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What Happens When You Drink Alcohol And 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
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
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
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
Should I skip my dose of metformin if I want to drink alcohol and is alcohol okay? I take met for pcos
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
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
Do it in : Moderation, in small amounts, and only with meals. ...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
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?
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
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
Interaction effects: Use of alcohol while on citalopram is strongly discouraged. Several important effects to know about: short-term there is a risk of increased drowsiness and sedation, dizziness, difficulties with concentration, and impaired decision making. Second alcohol reduces effectiveness of citalopram, increasing risk of heightened depression or anxiety symptoms, and may interfere with treatment outcomes. ...Read more
Don't worry: Alcohol consumption has been linked to oral cancer. Heavy drinking and smoking together will greatly increase the chances of oral cancer. Don't worry too much about using mouthwash. Even though there is alcohol in it you typically don't use enough to cause a problem. You can use an alcohol free mouthwash if you are concerned. ...Read more
A little bit.: A small amount of alcohol should be okay, if you have normal liver function and are not taking any other medications or using any other recr. substances. Too much alcohol or liver disease or mixing meds may cause all sorts of problems, not just with Primolut-N (norethisterone). See a great page for detailed info on this medicine. https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/1838 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Mono often causes liver inflammation and that is where the toxins in alcohol must be broken down. If you drink while the liver is already compromised, you increase the chance of liver injury.Light drinking might not stir up a big problem, but keeping that in mind could help you avoid some harsh consequences. ...Read more
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