Generic Antabuse™®: Disulfiram
Disulfiram is the chemical name of the active ingredient in Antabuse™®
Chemical Name: DISULFIRAM (dye-SUL-fi-ram)
Common uses : This medicine is an alcohol-abuse deterrent used to help overcome drinking problems.
Before using : WARNING: Disulfiram must never be given to a patient without their permission, nor to a patient under the influence of alcohol. Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking alcohol-containing products. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking a benzodiazepine, metronidazole, warfarin, or medicine for seizures. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.
Directions : Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. DO NOT TAKE THE FIRST DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE for at least 12 hours after drinking alcohol. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Cautions : AVOID ALL ALCOHOL INCLUDING alcohol found in sauces, vinegar, mouthwash, liquid medicines, lotions, after shave, or backrub products. A REACTION TO ALCOHOL may cause flushing, nausea, thirst, abdominal pain, chest pain, dizziness, vomiting, fast breathing, fast heartbeat, fainting, difficult breathing, or confusion. USE CAUTION when using topical products containing alcohol, such as cologne or perfume. Before using alcohol-containing products on the skin, test the product by applying some to a small area of the skin. If no redness, itching, headache, or nausea occur after 1 to 2 hours, you should be able to use the product. FOR 2 WEEKS AFTER YOUR LAST DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, you may have a reaction if you drink alcohol or use a product that contains alcohol. CARRY IDENTIFICATION that states you are taking this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.
Possible side effects : SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include mild drowsiness, headache, or a metallic or garlic-like taste in the mouth. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience numbness or tingling of arms or legs, blurred vision, or changes in color vision. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Drug interactions : Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job. Use our drug interaction checker to find out if your medicines interact with each other. Check drug interactions
If you take too much : If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include unsteadiness, unusual bleeding or bruising, facial flushing, decreased sexual ability, fainting, memory loss, garlic or rotten egg breath, metallic taste, and seizures.
Additional information : DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.