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Is It Safe To Mix Metformin And Alcohol?

If you’re taking metformin to treat your diabetes, you may be wondering how this drug affects your ability to drink safely. Drinking alcohol can affect your diabetes symptoms directly, but there are additional risks if you drink alcohol with metformin. This article gives you information on how alcohol interacts with metformin and also how drinking alcohol can affect your diabetes. With any medicine you take, you should be aware of interactions that can happen if you use other substances. Metformin and alcohol can interact to increase your risk of harmful effects. You are at much greater risk of these effects if you frequently drink a lot of alcohol or you binge drink (drink a lot in short periods). These effects include an extremely low blood sugar level, called hypoglycemia, and a condition called lactic acidosis. Hypoglycemia Drinking alcohol while you’re taking metformin may cause extremely low blood sugar levels. Some symptoms of low blood sugar levels can be similar to symptoms of having too much alcohol. These include: drowsiness dizziness confusion Tell the people who are with you while you drink that you have diabetes. They can help you watch for these symptoms. If you Continue reading >>

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  1. owlright

    Getting rid of ketones?

    Anyone have advice for helping to get rid of ketones in the urine. I'm definitely not dehydrated - I drink a ton of water each day, completely avoid caffeine, and haven't been throwing up much or at all lately. My blood sugar is not high, completely within GD guidelines. So I'm thinking that the ketones must be from not getting enough carbs.
    I am eating as much as I can. I haven't had much of an appetite since becoming pregnant, but beyond that, I have delayed gastric empyting and severe reflux - so I really can't get more into my stomach. If I try for more volume of food, it will come back up.
    Suggestions for foods that have a bit more carbs without a ton of volume, and something that is less likely to spike my BS (I know this is individual).

    Relevant is that my GD is probably a result of long-time steroid use - going off the pred is not a possibility. I'm supposed to be trying to take in 175 g of carbs a day for the pregnancy. Right now I am making it to 100 on a good day (todays total is 89), and that is even with a late night (1 am) snack. My blood sugars are what I would consider to be good - has been between 78 and 85, and 2 hours pp has been between 93 and 117,

  2. mollythed

    I'm not used to thinking in terms of GD, but it seems to me that the ketones with lower blood glucose mean you are burning body fat instead of food for energy. Why not add more protein or fat instead of carbs? Does gastroparesis make that difficult?

  3. owlright

    Mollythed:

    I'm not used to thinking in terms of GD, but it seems to me that the ketones with lower blood glucose mean you are burning body fat instead of food for energy. Why not add more protein or fat instead of carbs? Does gastroparesis make that difficult?
    True - the ketones are likely a product of burning fat instead of food. Which would not be a horrible thing, generally, but most docs want you to avoid ketones, regardless of the cause, during pregnancy. There are some studies that say that they can have negative effects on the baby.

    If increasing other fat and protein will make them go away, I can probably swing that - at this point everything suggested to me has been that I need to eat more carbs. It is ok for me to lose a little bit of weight, because I'm overweight, but right now I'm losing at a rate that they are worried about.

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