Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A drug used in the treatment of alcoholism that interferes with the metabolic degradation of alcohol, producing an unpleasant reaction when even a small quantity of alcohol is consumed.

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  • n. A drug, 1-(diethylthiocarbamoyldisulfanyl)- N,N-diethyl-methanethioamide, used to treat chronic alcoholism

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  • n. a drug (trade name Antabuse) used in the treatment of alcoholism; causes nausea and vomiting if alcohol is ingested

Etymologies

disulfi(de) + (thiu)ram, chemical name (thi(o)- + ur(ea) + am(ide)).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It's based on as-yet-unpublished laboratory experiments about the effect of Antabuse, also known as disulfiram, on latent HIV by Robert Siliciano, a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

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  • If patient is being treated for alcohol deaddiction with a drug called disulfiram

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  • It's a strong deterrent to drinking, much like the drug disulfiram, or Antabuse.

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  • There are already several drugs approved in Europe and the U.S. to treat alcoholism, including disulfiram, which discourages drinking by causing unpleasant effects when even small amounts of alcohol are consumed.

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  • The oldest and best-known is disulfiram, or Antabuse, which makes people vomit as soon as they drink but doesn't reduce cravings.

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  • One of those that acts as a deterrent, for example, is disulfiram Antabuse, which is used in the treatment of alcohol dependence.

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  • As I explained in chapter 9, medications like naltrexone and disulfiram can be used effectively to both help your friend or loved one stop abusing a substance and to help him or her after he or she has stopped.

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  • The clinician should take measures e.g., ask a friend or relative to dispose of any weapons, arrange for outpatient follow-up, give the patient appropriate medication, provide for treatment in the event of an emergency, give disulfiram if the patient is alcoholic to decrease the probability of violence.

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  • Although millions of doses of disulfiram Antabuse have been prescribed for the treatment of alcoholism since 1938, well-controlled studies have never demonstrated that it is more effective than a placebo in producing sustained abstinenceā€¦.

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  • Brand name for disulfiram, an antioxidant used in aversion therapy to create an aversion to alcohol.

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