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How Long After Heavy Drinking Can I Start Antabuse
Alcohol abuse is also known as Alcoholism. Abuse is the use of a substance (or doing an activity) that the user knows (or has been told by competent authority) that continued use is dangerous or unhealthful. Addiction is escalation of dose/frequency of use, drug/activity seeking, and not doing daily ...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
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
I'm about to starting taking antabuse tablets to get rid of my drinking habbit. Can I continue smoking?
How soon after drinking alcohol can I take antabuse? 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. 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
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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