Antabuse is used for treating alcoholism

Antabuse is a medicine that is used for treating alcoholism. An oral drug, Antabuse acts by blocking the oxidation of alcohol.

The normal prescribed Antabuse dose is 2 or 3 tablets a day. The drug should be swallowed and if there is any problem in swallowing, it can be crushed or mixed with some liquid and taken.

There is nothing to worry if a dose is missed. You can take it as soon as you remember it. However, do not take the missed dose if it is almost time for your regular doses. Never mix any two doses of Antabuse as it can increase the risk of side effects.

The drug should only be taken only on the advice of your doctor. Before he prescribes Antabuse, you have to discuss with him about all your medical history. Your doctor should have to know if you are diabetic, have problems of the liver/kidney/thyroid, have epilepsy, mental disorders or seizures. If pregnant or breast-feeding, better inform the doctor about your situation.

While taking the drug, do not consume alcohol. If you want to consume alcohol, have it only 12 hours after taking the drug. You should also keep away from products that contain alcohol.

Persons using Antabuse can also experience several side effects. Swelling (lips, face, tongue) and hives are the allergic reactions that come with Antabuse.

Seizures, yellowing (skin, eyes), tiredness, dark urine, dizziness, weakness, vomiting and severe diarrhoea are the severe side effects that one can experience.

The lesser side effects include skin rashes, metallic taste, mild headaches, mild weakness and dizziness.