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Disulfiram (By mouth)

Disulfiram (dye-SUL-fi-ram)

Used as part of a treatment plan for problem drinking. Creates an unpleasant reaction when drinking alcohol, which reduces the desire to drink. This medicine is part of a recovery program that includes medical supervision and counseling.

Brand Name(s):

Antabuse

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to disulfiram or to thiuram chemicals used in pesticides and rubber manufacturing. You should not use disulfiram if you have recently used metronidazole (Flagyl®) or paraldehyde (Paral®), or if you have severe heart disease or mental illness. Do not start taking disulfiram for at least 12 hours after drinking alcohol or swallowing any product that contains alcohol (such as cough or cold medicines, tonics, mouthwash, food sauces, vinegar, etc).

How to Use This Medicine:

Tablet

If a dose is missed:

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 12/12/2016

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