noun[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic compound used in the treatment of alcoholics to make drinking alcohol produce unpleasant after-effects. Also called Antabuse ( trademark).
- Alternative name: tetraethylthiuram disulphide; chemical formula: (C2H5)2NCSSCN(C2H5)2
- The rationale for disulfiram in treating alcoholism is that most alcoholics taking disulfiram will not drink for fear of getting sick.
- Occasionally the modestly toxic disulfiram (Antabuse ®) is useful.
- Consuming alcohol after taking disulfiram results in symptoms such as palpitations, flushing, nausea, vomiting, and headache.
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