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How long can a patient take disulfiram? So that he become fully alcohol dependent.

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Dear Abhi, Disulfiram can be taken life long, if the patient wants to remain sober. He can stop 1-2 weeks before he plans to drink alcohol.
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Hi! lybrate user! For treatment of Alcohol dependence syndrome,Disulfiram therapy duration is minimum 1 year.
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You mean off alcohol? It differs but disulfiram could be taken for years if they are actively assessed and followed up by a psychiatrist.
Its your will power that will make you alcohol independent. Unless you recognise that its the root cause of all sort of bad thing, it spoil personal life. Its a major cause of accidental death, family issues, even major rape cases the person in drunken, some time he even not spare his own family member. If disulfiram is to be used, the patient must clearly understand the risks of drinking while taking the drug, and the physician and patient must agree about the need for continued clinical supervision and monitoring for efficacy and side effects. The physician must also recognize that disulfiram is only an adjunctive therapy and that continued support, supervision, and other therapeutic measures are required. Disulfiram is probably effective in reducing the frequency of alcohol consumption in the compliant patient over the short term (e.g. 6 months). Certain subgroups of patients, such as those who are older, those who are more socially stable, and those who are well-motivated, may experience a beneficial effect for longer periods. The drug may be most effective in reducing short-term alcohol consumption when the compliance of the patient is supervised, although consideration of this kind of therapy includes the practical problems of supervising the patient and concerns that the supervising person may be placed in a difficult position. Its not magic wick. Ultimate its you who decide and there are ways to avoid it, please try speaking to me.
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