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Dr. Arthur Aylsworth
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Disulfiram (Overview)

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


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What is disulfiram (antabuse) and what is it used for?

What is disulfiram (antabuse) and what is it used for?

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. It also seems to slow metabolism of Dopamine which has led to its having a small role in Cocaine dependence. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Aylsworth
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Disulfiram (Overview)

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


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Has anyone had experience with disulfiram?

Yes: The GI symptoms shortly after ingesting alcohol are nasty; strong motivation to not flirt with that first drink. ...Read more

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Is disulfiram used to treat patients who are addicted to alcohol?

Is disulfiram used to treat patients who are addicted to alcohol?

It can be.: The are several medications available to help with alcohol dependence, one of which is Disulfiram or 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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My bf takes 200mg disulfiram daily last time on them he was fine this time a red bumpy rash everyday. Will doc take him off him. He needs them.

See below: Disulfiram can cause a rash and this is reported as a common side effect. Whether this is enough to stop the med, I would refer to his doctor and have the rash looked at. ...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)?

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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Has anyone had experience with disulfiram?

Yes: The GI symptoms shortly after ingesting alcohol are nasty; strong motivation to not flirt with that first drink. ...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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Please tell me what counteracts disulfiram?

Why?: You planning on drinking on it? Bad idea, since the reaction can be so immediate and nasty that there isn't time for an antidote. If you are the person on antabuse, (disulfiram) the only reason to want to counteract it would be to drink, and that would be BAD for you, so I am not going to say. But there ISN'T anything to counteract it you can use to safely drink. An Antabuse (disulfiram) reaction can be treated with meds. ...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

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What is disulfiram (antabuse) and what is it used for?

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. It also seems to slow metabolism of Dopamine which has led to its having a small role in Cocaine dependence. ...Read more

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How long does antabuse (disulfiram) stay in the system?

How long does antabuse (disulfiram) stay in the system?

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 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 is the chemical name of disulfiram (antabuse) and what is it for?

Alcohol abuse: Disulfiram is the generic name for the drug. Though not used much anymore, Disulfiram is designed to help treat alcohol addiction. Drinking alcohol while taking Disulfiram leads to flushing, nausea and vomiting. ...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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If you've been sober for over a year should you still take antabuse (disulfiram)?

RIsk of Relapse?: One needs to be always concerned by the possibility of relapse, i.e. Restarting drinking alcoholic beverages. This question needs to be shared with your physician and counsellor (drug and alcohol, psychologist, minister). Medications such as antabuse, (disulfiram) or the new monthly injection vivitrol, are only part of one's important options to stay well. Finding a compatible support group has helped many! ...Read more

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What foods can I eat and what foods should I avoid while taking antabuse (disulfiram)?

Avoiding Alcohol: I think the only comment here is any foods with alcohol. Otherwise there are no known restrictions or recommendations. ...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 antabuse (disulfiram) be used to treat hangover?

No, not unless: You want to risk getting very sick from antabuse (disulfiram) ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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