How to stop drinking alcohol? Medicine to stop drinking. Antabuse treatment
How does Antabuse work? Help to stop drinking
The use of Antabuse to treat the alcoholism is reasonable if a patient is aware of possible consequences. Antabuse has a peculiar mechanism of the action, and its effect cannot be called as soft. A human either stops consuming alcohol, or this human feels sick and is not able to do anything.
The mechanism of the alcoholism treatment consists in a production of an acute side effect during the alcohol consumption. Antabuse influences on metabolism of ethanol in the body, so that it becomes more toxic. Then a low dose of alcohol taken after the use of the Antabuse pill may cause a serious intoxication.
A person realizes that those side effects that he/she has had during the alcohol consumption may repeat, and it makes the body develop a disgust for ethanol. As Antabuse does not act on the nervous system and is not able to relieve the moral sufferings during quitting the alcohol due to its firm action, it helps to quickly treat the alcoholism.
A therapeutic effect of Antabuse is kept for a long period because reflexes produced by the body are fixed on the subconscious level, and planning to have some alcohol, the person will be afraid of the side effects.
It is necessary to understand the fact that a person taking this drug should take a responsibility for the possible side effects. Antabuse is often added to food or mixed with drinks by relatives of the alcoholic. They think that they will help the patient this way. But before the person will get that he/she has a serious problem and has to get rid of it, the efficacy of Antabuse will be low.
Yes, a side effect may be caused but the patient will return to this bad habit in a while. It will be continued till the drug stops acting, and the body will stop giving a reaction to alcohol.
Fear and a disgust for alcohol will appear within 1-2 months of the treatment. Even a smell of alcohol will cause the disgust and negative associations, and therefore this method of the treatment of alcoholism is radical and very effective.
A probability that a patient will restore the alcohol abuse after the successful prolonged treatment will be less than 26%. It is the highest rate among all modern ways to treat the alcoholism.
The Antabuse (Disulfiram) Reaction. How to quit drinking?
The body intoxication appearing during the interaction of ethanol with Antabuse is called as Disulfiram-like reaction. Disulfiram is the active ingredient in Antabuse and is responsible for the therapeutic effect.
The Disulfiram-like reaction is the increase of the natural response of the body to the alcohol consumption. It happens because the work of Aldehyde dehydrogenase is blocked; it is a special hepatic enzyme which cleans the body from acetaldehyde (a poisoning product of the ethyl splitting). As this enzyme stops acting, the acetaldehyde is accumulated in the body. It is very toxic, and the body reaction is instant.
The body intoxication is accompanied by severe adverse effects:
- Breathlessness and breathing inhibition;
- Tachycardia and blood pressure spiking;
- Headache and dizziness;
- Irritation, sometimes aggression;
- Cruel attacks of nausea, vomiting, acute stomachache and pain in the liver.
If these symptoms are neglected, severer reactions may occur in the cardiovascular system up to collapse. Due to this intensive and severe Antabuse Reaction, the person develops a negative reflex to alcohol.
What is Antabuse used for? Disulfiram uses. Cure for alcoholism
Antabuse (Disulfiram) is prescribed during:
- Prolonged alcohol abuse;
- Chronic alcoholism.
If a person is addictive to alcohol and drug-free methods do not help to defeat this illness, this person is prescribed Antabuse. It especially regards people who have complications caused by the alcohol abuse.
However, not all patients with alcohol addiction are prescribed Antabuse. This medicine may be contraindicated during serious affection of the liver or cardiovascular system. Therefore, a qualified medical specialist who knows exactly about the use of Antabuse should prescribe the treatment only.
Before taking Antabuse, a patient has to consult a physician, psychotherapist, and therapist for alcoholics. Each of the doctors will prescribe an individual examination to detect the manifestations of the alcoholism and an optimal treatment.
Antabuse is prescribed both women and men at the age of 18 to 60. The use of the drug at older age increases the load on the heart, nervous system, liver, and kidneys. Therefore, the additional danger is created which should be avoided.
Antabuse may be used at the age of over 60 only if the alcoholism progresses and is dangerous for the life and health of a patient.
Antabuse dosage. Disulfiram tablets forms 250 mg and 500 mg
Antabuse is released in the form of effervescent pills of white color. The pills are released in two forms:
- Round pills with the center strip.
- Octagon pills with the beveled edges and Antabuse and dose print.
The pills are released in two doses: 250 mg and 500 mg. Due to the center strip on each pill, the dose may be equally reduced during the high sensitivity to Disulfiram.
Depending on a supplier, the package may contain various quantity of the pills. Specify the number of the pills before buying Antabuse in order to have the continuous treatment.
Antabuse (Disulfiram) Side Effects
Antabuse Side Effects may be divided into two categories:
- Side effects conditioned by the pharmacokinetic properties of Disulfiram.
- Side effects conditioned by the combination of Disulfiram and ethyl alcohol.
In the first case, the side effects are related to the individual sensitivity to the active ingredient Disulfiram. As it has an intensive action and causes a change of some metabolic processes, patients may have some side effects:
- Metallic taste in the mouth;
- Light dizziness;
- Dry mouth or thirst;
- Digestion disorder.
All these side effects are light and pass within 1-2 weeks in most patients. If these symptoms are not related to the interaction with Disulfiram and ethyl alcohol, and are kept or even grow during the prolonged use of the pills, go to a doctor.
In the second case, the side effects are conditioned by the pharmacological action of Antabuse. As it has been mentioned, the interaction of alcohol with Disulfiram causes an acute intoxication which is accompanied by many side effects:
- Loss of memory;
- Neuritis of the visual nerve;
- Temporal blurred vision;
- Heart beat disorder;
- Abrupt increase or decrease of the blood pressure;
- Severe edema of limbs, face;
- Acute state of gastritis or pancreatitis;
- Allergic reactions.
These side effects are moderately severe and appear during the use of a low dose of alcohol up to 50 ml. Using the higher doses, the side effects of Antabuse grow and a patient may have myocardial infarction, thrombosis of the brain, angina, and others.
All these manifestations are very dangerous for a patient, and therefore people are prohibited to consume alcohol after the use of the Antabuse pill. Due to these reasons, a hidden option of the treatment of the alcoholism may be very dangerous for a patient.
If a person has taken alcohol after Antabuse, call in an ambulance and have a stomach lavage. It is reasonable to take an absorbent agent to neutralize part of ethanol in the stomach before it is absorbed into the blood.
How to buy Antabuse (Disulfiram) online? How to get Antabuse?
Buying Antabuse (Disulfiram) in the online pharmacy is legal. You order Antabuse online paying by means of the bank transfer or your bank card. Sending the drug is done within 24 hours after crediting the amount to the account of the pharmacy.
If you have any questions about the order for Antabuse online and its usage during the anxious disorders, you can contact a support.
Antabuse is for sale by a prescription in the city pharmacies. You can buy Antabuse in the online pharmacy even if you lost your prescription, or it has been expired. You are not limited at the number of the Antabuse pills, and you will save on the treatment due to the low cost of the drug.