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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 ?

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

Dr. David Sneid
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