DISULFIRAM FOR ALCOHOLISM TREATMENT
Disulfiram (tetraethylthiuram disulfide or Antabuse) has been prescribed for the treatment of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in the United States for more than 65 years and is currently used by more than 200,000 Americans. Disulfiram works by interfering with the body’s digestion and absorption of alcohol, creating a series of highly unpleasant reactions in the process.
When an individual who is taking Disulfiram consumes alcohol they will begin to experience:
- Flushing of the skin
- Nausea and vomiting (sometimes violent)
- Higher blood pressure