What This Treatment Is And The Conditions It’s Designed To Help Improve?
The generic name for the drug Antabuse is (disulfiram). It’s a drug that’s able to block out an enzyme that’s involved with helping to metabolize alcohol intake. This drug is known to cause serious side effects if it’s used with alcohol in the body.
The main use of this drug is to help people who suffer from serious alcoholism. Antabuse is effective because of the side effects it can cause when a person consumes alcohol and in this way it helps to stop drinking.
Antabuse is used in combination with behavior modification, psychotherapy as well as counseling in order to stop drinking problems. This drug doesn’t cure the condition is alcoholism itself.
When you us Antabuse is there anything you might consume right before using the drug that would make taking it problematic and if so what would be some of these things?
You need to make sure you don’t use this drug if you have taken medications such as metronidazole or paraldehyde. Also if you have consumed foods or products that have alcohol inside of them. Some examples of this would be mouthwash, cough medicine, cooking wine or vinegar, specific desserts, and others.
How soon can you take this medication after you have recently consumed alcohol and after you stop using the drug what’s the minimum period of time you should be off of it before it would be safe to drink alcohol again?
You will not want to take this drug if you have used alcohol in the past 12 hours. You will not want to consume any alcohol while on this drug and for a period of at least 14 days after you were to stop using it.
Should you let a doctor know if you are pregnant when using this drug or if you plan to become pregnant and what’s the main reason you would do this?
You should let a doctor know if you are pregnant or plan on being pregnant while on this drug. The main reason for this is because you might be at a higher risk for problems than another pregnant woman might be for some reason. The risk varies from case to case.
Is it safe for someone under the age of 18 to use this medication and what can be done in order to ensure that a person who is at a higher risk due to young age is kept safe while on the drug?
It’s fairly safe for people under the age of 18 to use this medication, but they might be at a higher risk for certain problems such as suicidal thoughts and mood issues. In order to keep a younger person safe on this drug the people around them will need to know what to look for such as changes in mood.
What are some of the possible common side effects a user of this treatment might face as well as some of the more serious side effects?
Serious potential side effects:
Eye pain or sudden vision loss
Confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior
Liver problems–nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
Less serious potential side effects:
Skin rash, acne
Mild headache, tired feeling
Impotence, loss of interest in sex
Metallic or garlic-like taste in the mouth
Serious side effects might require immediate medical attention.