What is Antabuse and when is it used?

Antabuse is used on prescription as an auxiliary in alcohol withdrawal, in combination with other non-drug forms of treatment.

What should be taken into account outside of treatment?

Do not consume alcohol under Antabuse. Any consumption of alcohol, even in very small quantities, leads to unpleasant reactions, for example, palpitations, headaches, nausea and vomiting, dizziness and loss of consciousness.

The reactions mentioned can appear already after the consumption of negligible amounts of alcohol, especially with chocolates containing alcohol or after the use of a cosmetic product containing alcohol!

When should Antabuse not be used?

During severe heart disease, psychosis or severe brain damage. In case of hypersensitivity to the active substance disulfiram or to any of the excipients depending on the composition.

Patients who have responded to previous Antabuse with jaundice or signs of liver inflammation should not be treated with Antabuse again.

The product should not be used in children and adolescents.

What are the precautions to observe when taking Antabuse?

Taking Antabuse may influence the effect of other medicines, for example blood-diluting medicines, phenytoin (a medicine given in epilepsy), as well as some sedatives from the benzodiazepine group. Some medicines used in gynaecological disorders or tropical diseases contain metronidazole and may cause a confusional state in combination with Antabuse.

If there are signs of liver inflammation or jaundice, such as loss of appetite, fatigue vomiting, weakness, fever, pruritus, dark staining of urine or discoloration of stool, discontinue Antabuse immediately and seek medical attention. In case of visual disturbances and when a rash occurs, also consult your doctor without delay.

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you suffer from other diseases, if you are allergic or if you are already taking other medicines for internal or external use (even if you are self-medicating!).

Can Antabuse be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

During pregnancy, Antabuse should not be taken. Since alcohol is harmful to the fetus, it is also worth giving up alcohol altogether, even in the absence of Antabuse treatment.

How to use Antabuse?

In general, Antabuse is administered by a trusted person. Dispergette is dissolved in half a glass of water. This results in a fine dispersion with a neutral taste. It should be drunk without waiting. You must not have consumed alcohol for at least 3 days before starting treatment.

Usual dosage

At first, 2 dispersions daily for 3 days, then ½ dispersions daily or 1 dispersions every 2 days.

Do not change the prescribed dosage on your own. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you feel that the effectiveness of the drug is too low or on the contrary too strong.

To date, the use and safety of dispergettes, as well as Antabuse tablets have not been verified in children and adolescents under 18 years of age.

What side effects can Antabuse cause?

Abstinence from alcohol can lead to the manifestation of certain emotions and reactions that were previously masked by alcohol intake.

The following side effects may occur when taking Antabuse:

Often: insomnia, headache, fatigue, bad breath, metallic taste in the mouth, gastric disorders, diarrhea.

Occasional: acneiform rash, pruritus.

Rarely: muscle weakness, impaired vision and coordination.

Frequency unknown: liver damage, skin rash.

If you notice any side effects not described here, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist.

What else should we pay attention to?

Antabuse should be kept out of reach of children.

This medicine should only be used until the date indicated by "EXP:" on the package. Store at room temperature (15-25 °C), away from moisture.

For more information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. These people have detailed information.

What does Antabuse contain?

Antabuse 400 mg dispergets contain 400 mg of disulfiram and auxiliary substances, in the form of break-up tablets, easily disintegrating by dispersion.