DISULFIRAM — Side Effects and Special Considerations

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    Disulfiram could cause side effects that include, but is not limited to:

    1. skin rash
    2. acne
    3. mild headache
    4. drowsiness
    5. tiredness
    6. impotence
    7. metallic taste or garlic-like taste in the mouth

    Mild side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, consult with your doctor.

    1. excessive tiredness
    2. weakness
    3. lack of energy
    4. loss of appetitie
    5. upset stomach
    6. vomiting
    7. yellowness of the skin or eyes
    8. dark urine

    Call your doctor immediately if you experience serious side effects.

    1. Disulfiram may cause allergic reactions. Inform your doctor if you have any drug allergies.

    2. Tell your physician what medications you are taking, especially amitriptyline (Elavil), anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin), isoniazid, metronidazole (Flagyl), phenytoin (Dilantin), and any nonprescription drugs that might contain alcohol.

    3. People who are pregnant or breastfeeding must also inform their doctor

    4. This medication has the tendency to make a person drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you.

    5. Do not drink any alcoholic beverages (including wine, beer, and medications that contain alcohol such as cough syrup) while taking disulfiram, during the 12-hour period before you take your first dose, and for several weeks after stopping the drug.

    6. Avoid sauces, vinegars, and all foods and beverages containing alcohol.



    What foods or products must I watch out for that could contain alcohol?



    When you are being treated with disulfiram, even the smallest amount of alcohol can cause a negative reaction when mixed whit this medication. So to prevent any adverse effects, food and product labels must be carefully checked. Products and foods containing alcohol that should be avoided include, but is not limited to mouthwashes, hair dyes, cough medications, cooking wine or vinegar, antiperspirants, perfumes, colognes, or aftershave. There are many other products that has alcohol content. Always check the label if you are unsure.



    It has been 122 hours since my last dose of disulfiram. Can I now drink alcohol?



    It is generally advised to wait for at least 14 days after your last dose to avoid any negative side effects from the interaction of the medication and alcohol.

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