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Suggest ways to quit drinking alcohol

rajan, chennai i am taking course of esperal for past 40 days . i am not addiction of drinking. but i want to quit alcohol. how long i have to take esperal 250 mg. if i stopped i fear that i will be going to start. how long i want to take this course.
Thu, 20 Aug 2015
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi Rajan,
Thanks for posting in HCM.
The very fact that you have decided to quit alcohol is a good sign. Now, you need to prove that by quitting on this strength.
Esperal is nothing but Disulfiram, which is the right drug used to de-addict from alcohol.
Dosage schedule should be initially, a maximum of 500 mg a day, in the morning or in the evening for 1-2 weeks. Then, gradually decreases to a maintenance dose - 250 mg per day. The duration of treatment would be better determined by your doctor.

After you’ve set your goals to either stop or cut back your drinking, write down some ideas on how you can help yourself accomplish these goals. For example:
1. Get rid of temptations.
2. Announce your goal.
3. Be upfront about your new limits.
4. Avoid bad influences.
5. Learn from the past.

It would be good for your health if you quit alcohol. All the best.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Het Ram Bishnoi 's  Response
Mr . Rajan I want to tell you that you are taking esperal i.e. disulfiam 250 mg and this react with alcohol .
You are a hard drinker , this thing you mentioned .
I want to tell you that take BACLOFEN 20 mg twice in day for 10 days . Once for another 10 days .
On alternate day for one month and you will be alright , no need of any tension or esperal and you will get rid off this alcohol habit.
Hope this will help you as I have treated so many cases.
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