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March 6th 2013
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Antabuse safety precautions: Before you start using Antabuse, make sure you learn as much as possible about this medicine to avoid suffering any side effects or unpleasant reactions. It’s recommended to talk to your health care provider about the possibility of taking Antabuse and be as honest as possible with this person to make sure your treatment will be successful. Your doctor will tell you all you need to know about taking Antabuse safely and you will just have to follow all the recommendations. You will need to be aware of the fact Antabuse can interfere with even those products that contain low amounts of alcohol – such as vinegars, sauces, cough and cold medicines and other foods. Make sure you read the label of each product very carefully to avoid unpleasant reactions. Your health care provider is supposed to know if you have or ever had any health conditions that can interfere with the success of your treatment, such as thyroid disease, mental disorders, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, seizure disorders, or brain damage. Any of the medical conditions mentioned can affect the success for your treatment as they may require you to be taking a higher or lower dose – your doctor is the one to decide how much of Antabuse you can take to benefit from it without making your other health problems worse. You may require a dose adjustment in case of having any of the health conditions mentioned, although some patients are recommended to take some other medicine instead. Antabuse is FDA pregnancy category C – this drug can harm an unborn baby and pass into breast milk. It can be quite dangerous for a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, so the treatment will need to be discussed with your health care provider beforehand. You will need to use a reliable method of birth control to avoid getting pregnant while using this medicine. If you think you may have got pregnant – seek your doctor’s advice to see which options you have. The benefits of your treatment with disulfiram rarely outweigh potential risks for the baby, and you will most probably recommended to discontinue the treatment. However, different cases requite individual approach and things may be different if you have certain health aspects. Never take Antabuse when you are intoxicated and avoid drinking alcohol within 2 weeks from the moment you took antabuse. This medicine can remain efficient for quite a long period of time, so you will need to be careful when consuming alcohol for some time after the last dose of Antabuse. Taking too much of this medicine is not going to make its effects last longer and instead can worsen some of the side effects you may be already having. To avoid worsened side effects make sure you always wait for some time before you drink alcohol. Never give this medicine to people that are going to drink alcohol but are not aware of the effects Antabuse may have. Always talk to your doctor if you have any doubts about the efficiency of your treatment, but do not do anything yourself to improve the situation.

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