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Disulfiram

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Disulfiram is an alcohol-abuse deterrent. It’s used to treat alcoholism along with counseling therapies. It prevents the unpleasant side effects that come with alcohol consumption by blocking the breakdown of alcohol.

On using this medication you may experience side effects such as headache, bad taste in mouth, drowsiness, darkening of urine, seizures, weakness, fatigue, reduced appetite, mental or mood problems, swelling and skin rash. If you face any of allergic reactions or any adverse reaction contact your health care provider right away.

Before using this medication notify your doctor if: you are allergic to any of the ingredients contained within Disulfiram, you are alcoholic, you have severe heart problems/ brain damage/ lung diseases, you have any other allergies, you have diabetes/ seizures/ underactive thyroid/ depression, you are taking any prescription or non-prescription drugs, you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant or are nursing a baby.

The dosage should be prescribed by the doctor based on your overall medical history and current condition. The usual dose in adults for treating alcohol dependence is 500 mg, taken orally once daily for 1-2 weeks. The maintained dose is 250 mg taken once daily.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Psychiatrist before using this medicine.

  • Alcoholism

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Alconol 500mg tablet may cause symptoms such as flushing, increased heartbeat, nausea, thirst, chest pain and low blood pressure with alcohol (Disulfiram reactions).
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Alconol 500mg tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Disulfiram, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Disulfiram as ingredient

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Disulfiram acts as an alcohol-abuse inhibitor. It interferes with the way your body metabolizes alcohol. The body breaks down alcohol into acetaldehyde compounds, which are further broken down by aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme. Disulfiram prevents the enzyme from functioning properly. As a result, acetaldehyde is not converted to acetic acid, and gets accumulated in the bloodstream instead.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    Epsolin 50Mg/2Ml Injection

    Mezolam 7.5Mg Injection

    Medzol 1Mg Injection

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