Drug Class: What is Antabuse and why is it prescribed?
Dosage: How should you take Antabuse?
Special information on Antabuse
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Special dietary instructions
Possible side effects of Antabuse
|Drug Class: What is Antabuse and why is it prescribed?|
| Antabuse is Disulfiram and used to treat chronic alcoholism.
It causes unpleasant effects when even small amounts of alcohol are consumed. These effects include flushing of the face, headache, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, weakness, blurred vision, mental confusion, sweating, choking, breathing difficulty, and anxiety. These effects begin about 10 minutes after alcohol enters the body and last for 1 hour or more.
Antabuse, Disulfiram is not a cure for alcoholism, but discourages drinking. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses;
|Dosage: How should you take Antabuse?|
Antabuse(Disulfiram) comes in tablets to take by mouth. It should be taken once a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.
Take Antabuse exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. If you cannot swallow the tablets, crush them and mix the medication with water, coffee, tea, milk, soft drink, or fruit juice.
Storage: Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed,
|Special information on Antabuse|
Before taking Antabuse tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Antabuse or any other drugs. Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially amitriptyline (Elavil), anticoagulants (blood thinners) such as warfarin (Coumadin), isoniazid, metronidazole (Flagyl), phenytoin (Dilantin), any nonprescription drugs that might contain alcohol, and vitamins. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had diabetes, thyroid disease, epilepsy, brain damage, or kidney or liver disease. Tell your
|What should I do if I forget a dose?|
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
|Special dietary instructions|
Do not drink any alcoholic beverages (including wine, beer, and medications that contain alcohol such as cough syrup) while taking Antabuse, during the 12-hour period before you take your first dose, and for several weeks after stopping the drug.
Avoid sauces, vinegars, and all foods and beverages containing alcohol.
|Possible side effects of Antabuse|
| Although side effects from Antabuse are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: skin rash, acne, mild headache, drowsiness, tiredness, impotence, metallic taste or garlic-like taste in the mouth.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: excessive tiredness, weakness, lack of energy, loss of appetitie, upset stomach, vomiting, yellowness of the skin or eyes, dark urine.
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