... like to have a drink today but can wait. Is today too early? I'm 115 lbs, 5'5 and 25 years old. I've been on it before and drank after 3 days, but was only on it for a week prior. At that point my face just got very red.
Hi Hilary, I'm an alcoholic also but sober for more than three years now. I have heard anecdotal evidence of severe reactions up to and beyond 2 weeks following discontinuation after extended use.
You could try to play crash test dummy on yourself but I wouldn't take the chance personally.
Good luck, alcoholism, treated young, stands a good chance of not being part of ruining your life. It has been outrageously successful in contributing to me wasting most of my adult life to it, in part.
The reaction you had once, face getting very red, will not necessarily be the reaction you have again, and I don't mean that it would be less severe. After taking Antabuse for 5 months I would definitely wait the recommended 14 days before having a drink, if you want to. Antabuse causes very bad and sometimes severe reactions. I'd do whatever you can to wait another 9 days to be safe. Check the half-life data on Antabuse and you'll see that there is still a good amount of the drug in your system even after being off of it for 5 days. Be safe. No judgements, just information. Good luck.
- Antabuse Information for Consumers
- Antabuse Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Antabuse (detailed)
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