Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have issue some advice to patients using Disulfiram ('Antabuse'), following news of shortages from the UK's sole provider of the drug.

The full wording of the notice follows:

The UK manufacturers of Antabuse (disulfiram) tablets are currently experiencing some production difficulties. This means that UK community pharmacies may not be able to supply you with Antabuse (disulfiram) over the next six to ten weeks.

Try not to worry. Cardiff and Vale UHB has been able to obtain disulfiram from other EU countries and can provide for you.

What to do:

If you find your local pharmacy cannot get you disulfiram please phone the CAU (02920461742) and arrange a time to come to the CAU. At the CAU we will provide an alternative prescription for disulfiram. Please ensure you bring with you your usual green community prescription (showing the words disulfiram or Antabuse on it).

You will be provided with a replacement hospital prescription for disulfiram. Take the new prescription to Hafan Y Coed Hospital pharmacy (on the LLANDOUGH HOSPTIAL site) where you will be given an equivalent supply of disulfiram tablets. If you have a few days left of disulfiram, and can wait, we will arrange to have your disulfiram delivered to the CAU, for later pick up.

N.B. the tablet strength supplied maybe different to your usual prescription - pay close attention to the instructions on the bottle, and the info given to you by the hospital pharmacy.

Community Addictions UNIT (CAU)

House 56,

Cardiff Royal Infirmary,


CF24 0SZ

Opening times:

9am – 5pm Mon to Friday

Tel: 02920461742

Hafan Y Coed Unit – pharmacy

University Hospital, Llandough, 


Vale of Glamorgan

CF64  2XW

Opening times:

9.30m – 1 pm & 1.45 to 5 pm Mon to Friday

Tel: 029 2182 4804