Antabuse (disulfiram) can be prescribed for patients diagnosed with chronic alcoholism and unable to deal with this condition without external help. If you are taking Antabuse you are probably trying to fight your drinking problem and should therefore avoid ingesting any alcohol. Antabuse makes alcohol consumption very unpleasant causing such effects as thirst, nausea, vertigo, flushing, chest pain, low blood pressure and fast heartbeats. As for the effects of Antabuse on unborn babies - there is no consistent data on that, so pregnant women are supposed to talk to their doctor and discuss any risks related to their treatment. If you have ingested some alcohol wait for at least 12 hours before taking Antabuse. Antabuse can cause the following mild side effects in some patients: headache, metallic taste in the mouth, impotence, acne, skin rash, drowsiness, tiredness, sore or swollen tongue. You can continue taking this medicine and talk to your doctor if these side effects persist or change in intensity. In most cases however Antabuse is well tolerated and any side effects are likely to go away on their own.
There are a number of medicines that can potentially interact with Antabuse; you should tell your doctor about any herbal preparations, vitamins or supplements you are taking to make sure they do not cause an adverse reaction in you when combined with Antabuse. If something is not clear about this medicine or any of its side effects you can talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn more. If you are not sure about whether the product you are going to consume contains alcohol do not use it until you are sure, as you are likely to experience very unpleasant effects of Antabuse in case it does.