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Tweet It is generally recommended that people not use metformin and alcohol at the same time. Taking metformin and alcohol together can increase your risk of developing a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis. However, drinking small amounts of alcohol should not be a problem for most people taking the medication. Before taking metformin, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about drinking alcohol while taking the drug. An Overview of Metformin and Alcohol Metformin (Glucophage®) is a prescription medication licensed as a type 2 diabetes treatment. Often, people are warned to avoid alcohol entirely while taking metformin. This may (or may not) be good advice, depending on your particular situation. Metformin, Alcohol, and Lactic Acidosis Taking metformin increases your chance of developing a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis (see Metformin and Lactic Acidosis). Drinking large amounts of alcohol also increases your risk for lactic acidosis, and combining metformin and large amounts of alcohol can be dangerous (due to the risk of lactic acidosis). As a result, drinking large amounts of alcohol (either on a daily basis or as "binge drinking") is not 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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