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What Happens When You Take Metformin And Alcohol
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
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
Iam on janumet (sitagliptin and metformin) od in morning .I often take alcohol like 3or 4 drinks . Please let me know the exact gap between metformin and alcohol intake?
A 2 hour gap should: Be ok . Remember that alcohol can raise your sugar level so balance the pros and cons of dietary restriction and freedom . Attain an a1c near 6 or 7 , as well as ideal body weight, good blood pressure and lipid control. Stay active and exercise on a regular basis . Have an ekg annually or whenever u have chest pain . Have fun! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should I skip my dose of metformin if I want to drink alcohol and is alcohol okay? I take met for pcos
Most of the time: Consuming large amounts of alcohol while taking metformin can result in a serious condition called lactic acidosis. Small amounts are usually ok, however problems with liver or kidney can make this more sensitive. Since most of the alcohol evaporates while cooking it will usually be safe, however if you have other conditions too do check with your doctor. ...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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