Antabuse

Antabuse

Antabuse helps to get an alcohol addiction under control. The active substance disulfiram reacts strongly with alcohol and causes unpleasant side effects which discourage drinking anything containing alcohol. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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What is Antabuse?

Antabuse helps to get an alcohol addiction under control. The active substance disulfiram reacts strongly with alcohol and causes unpleasant side effects which discourage drinking anything containing alcohol. You can Antabuse online at the pharmacies that work with Dokteronline.com.

How is Antabuse used?

An alcohol addiction can seriously endanger one's health; especially the liver which can be severely damaged as a result of drinking a lot of alcohol. In addition, alcohol abuse increases the risk of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Antabuse can help people to give up drinking. This drug creates unpleasant side effects when used in conjunction with alcohol. Within minutes after drinking an alcoholic drink, symptoms such as anxiety, headache, nausea and vomiting, increased heartbeat and a red face occur. These phenomena may last several hours. This creates an aversion to alcohol.

How should you take Antabuse?

Swallow the tablet whole with some water. You could also dissolve the tablet in some juice or water. You normally start with a high dose for a few days and then switch to a maintenance dose that can be taken daily or twice a week, for example. Moreover, Antabuse reacts with very small amounts of alcohol.

Dosage

The participating pharmacies have Antabuse available online. Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, the usual dose is as follows:

  • Initial dose: 800 mg per day, for 2 to 3 days.
  • Maintenance dose: 100 to 200 mg per day, or twice a week 400 to 800 mg.

Read the instructions before use.

Side effects

In addition to the side effects that occur in combination with alcohol, there are other side effects that may occur. These are symptoms, such as:

  • Drowsiness or fatigue (usually temporary);
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (garlic or metallic taste in the mouth);
  • Skin rash or acne.

If you experience these or any other side effects, consult a doctor. More information about the side effects can be found in the leaflet.

When should you not use this medicine?

Antabuse is not a suitable drug for everyone. Do not use this medicine if you are:

  • Allergic to disulfiram or any of the excipients;
  • Suffering from heart failure;
  • Suffering from mental illness manifesting in psychosis;
  • Suffering from a severe brain injury or severe liver disease
  • Have acute alcohol poisoning.

If you have impaired liver function or suffer from other health problems, talk to a doctor before taking Antabuse as it is known to interact with other medications. Always tell a doctor what medicines you are using. More information on these subjects can be found in the leaflet.

Pregnancy / Driving / Alcohol

Antabuse should only be used during pregnancy on the advice of a doctor. Do not take this medicine if you are breastfeeding. Side effects like sleepiness or fatigue can affect your ability to react quickly so do not drive if you experience these symptoms. Do not take Antabuse with alcohol: even a small amount can lead to unpleasant side effects. Drinking large amounts of alcohol combined with Antabuse can cause very serious side effects, which can even lead to death.