Brand name: Antabuse, Antabus
Generic name: Disulfiram
Used for: Alcohol abuse
Availability: brand Antabuse 500 mg or generic Disulfiram 250 mg tablets
How Disulfiram Works
Used primarily to treat chronic alcoholism, the active ingredient in Antabuse is disulfiram, which interferes with the metabolism of alcohol, and creates unpleasant effects in an individual when alcohol is consumed. This is used as a way of discouraging the individual from continually consuming alcohol.
Generic Antabuse vs Brand Antabuse
The brand and the generic antabuse is chemically and therapeutically the same. The only difference is the manufacturer. We currently have the brand from Turkey and the generic from India. It may come from other suppliers around the world.
Disulfiram Possible side effects
Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following signs of an allergic reaction to Antabuse: hives, labored breathing, swollen face/lips/tongue/throat. Cease use of Antabuse immediately and get emergency medical attention if you exhibit any of the following side effects:
• Dark urine
• Extreme drowsiness/tiredness
• Loss of physical coordination
• Severe diarrhea or vomiting
• Yellowing of skin or eyes (jaundice)
Other, less serious side effects that may not require medical attention (but that should still be consistently monitored) include: skin rash/acne; mild headaches; mild drowsiness/tiredness; impotence; metallic taste in mouth; swollen/sore tongue. Please note that the preceding account for some of the most commonly experienced side effects associated with Antabuse, but may not represent all side effects experienced by all individuals. If you are ever concerned that this or any other product may be having adverse effects on your health, contact a medical professional immediately.
Make sure to tell your doctor about any pre-existing medical conditions, as well as medications you are taking prior to taking Antabuse. This product is part of an overall treatment program to combat chronic alcoholism. It is imperative to follow the treatment plan that has been designed for you, which includes consistent use of this medication. Be sure to avoid any alcohol at all, including the fumes of products that may contain alcohol including paint thinners, solvents, stains, colognes, perfumes, or mouthwashes. Your doctor may require you to carry an identification card to allow you to use Antabuse.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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