medication. Your pcp, substance abuse specialist or other qualified health care provider should be consulted prior to using this medication. ...Read more

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Can you use antabuse (disulfiram) as a prn, only on days you are at a party?

Why?: I have had patients tell me that if the holidays were coming or some big event, they would pop some antabuse (disulfiram). And immediately they would think, "if i take this tonight i'll be able drink in x number of days." if you need Antabuse (disulfiram) to keep from drinking, imho, you have a drinking problem and probably should not be drinking at all. Discuss this with your doctor or counselor. ...Read more

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Its dangerous to drink and take antabuse (disulfiram) together, so why can't they just give a regular pill that gives you upset stomach, diarrhea, ect.?

Its dangerous to drink and take antabuse (disulfiram) together, so why can't they just give a regular pill that gives you upset stomach, diarrhea, ect.?

Antabuse (disulfiram): Yes it is dangerous as it causes severe nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, diarrhea and rarely death the principle is to pair alcohol with a noxious stimuli so after that reaction you don't feel like drinking alcohol again. ...Read more

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Does antabuse (disulfiram) cause liver damage?

Antabuse (disulfiram) & Liver: Hepatitis can occur after weeks or months of starting Antabuse (disulfiram). Baseline liver function tests are needed before starting Antabuse (disulfiram). ...Read more

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Is drinking with disulfiram (antabuse) the worst of the side effects?

Is drinking with disulfiram (antabuse) the worst of the side effects?

See below: Disulfiram is approved as a treatment for alcohol dependence. It works by interfering with the breakdown of alcohol leading to an accumulation of acetaldehyde which causes nausea and flushing when you drink. ...Read more

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How long does antabuse (disulfiram) stay in one's system?

See below : I have seen some people having reactions one week later. ...Read more

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What vitamin could have a bad interaction with antabuse (disulfiram)?

What vitamin could have a bad interaction with antabuse (disulfiram)?

None: No vitamins are known to have any interactions with antabuse (disulfiram). Indeed, i feel it is wise for alcoholics to take b vitamins. Esp. High doses of vitamin b3, and many will also benefit from vit c, zinc. Magnesium, chromium etc.- see http://www.The-alcoholism-guide.Org/orthomolecular-alcoholism-treatment.Html however, one should avoid any herbs in tincture form! ...Read more

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How much time after I stop taking antabuse (disulfiram) can I drink?

Up to 10 days: in some people drinking within 10 days of taking disulfirma (antabuse) can cause a reaction. The larger question is why you want to go back to drinking that has obviously been very destructive to your life. There are better medications that reduce craving to drink - acamprosate, Naltrexone - and a counseling program is necessary to help you make better choices.Talk to your doctor rather than drink ...Read more

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Where can I get antabuse (disulfiram)?

Antabuse (disulfiram): From your doctor, by prescription.

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Why do they use antabuse (disulfiram)?

Why do they use antabuse (disulfiram)?

Antabuse (disulfiram): With alcohol.To deter alcohol use, due to unpleasant reaction if mixed. ...Read more

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What is antabuse (disulfiram) used for?

Alcoholism: Antabuse (disulfiram) causes the person who takes it and drinks alcohol to become violently ill. Mutual support such as alcoholics anonymous is a gentler method of treatment for alcoholism. ...Read more

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What is medication antabuse (disulfiram)?

Anti alcohol abuse: Antabuse (disulfiram) is also called disulfram. Basically it leads to a very quick onset hangover. It is used to keep patients from abusing alcohol. ...Read more

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Who should not take Antabuse (disulfiram)?

Avoid antabuse (disulfiram): Alcohol intoxication, Epileptic seizures, severe Cardio vascular disorders, liver or kidney inflammation, low thyroid, Diabetes, severe mental illness with loss of reality. Also, poorly compliant patients in detox who continue drinking. ...Read more

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Is there natural form of antabuse (disulfiram)?

Is there natural form of antabuse (disulfiram)?

No: One other medicine, Flagyl (metronidazole), used for vaginal infections and other parasitic infections, has antabuse-like actions, so if people drink on it, they get nauseated. Some people of asian background naturally do not make enough of an enzyme that metabolizes alcohol (which is blocked by antabuse) so they get some of the same symptoms- - flushing, nausea, headache, dizziness. ...Read more

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What is Antabuse (disulfiram) typically used for?

What is Antabuse (disulfiram) typically used for?

Antabuse (disulfiram): To deter alcohol use, due to unpleasant reaction if mixed. Quite effective if you comply with it and not drink. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Aylsworth
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Disulfiram (Definition)

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