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What should I know about disulfiram before taking it?

Before taking disulfiram, you should know that even consuming minor amounts of alcohol will cause the unpleasant effects. Stay away from foods, beverages, and other substances that contain alcohol, such as tonics, mouthwashes vinegar, cold and cough medications, and some food products, such as sauces. Drinking alcohol when taking disulfiram may cause low blood pressure, fast heartbeat, flushing, nausea, vertigo, and chest pain. You should not take this medication until at least 12 hours after you have had alcohol. You may still have reactions from drinking alcohol even for several weeks after you have stopped using disulfiram. You should never give this medication to someone without their knowledge. It should also not be given to someone who is intoxicated. Disulfiram may make you drowsy, so you should not drive or perform other tasks that require you to be alert until you know how this medication affects you. You should not breathe or come in contact with alcohol, including paint, stains, paint thinners, lacquers or solvents.

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