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Antabuse Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking disulfiram (Antabuse)?

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have

  • liver disease,
  • kidney disease;
  • thyroid disease;
  • diabetes;
  • brain damage or mental disorders;
  • epilepsy or another seizure disorder.

You may not be able to take disulfiram, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during your therapy if you have any of these conditions.

Your doctor may want you to carry an identification card that states you are taking disulfiram. Ask your health care provider if you have any questions about this.

Disulfiram is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether disulfiram will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Disulfiram passes into breast milk in small amounts and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take disulfiram without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take disulfiram (Antabuse)?

Take disulfiram exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.

Store disulfiram at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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