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Can You Drink Alcohol While On Metformin?

Home Q & A Questions Can you drink alcohol while... Can you drink alcohol while on metformin? If you're diabetic then you have to be careful of the drinks you have, because of sugar. The interaction checker says Ask your doctor before using ethanol together with metFORMIN. Taking this combination may cause a condition called lactic acidosis. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these symptoms of lactic acidosis: weakness, increasing sleepiness, slow heart rate, cold feeling, muscle pain, shortness of breath, stomach pain. Use alcohol cautiously. If your doctor prescribes these medications together, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safey take this combination. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor. Having one drink for women (12 oz beer, 5 oz glass of wine and 0.5-1 oz hard liquor means one drink) or two drinks (same measurements except for hard alcohol can be only 1 1/2 oz liquor between two drinks) for men is usually permissible but you must consider the drink as a sugar/carb in your diet. Alcohol becomes pure glucose i Continue reading >>

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  1. thymes

    Metformin and alcohol

    Hello! Does anyone know what the effects are of taking metformin and drinking?
    The leaflet just says to avoid alcohol....so if you were to drink, what could you expect?
    I would really appreciate knowing where I stand

  2. BARB317

    I was told that alcohol actually retards the productivity of Metformin. It says right on my med bottle, do not drink alcohol while taking this medication.
    With any alcohol it will at first drop you down, but then you'll probably spike really high. If possible, I would avoid the drinking. Why take the chance. Just my opinion

  3. m14moe

    I think as long as you have snacks and don't drink on an empty stomach you should be OK. Some alcohol lowers your bgs and combined with Metformin the worry would be going too low.
    Make sure you have a meal beforehand and try not to overdo the alcohol. I asked my nurse before i went on holiday last year and that was her advice. Moe

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