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Dr. Arthur Aylsworth
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Disulfiram (Definition)

Disulfiram is an addiction reducing agent which is a ...Read more


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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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Can you die from drinking on antabuse (disulfiram)?

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

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Can I drink 96 hours after taking Antabuse (disulfiram) ?

NO!!!!!!!: you have had pancreatitis, and your doctor thought that your drinking was out of control, and that is why disulfiram (Antabuse) was prescribed. However, it doesn't work by itself, and you need to be in an intensive counseling program, in addition to attending self-help groups like AA. Antabuse may cause a reaction with alcohol up to 10 days after a dose. Talk to your doctor or counselor ASAP. ...Read more

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How long after taking antabuse (disulfiram) is it ok to drink?

How long after taking antabuse (disulfiram) is it ok to drink?

Antabuse (disulfiram): Antabuse (disulfiram) reaction can occur up to a week after last dose, if alcohol is consumed. After all, why take Antabuse (disulfiram) if you can't stop drinking?. ...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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How long do I have to wait to drink after taking antabuse (disulfiram)?

Confusing.: The whole idea of taking Antabuse (disulfiram) is to stop drinking; so why would you want to drink after taking it? But to answer your question, Antabuse (disulfiram) 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

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How long after drinking alcohol can start antabuse (disulfiram)?

How long after drinking alcohol can  start antabuse (disulfiram)?

Eight hours: Just stop drinking - half life of alcohol is about four hours. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am taking antabuse (disulfiram) 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 (disulfiram) does nothing to reduce cravings for alcohol, most people will relapse on Antabuse (disulfiram) 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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Can antabuse (disulfiram) damage the liver? Can drinking alcohol twice while on antabuse (disulfiram) damage the liver?

Antabuse (disulfiram): Drinking damages liver way more than Antabuse (disulfiram) does. Antabuse (disulfiram) is fairly low risk as far as liver damage. I would not compromise on drinking while on Antabuse (disulfiram) due to severe interaction side effects Antabuse (disulfiram) and drinking have. It looks, though, that it really doesn't work in your case if you're planning to drink while taking it. I would seek another way of quitting drinking. ...Read more

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How soon after drinking alcohol can I take antabuse (disulfiram)? I am concerned about eating in restaurants and getting alcohol in food. What about hair dye?

At least 24 hours: Wait at least 24 hours after drinking, to take any antabuse (disulfiram). If alcohol is used in cooking, it is generally burned off in the process -- no longer available as free alcohol to cause a reaction. Not so with liquor-laden desserts like creme de menthe over ice cream, etc. Ask for ingredients when ordering. Do not drink hair dye under any circumstances! used on your head, shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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How long after stopping antibuse tab can I have a drink?

Why U want to do tha: Antabuse, (disulfiram) r used for people with alcohol addiction , which mean u should refrain from using it ever again... Good luck. ...Read more

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Will i get sick if i drink if i've only had one anabuse pill?

Possibly: As you may have read with the literature that came with your medicine, any alcohol taken while the drug remains in your system can make you sick.That is one benefit to the drug in discouraging cheating. Even the alcohol in a teaspoonful of cold medicine can trigger the effects.Try it if you must, it may help you stay sober long term. ...Read more

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What are dr views on teenage drinking and smoking?

What are dr views on teenage drinking and smoking?

Do not do: Teenagers should not drink alcohol or smoke. In addition drug use is not a good idea either. ...Read more

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What are your views on teenage drinking and smoking?

What are your views on teenage drinking and smoking?

It will: Permanently change your ventral tegmental area, which will change your sense of pleasure forever. It's not worth it! ...Read more

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Ways to quit smoking and drinking?

Ways to quit smoking and drinking?

Get support: You've started by asking here for help. There's no one way to quit drinking or smoking. Find what works best for you. That said, support makes a huge difference. Tell your doctor your goals. Ask about smoking cessation. Go to http://www.aa.org/ to see if AA is the next step for you. Lots of support there. Stay positive and go at your own pace. It's not how fast you go, it's staying the course. ...Read more

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How to get rid of smoking and drinking?

How to get rid of smoking and drinking?

You have begun: 1st step, desire and seek support to stop a self destructive habit. Be insightful, what does the habit do, to/ for you. Be honest. What does it do against you. Seek knowledge. Make a plan. Make an informed plan. Most importantly us the power of your mind to visualize success. Do not be alone in this. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Antabuse (Definition)

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