I drank after not having taken it for about 30 hrs. 3 hrs after I finished drinking, I woke up shivering, shaking uncontrollably, freezing, beat red, headache, rapid heart beat, vomited once. Shaking continued for about 45 min when I went to sleep still shaking. Woke up fine next day fine. What I've read says u get sick w/in 10 min. of drinking. Does this sound like a reaction to the alcohol?
I took antabuse for about 7 days?
Added 29 Apr 2010:
I'm more concerned about the shivering shaking. Have not seen that as a side effect?
Added 29 Apr 2010:
so I am not sure if it was an antabuse/acohol reaction or something else going on. I have not had problems since. Thx
General indications & dosage for Atnabuse:
Antabuse (Disulfiram) is an aid in the management of selected chronic alcohol patients who want to remain in a state of enforced sobriety so that supportive and psychotherapeutic treatment may be applied to best advantage.
Antabuse (Disulfiram) is not a cure for alcoholism. When used alone, without proper motivation and supportive therapy, it is unlikely that it will have any substantive effect on the drinking pattern of the chronic alcoholic.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Disulfiram should never be administered until the patient has abstained from alcohol for at least 12 hours.
Reactions to the tabs are:
The Disulfiram-Alcohol Reaction
Disulfiram plus alcohol, even small amounts, produce flushing, throbbing in head and neck, throbbing headache, respiratory difficulty, nausea, copious vomiting, sweating, thirst, chest pain, palpitation, dyspnea, hyperventilation, tachycardia, hypotension, syncope, marked uneasiness, weakness, vertigo, blurred vision, and confusion. In severe reactions there may be respiratory depression, cardiovascular collapse, arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, acute congestive heart failure, unconsciousness, convulsions, and death. The intensity of the reaction varies with each individual, but is generally proportional to the amounts of disulfiram and alcohol ingested. Mild reactions may occur in the sensitive individual when the blood alcohol concentration is increased to as little as 5 to 10 mg per 100 mL. Symptoms are fully developed at 50 mg per 100 mL, and unconsciousness usually results when the blood alcohol level reaches 125 to 150 mg.
The duration of the reaction varies from 30 to 60 minutes, to several hours in the more severe cases, or as long as there is alcohol in the blood.
Kindly consult your doctor/pharmacist, who should be able to give you better & accurate advice, hope this helps.
Hello fragen59. You certainly had a reaction to the Antabuse. 30 hours is not a long time to stopping the drug by anymeans. As to having a reaction within ten minutes of drinking, it is actually faster than that. Within a minutes time is more the norm. Assuming you took the Antabuse as directed likely that being of once or twice per day. Regards, pledge
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