Disulfiram makes a person sick when they drink alcohol. Alcoholic drinks, foods, products, and medicines may not be taken. If alcohol is used, it will cause symptoms that may last several hours, such as:
Nausea and vomiting
Lightheadedness, which may lead to fainting
Sweating and flushing
Rapid heart beat
Topiramate reduces the craving for alcohol by stabilizing the chemical balance in the brain.
Benzodiazepines are anti-anxiety medicines. They are used to ease withdrawal symptoms lower the risk of
seizures. They have a sedative effect. Benzodiazepines are usually not used for long periods of time because they can lead to dependence. They may also cause withdrawal symptoms when stopped.
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