What is Antabuse and how is it Used in Alcohol Detox?
Alcohol abuse has dominated your life long enough and it is time to get help! As you investigate all your options, you recognize a name you have heard before: Antabuse. What is Antabuse and how is it used in alcohol detox?
What is Antabuse?
Antabuse (Disulfiram) was the first medication approved by the FDA and has been used in alcohol treatment for over 50 years. Antabuse is used in persons who want to stop alcohol use but cannot do so on their own. It works by creating a negative reaction when it is taken and alcohol is consumed. Antabuse allows a build-up of acetaldehyde (the toxic substance that is produced when alcohol is consumed). Acetaldehyde is the reason excessive drinkers have hangovers. The body oxidizes acetaldehyde into the harmless substance acetic acid. Antabuse alters the metabolic process by blocking the body’s ability to absorb alcohol and prevents the body from producing the enzyme for alcohol absorption. In short, the body produces an excessive amount (five to ten times the norm) of acetaldehyde which results in flushing, nausea and palpitations.
What are the Effects of Antabuse?
Since Antabuse results in an increased amount of acetaldehyde, there are certain side effects from using it which can range in intensity from mild to severe and will depend on the combination of the amount of the medication and alcohol in the body. Consuming alcohol while taking Antabuse may result in the following symptoms:
- Excessive sweating
- Blurred vision
- Breathing problems
- Chest pain
- Congestive heart failure
Antabuse should only be taken by individuals who are fully aware of the consequences of using the medication and drinking. Antabuse should not be used in persons with a history of heart disease, psychosis or women who are pregnant. Antabuse is not a “magic pill” to stop you from drinking. Antabuse won’t prevent cravings or relapse and it will not treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It is a deterrent from drinking alcohol in that if you take it and drink you will become violently sick. Whether or not it is the right medication for you will determine on how long you use Antabuse and how committed you are to quitting alcohol use.
Inpatient Medical Detox for Alcoholism
An alternative to trying to quit alcohol use on your own, or with the help of Antabuse is to seek assistance from an inpatient alcohol detox facility. The purpose of alcohol detox is to remove the toxic chemicals from alcohol use from the body. Another reason to seek assistance from a professional detox center is to manage withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. For some individuals alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be deadly, especially if the individuals has the DTs and the condition is left untreated. An alcohol detox treatment which uses IV therapy will offer the best solution for managing withdrawal symptoms, addressing the DTs and will increase the chances of a successful alcohol detox. If you want to know what is Antabuse and how is it used in alcohol detox, Gallus Detox Center can help. Call us today for a confidential consultation at 855-338-6929.