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Drink Antabuse Sick
I am busy with an outpatient rehabilitation program which requires me to drink Antabuse (disulfiram). Will I get sick when I kiss a girl who has drunk alcohol?
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
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
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 (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
I would hope: So or you could make yourself really sick! ...Read more
I'm about to starting taking antabuse (disulfiram) tablets to get rid of my drinking habbit. Can I continue smoking?
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
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
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
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