What To Think About
You take this medicine every day for a period of weeks or longer, until you overcome your craving for alcohol. Disulfiram should not be taken within 24 hours of drinking alcohol. Disulfiram stays in the bloodstream for up to 2 weeks after the last dose. Uncomfortable symptoms will develop during this time if you drink alcohol.
While taking disulfiram, you cannot take medicines or use substances that contain alcohol (such as cough syrups, liquid medicines containing alcohol, mouthwashes, and wine vinegars). This will cause the same effects that occur when you take alcohol.
Several medicines, including seizure medicines, interact poorly with disulfiram. Be sure your doctor knows all the medicines you are taking before you try disulfiram.
You might want to ask friends or family to help you take disulfiram as directed until you feel confident about taking it on your own.
You might need liver function tests before and during the time you take disulfiram.
You will need to carry an identification card or wear a medical alert bracelet while taking disulfiram.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 18, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction