Disulfiram 500mg Tablet Overview | Erisam-500

Erisam-500 is a medicine that helps treat chronic alcoholism. It contains Disulfiram, which makes the body very sensitive to alcohol. It works by stopping the body from processing alcohol. This makes you feel sick when you drink alcohol.

How to use Disulfiram Tablet 

  • Read the directions on your prescription label carefully.
  • Disulfiram is a medicine that comes in tablet form and you can take it orally.
  • You should take it one time every day.
  • ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain anything you don’t understand.
  • If you can’t swallow the tablets, crush them and mix the medicine with water, coffee, tea, milk, soda, or fruit juice.

Dosage of Disulfiram Tablet 

Adults and Teenagers- Take 500 milligrams (mg) or less once a day for one or two weeks. Afterwards, your doctor might reduce the amount you take to 125 to 500 mg (usually 250 mg) once every day.

Children should only use this medicine and take the amount prescribed by their doctor.

Side Effects of Disulfiram Tablet 

  • Impotence
  • Metallic  taste in the mouth
  • skin rash
  • Acne
  • weakness
  • lack of energy
  • loss of appetite
  • mild headache
  • Drowsiness
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • yellowness of the skin or eyes
  • dark urine
  • tiredness
  • excessive tiredness

Precautions and warnings 

  • If you have an allergy to disulfiram or any other medication, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
  • Inform your physician and pharmacist about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you take, particularly amitriptyline (Elavil), vitamins, and anticoagulants (also known as “blood thinners”) like warfarin (Coumadin), isoniazid, metronidazole (Flagyl), phenytoin (Dilantin), and any over-the-counter medications that may contain alcohol.
  • Inform your physician if you now have or have ever had diabetes, liver or renal problems, epilepsy, thyroid issues, or brain damage.
  • Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Contact your physician if you become pregnant while taking disulfiram.
  • Inform the physician or dentist that you are taking disulfiram if you are scheduled for surgery, including dental surgery.
  • You should be aware that this medication may cause sleepiness.

 Frequently asked questions ( FAQs) 

Ques: What should you avoid when taking disulfiram?

Ans: When using disulfiram, stay away from alcohol. The use of items that include alcohol, such as aftershave, rubbing alcohol, mouthwash, hand sanitizers, and some hair sprays, should also be avoided.

Ques: What is the duration of the effect of disulfiram?

Ans: The reaction from disulfiram and alcohol can last from 30 to 60 minutes for mild cases and several hours for more severe cases, or until the alcohol is out of the body.

Ques: What are the benefits of disulfiram?

Ans: This medicine helps to treat alcohol addiction. Disulfiram stops the processing of alcohol in the body.

Ques: Is disulfiram safe for liver?

Ans: Yes, disulfiram is generally safe for the liver, but there is a rare risk of liver injury associated with its use. 

Ques What is the best time to take disulfiram in a day? 

Ans: Mostly the doctor advised to take disulfiram tablets in the morning after a meal.

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