What is Disulfiram?

Disulfiram is a prescription medication that is used in conjunction with therapy to help alcoholics overcome their addiction. It is sold under the names Antabuse and Antabus. When people who are taking Disulfiram drink alcohol, their body has an intense negative reaction that mirrors the effects of a hangover. Judges may order repeat DWI offenders to begin taking Disulfiram regimens.

Judges who force DWI offenders to take Disulfiram are using this medication to punish people rather than heal them. If you are being accused of driving while intoxicated, the Dallas DWI lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help you to present a vigorous defense. Contact us at 214-845-7007 to discuss your case with a committed and experienced advocate.

Disulfiram’s Effects

People who drink alcohol while on Disulfiram suffer a violent reaction. Disulfiram prevents alcohol from metabolizing into acetic acid (a major component of vinegar). This leaves the bloodstream overflowing with partially metabolized alcohol, which causes the negative reaction. Mixing Disulfiram use with alcohol intake causes a person to experience:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Mental Confusion

If ordered by a judge to take Disulfiram, you will have to take it daily, likely in the presence of a parole officer. This punishment has been met with controversy.

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If you are being accused of driving while intoxicated, the Dallas DWI lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are prepared to be of assistance. Contact us by calling 214-845-7007 for a free case evaluation.