One of the methods used to release people from alcohol addiction is to make alcohol consumption unpleasant. This is exactly how Antabuse works. Its active substance changes the way alcohol is processed in the body and converts it into acetaldehyde. Accumulation of acetaldehyde in the blood produces the so-called disulfiram reaction, which strength depends on the amount of alcohol taken. Negative effects include headache, nausea and vomiting, palpitation, sweating, breath shortness, and others. The reaction usually occurs within ten minutes after alcohol intake and lasts for several hours. It is usually enough to abstain people from taking another drink. For some people it is namely awareness of the subsequent consequences that serves as a deterrent factor.
There are a number of medical conditions, which do not allow to take Antabuse due to possible severe consequences, including death. Those who are going to take it should be fully aware of drinking effect during treatment. Antabuse influences reactions and thinking ability, therefore, one should abstain from driving and alike activities.