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Antabuse

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Antabuse (disulfiram) belongs to the class of drugs that are prescribed to treat alcohol dependence. One way to save money on the Antabuse (disulfiram) retail cost regardless of income and insurance status is to use Antabuse (disulfiram) coupons or discount cards from RXCoupons. Use our Antabuse (disulfiram) coupons at your online pharmacy and receive up to 75% off the sale price each time you refill your prescription.

What is Antabuse (disulfiram)?

Antabuse (disulfiram) belongs to the class of drugs that are prescribed to treat alcohol dependence. Disulfiram increases sensitivity to alcohol and stops the craving for alcohol.

When mixed with alcohol, Antabuse leads to increased concentrations of acetaldehyde, which causes negative feelings and toxic physical reactions (flushing, burning feeling on the face, chest tightness, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia, anxiety, etc.).

When can I use Antabuse (disulfiram)?

Antabuse (disulfiram) is used for the treatment of chronic alcoholism and alcohol relapse prevention.

Antabuse (disulfiram) dosage

Antabuse (disulfiram) can be taken only under your doctor’s supervision. There are no generally accepted instructions for the dosage and duration of treatment.

To take Antabuse tablets, you should fully dissolve them in a glass of water.

The drug is taken at a dose of 200-500 mg 1-2 times per day. After 7-10 days, each patient has an alcohol-drug test reaction (for calculating your correction dose if necessary). You can then use a maintenance dose of 150-200 mg / day for 1-3 years.

Antabuse (disulfiram) side effects

Antabuse (disulfiram) may cause unwanted side effects such as metallic taste in the mouth, hepatitis, optic neuritis, memory loss, confusion, fatigue, headache, allergic reactions.

Disulfiram-ethanol reaction: respiratory failure, cardiovascular collapse, cardiac arrhythmias, angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, convulsions, neurological disorders, cerebral edema.

Disulfiram chronic administration: psychosis, hepatitis, gastritis, thrombosis, polyneuritis.

Antabuse (disulfiram) contraindications

Absolute contraindications: - Severe diseases of the cardiovascular system, neuritis of the auditory nerve, glaucoma, optic neuritis; - Asthma, emphysema; - Pulmonary tuberculosis; - Severe hepatic impairment; - Diabetes; - Hyperthyroidism; - Epilepsy and convulsions of any origin; - Mental illnesses; - Peptic ulcer disease; - Kidney disease; - Malignant tumors; - Polyneuritis; - Pregnancy and lactation; - Individual sensitivity to the drug.

Relative contraindications: - Cardiovascular diseases (stage of compensation); - Elderly patients (over 60 years); - Gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer disease in remission.

The drug is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation.

During the treatment, patients are advised to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, or use cosmetic products that contain alcohol.

Do not drive or operate machinery if you are on Antabuse therapy.

Antabuse (disulfiram) special instructions

Patients should be warned of high alcohol sensitivity or even intolerance to alcohol.

Co-administration with oral anticoagulants is associated with an increased risk of bleeding.

Disulfiram should be taken with caution in patients with renal insufficiency or hypothyroidism, especially in combination with alcohol.

Antabuse (disulfiram) overdose

Disulfiram-ethanol combination can cause a state of consciousness very similar to coma, as well as cardiovascular collapse and neurological complications.

Antabuse (disulfiram) drug interactions

Contraindicated combinations: - Alcohol. Toxic reaction (flushing, erythema, vomiting, tachycardia). Avoid taking alcoholic drinks and medicines containing alcohol.

Undesirable combinations: Isoniazid. Such combination can lead to a variety of problems. 5-nitroimidazole drugs (metronidazole, ornidazole, secnidazole, tinidazole) can lead to delirious disorders, confusion. Phenytoin combination is associated with toxic symptoms.

Combinations requiring caution: Theophylline. Disulfiram inhibits the metabolism of theophylline. As a result, theophylline dose should be reduced. Warfarin (and other oral anticoagulants) may cause bleeding. Benzodiazepines. Disulfiram may potentiate the sedative effects of benzodiazepines (especially chlordiazepoxide and diazepam). Tricyclic antidepressants may cause potentially dangerous reactions, especially if the patients mix disulfiram with alcoholic drinks.

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So, I was an alcoholic for a very and very long time and it was nearly impossible for me to quit even though I knew that this habit of mine would kill me someday if I won’t. I guess one of the main reasons for this was that I had big problms relating to other people in AA due to the fact that I have never hit rock bottom and I only went to one alcoholics meeting and never again. however, I also never quit drinking, I knew that I need it but I haven’t so I was living like that for many years. Either way, I was trying to search for help but a few people actually listened to me and actually tried to help. I now realize that there was only one person who actually wanted to help and actually helped me: it was my doctor who 2 years ago he gave me this drug Antabuse. So, here is where my “new life” began. After my last binge I was told to use 500 mg of Antabuse per day. After a couple of months I have decided to cut a little bit back to 250 mg per day. While I was on this medication I haven’t drank 1 mg of alcohol and I was sober for exactly 10 months. Exactly 10 months later I was invited to a party and I wanted to drink at that party so I have decided that I can drink a little bit. About half a month before that party I decided to stop using the drug otherwise I knew that I can end bad. At the party I drank a little bit and after that night I went back on a 2 day binge (it wasn’t a surprise at all). so later I started to take back the medicine and I have stopped to drink once again for a couple of months more. Well, I have been using this method for the last year (for the last 12 or 13 moths) – a couple of months on the drug and completely sober and later off of it and started to drink a little bit for a couple of days and after those days again started to use the drug and so on. During these months I was doing some experiments so I now know that I must be off of the drug at least 4 days before I plan drinking if I don’t want to have absolutely no side effects – this applies at the dosage that I am now on and my dosage now is 250 mg of the drug every other day. I now know that if I’m drinking too soon after stopping taking the drug my blood pressure would go waaaaay up, it raises very much and I guess that’s the reason why my whole body is turning beet red (or maybe this is not related to the raised blood pressure, I don’t know – the point is that it is very scary and that I won’t do it again). anyway, the side effects that I just have mentioned are due to the fact that I decided to drink and that I drank too soon before stopping the medication. The medication itself doesn’t have any side effects and it works perfectly. I’m very happy with it and my overall results are very encouraging for everybody who’s suffering from alcoholism to give it a try. I’m sure that my system is working mostly because I am having that willpower to come back to the drug after a couple of days of drinking. Either way, I am also sure that antabuse has helped me greatly with my control over my drinking at it is now much better than in the past when I had to do it on my own (or with the help of those meetings – that in my opinion are useless). Try antabuse and see it yourself, very good medicine for such situations.
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