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Dr. Arthur Aylsworth
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Disulfiram (Definition)

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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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Can I use any illegal drugs while on antabuse (disulfiram)?

No: Not unless you want to have a new addiction. Clearly you are taking this med for problems related to alcohol. Replacing that with a new substance will very likely result in cross addiction. Get healthy support. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to still smoke pot while taking the drug antabuse (disulfiram)?

Sure: While you're taking disulfiram, alcohol will make you sick but cannabis won't affect you. Right or wrong, cannabis remains illegal in most places. You've probably had bad experiences with alcohol, and while cannabis is less likely to make you belligerent, it's not going to make you smarter, more productive, or (in the long run) happier or better-liked. Hope you find what you really want. Cheers. ...Read more

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What are the downsides to Antabuse (disulfiram) or similar? Seems like a no brainer if one wants a bit of neg reinforcement to alcohol consumption?

What are the downsides to Antabuse (disulfiram) or similar? Seems like a no brainer if one wants a bit of neg reinforcement to alcohol consumption?

Can't drink: If you are serious about not drinking it can be helpful--if you impulsively drink you may end up in the ER! People who really don't want to quit say shaving lotion makes them sick or what if they eat something cooked in wine etc. Sounds like you are serious about not drinking & it should be of help to you! ...Read more

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The prescription drug disulfiram is used to treat the addiction to what?

The prescription drug disulfiram is used to treat the addiction to what?

Alcohol: 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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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter medications similar to clobetasol propionate for excema?

Are there any over-the-counter medications similar to clobetasol propionate for excema?

Nothing that strong: Clobetasol is a very potent topical steroid and can cause atrophy of the skin if overused, so it and medications of similar strength need to be supervised and prescribed by your physician. ...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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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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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

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Can antabuse (disulfiram) affect alcohol test results?

Can antabuse (disulfiram) affect alcohol test results?

No: This is not an interfering substance either for the breath or the blood tests. ...Read more

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Can you smoke weed while taking antabuse (disulfiram)?

No: One cannot smoke weed (marijuana) while on medications because weed is unhealthy and can react with prescription drugs; not to mention the fact that weed is illegal under U.S. Law. However, if one's doctor has prescribed weed as a medical treatment, the patient should bring in all his other medications in to review with his doctor, in case there are possible reactions among the medications. ...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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What side effects are associated with Antabuse (disulfiram)?

Antabuse (disulfiram): Headaches, Drowsiness, Tiredness, Acne, Metallic or Garlic taste in mouth, appetite changes, jaundice, sore or swollen tongue, impotence. ...Read more

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Drank 11 hours ago, took antabuse (disulfiram) this morning?

Drank 11 hours ago, took antabuse (disulfiram) this morning?

Depends: The package insert says that alcohol can cause an Antabuse (disulfiram) reaction within 24 hours of drinking alcohol. However, in most cases, all detectable alcohol in blood and the body are gone within 8--10 hours, unless drinking has been very heavy and there is liver damage. If the drug is not deterring you from drinking, you should talk with your doctor about another anti-craving medication. ...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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Can I eat food cooked with wine while on antabuse (disulfiram)?

Antabuse (disulfiram) and wine: It should be okay to cook with a little wine while on antabuse (disulfiram). Most of the alcohol evaporates during cooking. If you take 250 mgs per day, or less, a very small amount of alcohol should not cause an Antabuse (disulfiram) reaction. Some take 500 mgs per day, and for those people, I would probably avoid any and all alcohol, even a small amount used for cooking. Good luck. ...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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If I drink while on antabuse, (disulfiram) would I get so sick that i'd end up dying?

Yes.: That's pretty much the point of Antabuse (disulfiram) - to get you out of thinking "one little drink won't hurt me" - 'cause it will. ...Read more

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Can I use make-up that has alcohol as an ingredient iif I taking antabuse (disulfiram)?

Can I use make-up that has alcohol as an ingredient iif I taking antabuse (disulfiram)?

Should be ok: The tiny amounts of alcohol that could be absorbed topically through the skin from makeup should not be enough to cause any problems with your antabuse (disulfiram). There are alcohol free makeups and skin care products if you are concerned, and these are probably better for your skin anyway. ...Read more

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Why do they use antabuse (disulfiram) instead of a regular pill that makes you nauseous?

Why do they use antabuse (disulfiram) instead of a regular pill that makes you nauseous?

Alcohol: Antabuse (disulfiram) is prescribed to individuals with alcohol problems and is an attempt to stop someone from drinking by inducing a negative reaction when someone drinks. In essence, it psychology employs behavioral theory by connecting alcohol use with a negative experience. Antabuse (disulfiram) prevents the body from breaking down certain chemicals. Other meds do not. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Antabuse (Definition)

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