What happens if you drink alcohol while taking Antabuse?

What to Know Before Taking It

What will happen if you drink alcohol while taking Antabuse?

Using alcohol, even a small amount, while taking this medication can lead to a reaction that may include flushing, throbbing headache, breathing problems (e.g., shortness of breath, fast breathing), nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme tiredness, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat, or blurred vision.

How long after drinking can I take Antabuse?

People starting disulfiram should not take their first dose of the medication until at least 12 hours after their last drink of alcohol. Taking disulfiram too soon after drinking causes a reaction that can lead to severe illness.

Does Antabuse work for everyone?

While Antabuse does work for some, it’s not the right treatment for everyone. This medication does not reduce or eliminate cravings; rather it makes the alcoholic so sick after drinking that he or she theoretically will not want to drink again.

Does Antabuse make you lose weight?

Middle-aged mice were fed high-fat diets before being given Antabuse, with a group tested using a high dose of the medicine disulfiram losing as much as 40 per cent of their body weight in just four weeks while also protecting the animals’ livers and pancreases.

Can you drink Kombucha on Antabuse?

Kombucha tea contains alcohol. The body breaks down alcohol to get rid of it. Disulfiram (Antabuse) decreases the break-down of alcohol. Taking kombucha tea along with disulfiram (Antabuse) can cause a pounding headache, vomiting, flushing, and other unpleasant reactions.

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Is Antabuse a controlled substance?

Antabuse is used in the treatment of alcohol dependence and belongs to the drug class drugs used in alcohol dependence. Risk cannot be ruled out during pregnancy. Antabuse 250 mg is not a controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).