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27 Mar 2003

medication that makes you sick when consuming alcohol
What type of medicine is there that will make you sick when you drink alcohol, I think it was something like "adco-Metrondina" (or hetrondina or Netrondina){not sure about the spelling}. How good are these types and what are the other side effects and why do some people get it in subscriptions when they don't have a drinking problem?
Is there any data proving that this works?

Thank you
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01 Jan 0001

Dear John,
I'm not sure which specific drug you're mentioning by name. the "Adco" refers to a generic drug made by a specific company ( part of a brand-name ). But the drug you seem to be thinking about is generally known as Antabuse ( chemical name Disulfiram), and has been used for years ( perhaps the one whose name you're trying to recall is a generic version of it ). What it does is to block or alter the metabolism and breaking up of alcohol in the body, leading to an accumulation of a chemical byproduct which makes one feel awful. It doesn't in itself stop you drinking ( nothing does that, except your own willpower ) ; but it can be very useful min helping you to keep to a decision not to drink. SO long as one continues to take the daily dosage, one knows that for the rest of that day, drinking alcohol will make one feel terrible, and this can help one to stay dry.
( As you know, it's very very easy to stop drinking -- staying stopped is what's hard ).
I have no idea why anyone would receive this drug for any other reason than as part of treatment for alcoholism, as it has no other proper uses, and has enough side-effects and risks to make it foolish to use it for any other reason. Maybe some folks who are indeed taking it for alcoholism, prefer to pretend that there's some other mysterious reason why they're on it ?
There is also a different drug now available, called Sobrial, which has been found to be sucessful in helping a proportion of alcoholics to say sober. What it does, to oversimplify it, is in a different chemical way, to interfere with the was in which alcohol tends to make people feel good, and to remove the benefits of getting drunk.
There's loads of data showing that each drug can help a good proportion of alcoholics to stay dry. But both work by helpng you to help yourself, once you have made the decision to stay dry. No drug can stop you from opening the bottle or raising the glass to your lips. Only you can do that.
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