Anti-Alcohol Antabuse Implant Used in Eastern Europe

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Antabuse (disulfiram) is a common anti-alcohol drug that is used in the United States and the United Kingdom in a daily pill form. It is effective, however, if you are seeking a version of the drug that is implanted and that works non-stop for 12 months, then you have to go to Eastern Europe, as the FDA has not approved this version in the U.S. Only one alcoholic drink is enough to make you violently ill.

How Does Antabuse Work? 

In the U.S., Antabuse is the oldest medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of alcoholism. Unlike newer medications for alcoholism that either stop the pleasurable effects of alcohol or dampen your craving to take a drink, Antabuse works by producing an extremely negative reaction every time you take a drink.

Antabuse is a medication that blocks the normal breakdown of alcohol in your system, making you extremely ill within minutes. It causes symptoms similar to a hangover, but much more severe. 

In general, you might experience a drop in blood pressure and a rapid heartbeat. Other symptoms include dizziness, severe sweating, intense headaches, heart palpitations, hyperventilation, and shortness of breath. Nausea and vomiting are common effects as well.

Antabuse as an Implant

In Eastern European clinics, the Antabuse implants are placed under the person's skin above the stomach. The implant releases a constant dose of the drug over a 12-month period.

"I would say 95 percent of the inquiries we've had are from women who tell us they are at home drinking sometimes as many as three bottles of wine a night. Many of them have been telling us that nobody knows about the level of their drinking and they are desperate as they know they are destroying their lives and the lives of those they love," said Russell Hughes, owner of Aluston Health in Riga, Latvia.

Research Studies on Antabuse

Research has shown that long-term use of Antabuse is effective because it can help you stop drinking by helping you break the habit of drinking. Antabuse can help you stop drinking long enough to find out that you can live without alcohol.

The drawback, at least in the U.S., is that the drug is only available in daily pill form and you can simply stop taking the pill at any time and take up drinking again. That is not as easy to do with an under-the-skin implant.

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