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Here are several facts and figures about alcohol addiction gleaned from several sources. Few of us realize just how widespread, devastating, and expensive a disease can be.
- Alcohol addiction is a disease. It can be treated.
- An alcohol abuser's life span may be shortened by 10-15 years.
- Currently, 1 in every 13 adults is alcohol addicted.
- Like most addictions the disease is progressive, and the drinking increases over time (also the physical and lifestyle damage).
- Alcohol is a poison. It disrupts the metabolism and, in sufficient quantities, damages internal organs, particularly the central nervous system.
So, there are enough reasons to get rid of alcohol addiction with the help of the modern effective medicine Antabuse.
What is Antabuse?
Antabuse Disulfiram is a drug, that when taken regularly or as an implant, produces a sensitivity to alcohol. Antabuse also referred to as sulfiram or disulfiram, is used in the treatment of alcohol addiction. Antabuse is non-toxic and is for people who are motivated to stop drinking alcohol. If you drink alcohol while taking Antabuse you will almost immediately experience severe nausea, vomiting, flushing, and other unpleasant symptoms. This severe physical discomfort will help you resist the temptation to drink.
Antabuse as a deterrent
The rationale for using Antabuse in treatment is not to make people sick or to conduct aversion therapy. It is a treatment based on a deterrent. If a person wants to stay abstinent, an implant becomes a powerful deterrent to drinking. When most people are told about the nature of the reaction, they don’t need to “test it” to benefit from the deterrent effect. If you stop taking Antabuse it will still react with alcohol several days later. When the drug is no longer in the system, there is no longer any reaction.
Antabuse: pills or implant?
Antabuse in pill form is F.D.A. approved and is an effective method to maintain sobriety. Greater than 90% of patients using Antabuse without interruption stop drinking for as long as the drug stays in their system. The problem with the pill is, that the patient can’t trust himself/herself to take the pill every day.
With the Antabuse Implant, that problem is eliminated. The implant delivers a continuing measured dose of the drug to ensure that the desired drug level remains in the body at all times. The implant effectively creates an “enforced sobriety” for about a year. If needed, the procedure can be repeated as many times as needed to maintain sobriety for life.
Research in Europe has shown that long-term use of Antabuse, using an Antabuse implant, is effective in helping people stop drinking. This is because the longer someone has Antabuse in their system, the more effective it is because they develop a “habit” of not drinking. The mind eventually stops obsessing. For example, if someone is forced to not smoke for a year, his or her chances to remain smoke-free for life are immensely improved.
Antabuse dosing regimen
Antabuse effervescent tablet is dissolved in water in an amount (usually half a glass is enough).
Treatment is prescribed after a thorough examination of the patient. The drug is taken orally at 200-500 mg 1-2 times/day according to an individual scheme.
After 7-10 days, a disulfiram-alcohol test is carried out with further correction of the doses of the drug if necessary. In the future, you can use a maintenance dose of 150-200 mg/day for 1-3 years.
Antabuse side effects: what to expect?
People rarely have side effects with Antabuse. The most common side effect is nothing, but occasionally users may develop some side effects for the first few weeks. These can include acne, skin rashes, increased tiredness, tremor, restlessness, reduced sexual potency, headache, dizziness, garlic-like metallic after-taste, mild upset stomach, and body odor.
In extremely rare cases, people can develop nerve damage, severe mental reactions, and liver toxicity, particularly when Antabuse is taken in excessive doses for prolonged periods. Overdosing is rare but possible with the pill form of the drug. The implant effectively removes the possibility of overdose.
How Antabuse helps to cope with addiction
It is said that alcoholism cannot be cured. This is partly true because this dependence is primarily psychological. Why choose Antabuse to suppress cravings for alcohol?
The rationale for using Antabuse in treatment is not to make people sick or to conduct aversion therapy. It is a treatment based on a deterrent. If a person wants to remain abstinent, medication becomes a powerful deterrent to drinking. When people are told about the nature of the reaction, severe headache, vomiting, flushing of the face and other unpleasant symptoms, they don’t need to “test it” to benefit from the deterrent.
It’s kind of like if you are a speeder in a car, and there is a policeman pointing a radar gun at you at every corner, you will learn very quickly to slow down.
Research in Europe, where Antabuse 250mg is more widely used than in the United States because alcohol-related death is the #1 killer of young men between the ages of 15-29, has shown that long-term use of Antabuse is effective in helping people stop drinking.
There are several treatment options available for alcohol-addicted individuals. Divided into four general categories, no category is exclusive and treatment usually involves more than one option. The key is to seek treatment. Of course, the prerequisite to any treatment option is for the addict to admit the presence of the disease and decide to stop drinking. No amount of intervention or treatment will be of value unless the addict admits that there is a problem and decides to do something about it.
Expert opinion about Antabuse
"Greater than 90% of patients with an Antabuse implant, quit drinking for as long as Antabuse stays in their system, more about Antabuse DE this. The beauty of the implant is that it gives you a continued measured dose of Antabuse that is released inside the body for about a year and can be repeated as many times as necessary. I believe judges, DUI lawyers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, marriage counselors, and drug and alcohol abuse counselors are going to love this simple medical procedure because the participant is going to have at the very least, a “Vacation from Alcohol” for about a year”. This “stretch of time” is for drug and alcohol abuse counselors to teach coping skills.”, said Dr. M. Bennet from Trenton Healthcare Clinic