May 15th, 2012

Disulfiram, also known as Antabuse, is a medication which help individuals who have stopped using alcohol avoid a relapse.

Disulfiram works in way that if an individual consumes alcohol while using the medicine, a feeling of illness overcomes them.

This is completely different to other medication like Campral that minimises the withdrawal symptoms of abstinence from alcohol abuse.

Disulfiram stops the damage that alcohol abuse causes in the liver and causes something known as the ‘disulfiram reaction’ (an accumulation of toxic chemicals) which creates dizziness, nausea, palpitations and can possibly be fatal should the alcoholic drink sufficient alcohol whilst on Antabuse / Anti-booze.

The medication is commonly used for those who have completed alcohol detoxification and are looking to remain sober on a long term basis and is recommended for use is in the first 12 months of abstinence as one leg of a more comprehensive alcohol treatment program.

However, disulfiram cannot be used for those suffering with heart problems, liver damage, high blood pressure, psychosis or who are suicidal.

Like any other medicine, it has side-effects, most notably disulfiram induced hepatitis, which can be fatal but very rare. Therefore it is important to have your case monitored by a medical professional who can prescribe the medication, monitor bloods and oversee the anti-booze / antabuse treatment instead of getting it at a chemist.

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