Posted by: danelle | 2008/07/23


What is the reality of taking alcohol when having an antibuse inplant. What exactly will happen? I have had mine in for 2 months now.

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Dear Danelle
Taking alcohol with Antabuse causes an "aldehyde reaction". It usually starts with a flushing from the head downwards involving the face, arms and chest. Then the patient gets a feeling of heat, sweating, palpitations, fast heart beat, shortness of breath, hyperventilation and headache. Constriction and irritation in the throat develops causing spasms and coughing. Chest pains, restlessness or anxiety may develop.
Blood pressure can rise steeply and then suddenly fall - you may become pale, weak, dizzy and nauseous and can develop violent vomiting and stomach cramps. Other symptoms may include thirst, dizziness, blurred vision, numbness of the hands and feet and the inability to sleep. Severe reactions may affect the heart, and there may be fits, loss of consciousness and even death. The reaction usually lasts 2-4 hours. Confusion, drowsiness and sleep usually follow.
all in all - not worth trying it....
Dr Bets

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