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What will happen if you take metformin or trilipix and drink alcohol?

What will happen if you take metformin or trilipix and drink alcohol?

Alcohol: Alcohol is not necessarily a poison but as always - too much of a good thing is no good for you! Just be very careful! ...Read more

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


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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?

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

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Should I skip my dose of metformin if I want to drink alcohol and is alcohol okay? I take met for pcos

Should I skip my dose of metformin if I want to drink alcohol and is alcohol okay? I take met for pcos

Skip alcohol dose: How about you skip the use of alcohol and continue the use of the metformin. Most medications cannot be used concomitantly with alcohol without adverse consequences. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol 10 hours after taking 500mg metformin?

Can I drink alcohol 10 hours after taking 500mg metformin?

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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Can I take my metformin if I'm drinking alcohol for my birthday party?

Can I take my metformin if I'm drinking alcohol for my birthday party?

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

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Can I pass out while drinking alcohol and taking metformin?

Can I pass out while drinking alcohol and taking metformin?

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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Will drinking alcohol while taking metformin medifcation lower my blood sugar?

Small amount/large: Drinking small amount of alcohol may be alright, but if you drink too much it can lead to a serious condition called lactic acidosis, which can be life threatning, discuss with your doctor how much you can drink
it will not lower your blood sugar, and may raise it as alcohol is carbs. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol and take seroquel (quetiapine)?

Can I drink alcohol and take seroquel (quetiapine)?

Not recommended: Psychoactive medications, especially ones that tend to be sedating, such as Seroquel, (quetiapine) can cause significant central nervous system dysregulation when alcohol is consumed. Not only would you experience potential side effects such as dizziness, excess sedation and drops in blood pressure, but also impaired cognitive functioning. This includes poor judgement and disinhibition. Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take Benalyn cough syrup and drink alcohol? What can happen?

Is it bad to take Benalyn cough syrup and drink alcohol? What can happen?

Unwise: Benalyn which contains dextromethorphan, mixed with alcohol can cause increased nervous system side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness and difficulty concentrating. See also: http://pubs. Niaaa. Nih. Gov/publications/Medicine/medicine. Htm Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering my GGT LEVEL is 64U/L which is very high but I don't drink alcohol or take drugs what causes the elevation? Hep test negative

Hi I was wondering my GGT LEVEL is 64U/L which is very high but I don't drink alcohol or take drugs what causes the elevation? Hep test negative

May just be you: That's high for the lab, I trust? About one person in 1000 always runs a way-high GGT. It's genetic. These folks get accused of being drunks. You're not. Sorry there was a misunderstanding. If everything else is okay, forget it. ...Read more

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Can you take buckleys and drink alcohol?

Can you take buckleys and drink alcohol?

Buckley's coughsyrup: Most products made by Buckley's contain dextromethorphan, a potent cough suppressant. It is not a good idea to drink alcohol with this medication. If your cough persists for more than one week, despite using Buckley's, or if you have high fevers, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take clindamycin and drink alcohol?

Can I take clindamycin and drink alcohol?

Mixing: Yes, but it will lower the effect of the antibiotics. ...Read more

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If I take erythrocin the morning can I drink alcohol at night?

If I take erythrocin the morning can I drink alcohol at night?

Not a good idea: Alcohol may reduce the effectiveness of your antibiotic. Best medical advice is to avoid alcohol while taking your antibiotic. ...Read more

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How much time after you take dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) can you drink alcohol?

Talk to ur MD: Dexedrine, (dextroamphetamine) a stimulant medication, is typically used to treat ADHD. It can be used to treat other disorders (narcolepsy, adjunct to antidepressant, etc). Like all stimulants, it can be habit forming. Bc its 1ary use is to promote concentration, drinking alcohol while wanting to see the benefits of the med will be counterproductive. Bc both are habit forming, talk w/ md re: EtOH use & safety. ...Read more

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When I drink alcohol it takes my stress away & calms me down. Is thst a bad thing?

In addition to: What dr. Fowler said, alcohol is an addictive substance. The younger you start drinking and the smaller your stature, the more likely you are to become addicted. Then you will need more and more alcohol to get less and less of the "calm" which you are describing. Don't risk it, speak to a therapist about what is stressing you out and learn natural ways to relieve stress. ...Read more

Dr. David Sneid
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