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What Happens If You Drink Alcohol And Take Metformin
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
Again, I have type 2 diabeties and take 500 mg of metformin 2 times a day, i don't drink alcohol yet i keep testing positive for it in my ststem?
Re-evaluate: Foods are fermenting into alcohol. With dm type ii eat 6 equal meals with no dairy, wheat, or sugar, 6 servings of colorful vegetables ( a few low carb grains no rice or corn), one apple, nuts and berry fruit in salad with 3 t olive oil divided in 6 equal meals, manage stress, take sufficient vit d ( 10, 000 units of d3 a day fights depression) and move 60 minutes a day. Try pretend jump roping. ...Read more
Yes: it is not bad because of any particular interaction with metformin, it is bad because ALCOHOL IS BAD FOR DIABETICS. You are on metformin presumably because of diabetes, and alcohol can further damage the pancreas, reducing insulin production, as well as major potential effects to both increase and decrease blood glucose, depending on amount you drink and whether complications are present. ...Read more
I drink alcohol about 2x a month probably more than a moderate amount each time. Is it safe to start metformin?I worry about lactic acidosis/fainting
Prudence advised: B"sd lactic acidosis is very rare and have never seen it in this setting - the formal recommendation to avoid the combination. More likely you might experience hypoglycemia. this would be more common in adolescents. Drinking with food would help guard against the hypoglycemia. ...Read more
I stopped taking Metformin 2 weeks ago (I'm not a diabetic, but have PCOS) because it made me sick. Would it be safe to drink alcohol today?
Metformin: I think it would be safe because this should be out of your system. Drink responsibly! ...Read more
I have type 2 diabeties, i take metformin 500mgs, i test positive for alcohol speraticly, i don't drink at all, someone please help explain.
Ketones: If your diabetes is not well controlled you may be getting to a ketoacidosis state. Ketones can smell like and confuse older ways of testing for alcohol. New blood and urine tests for ethanol would or should not mistake this. I would approach who ever is providing you testing with a question about ketoacidosis. Or use this experience to get into much better diabetes control. ...Read more
How much alcohol??: Alcohol inhibits gluconeogenesis, which is how we make glucose from scratch when we run out of stored glucose and glycogen, and can result in hypoglycemia. It is also a calorie source with almost as many calories as fat (8/gram for alcohol, 9/gram for fat), so it can (when taken in excess) increase blood sugar. However, metformin rarely is associated with low sugar. 1 or 2 are ok, not more. ...Read more
Just starting metformin 500mg 2x unday. I am an occasional user of alcohol. About 1 to 2x a month. No other meds. Safe to drink a six pack?
In moderation, no.: You may run into trouble with severe low blood sugar levels if you take other diabetic medications which cause hypoglycemia (metformin alone is not one of them), since alcohol impairs the liver's ability to release glucose if you are hypoglycemic. Since you need a healthy liver to metabolize metformin properly, i would advise moderation in your alcohol intake. ...Read more
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