Antabuse Implants for Alcohol Treatments

Low Cost Alcohol Treatment Using Antabuse Implants

We rarely hear about Antabuse here in the States. Interestingly enough, in the U.S., Antabuse is the oldest medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of alcoholism. Unlike new medications for alcoholism that either block the effects of alcohol or block the craving to take a drink, Antabuse works by making alcoholics extremely sick, every time someone taking it takes a drink. Antabuse is essentially a medication that blocks the normal breakdown of alcohol in the system, making anyone who drinks while taking it extremely ill within minutes. It causes symptoms similar to a hangover, but much more severe.

Research has shown that long-term use of Antabuse is quite effective in helping people to stop drinking, because it helps them develop a habit of not drinking and stops them from drinking long enough to find out that they can live without alcohol. The disadvantage of Antabuse is the drug is only available in daily pill form in the United States. Patients can simply stop taking the pill at any time and take up drinking again. That would not be as easy to do with an under-the-skin implant, which is also often called The Code.

In the European clinics, the Antabuse implants are placed under the patient's skin above their stomach and release a constant dose of the drug over a 12-month period. Antabuse implants are growing in popularity, especially in Europe. Interestingly, around eighty percent of patients in Europe are women in their late 30’s and 40’s.

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