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Is it possible to drink alcohol if I have diabetes?

Is it possible to drink alcohol if I have diabetes?

How much, how often: An occasional drink is generally not harmful to most diabetics, but it depends on how "brittle" their diabetes is. In people who are not well controlled, alcohol will worsen that control. Safe drinking limits in men (2 standard drinks/day) and women and older men (1 drink/day) are not recommended in people with diabetes. You should talk to your doctor, who knows your situation, to get advice. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Is mild alcohol consumption ok for a person with type 1 diabetes mellitus?

Is mild alcohol consumption ok for a person with type 1 diabetes mellitus?

The plain facts: In order to keep as healthy as possible and maintain a normal weight and blood glucose level, a person must follow a strict diet designed by an expert in diabetes. If alcohol is drunk, it either replaces a more nourishing food or adds unwanted calories+weight. It is up to the individual with diabetes to decide, but if brittle, young or pregnant be especially careful. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink alcohol while on xenical tablets?

Yes: There is no specific contraindication of alcohol use together with xenical. However, since the purpose of xenical is weight loss, you need to know that alcohol has almost as many calories per gram as fat, so a standard drink has over 100 calories just form the alcohol; beer and wine have additional calories from other carbs in them. The main thing is to cut back on fat, which will cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink alcohol and focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR ?

Is it possible to drink alcohol and focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR ?

Not safe: www.drugs.com concomitant use of amphetamines and ethanol should be avoided if possible, especially in patients with a history of heart disease. The alcohol potentiates the effects of the amphetamines in the cardiovascular system leading to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink alcohol 6 hours after i took an antibiotic pill?

Usually: In moderation. Do not drink alcohol if you are taking flagyll ( Metronidazole ) as that can induce an antibuse like reaction. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink alcohol while on minaxen pills( contain minocycline antibiotic for acne) ?

Is it possible to drink alcohol while on minaxen pills( contain minocycline antibiotic for acne) ?

Not a good idea: Would recommend no consumption of alcohol, while using minocycline, as the side effects will be greatly increased and the effectiveness of the drug lessened. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol if i'm on bisoprolol 10mg?

Can i drink alcohol if i'm on bisoprolol 10mg?

Bisoprolol: I would be cautious since bisoprolol is a beta-blocker which can cause lowering of blood pressure & fainting. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol if i took a vallium?

Probably not: Depends upon how far apart the ingestions are, but the combination of alcohol and benzodiazepines (such as valium) can be fatal, and valium is one of the longer-acting benzos. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more