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Antabuse Drinking Smoking
I'm about to starting taking antabuse tablets to get rid of my drinking habbit. Can I continue smoking?
More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more
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
Confusing.: The whole idea of taking Antabuse is to stop drinking; so why would you want to drink after taking it? But to answer your question, Antabuse has a 12-hour half-life, meaning that it takes your body 12 hours to clear out half of it -- so i wouldn't attempt to drink any alcohol (even cough medicine) for 3 days, minimum. ...Read more
Doubt it: It is unlikely. If you are of poor health, the stress may be severe enough; however, in healthy patients, it does not happen. I had one patient do 3-4 shots before they started having a reaction, they had the expected reaction of flushing and nausea which lasted 6 hours. Many of my patients can drink up to half drink before a reaction starts. That is why it should be used with other measures. ...Read more
I am taking antabuse to help me stop drinking. It is working but i read it causes liver damage. Is that true?
Try something else: Because of the nature of alcohol addiction, and the fact that Antabuse does nothing to reduce cravings for alcohol, most people will relapse on Antabuse then become very sick or even die. Instead take a medication that actually reduces cravings and will not make you sick if you relapse. If you do relapse, clinical data suggests you will drink less. Look into taking topiramax or naltrexone. ...Read more
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