GENERIC NAME: disulfiram
BRAND NAME: Antabuse
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Disulfiram should never be given to a patient who is intoxicated, or without his or her full knowledge. Relatives of patients should be advised about this warning also.
Patients should be fully informed about the disulfiram-alcohol reaction and must be strongly warned about drinking while taking disulfiram. Patients should avoid alcohol in all forms, including alcohol in sauces, vinegars, cough mixtures, mouth wash, aftershave lotions, and back rubs.
Disulfiram may cause a reaction with alcohol up to 14 days after ingestion.
When alcohol is consumed by a patient taking disulfiram, effects include:
- throbbing headache,
- blurred vision,
- shortness of breath,
- abnormal heartbeats,
- heart attack or,
- liver failure.
Common side effects of disulfiram include:
- metallic or garlic-like taste in the mouth
- skin rash
- swollen or sore tongue
Possible serious side effects of disulfiram include:
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