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Alcohol and Metformin

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Rdan, May 5, 2019.

  1. Rdan

    Rdan · Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Hope you are having an amazing day!! I was hoping to get your advice. Is it ok to drink while taking Metformin? I have T2 and don’t drink often anymore. I just got diagnosed 1 month ago and am taking Metformin. I usually drink whiskey neat. I am going to a festival tomorrow and wanted to have a drink or two. Just wasn’t sure if it’s ok.

    Advice anyone?
     
  2. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I suggest you look up Metformin side-effects in sites such as drugs. com, rxlist.com etc.
    These will outline any intercations between metformin ( and whatever brands of it) and alcohol.
    Any any interactions between a prescribed drug and other drugs and substances should of course have been discussed with you at the times you were prescribed it.
     
  3. enb54

    enb54 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think each person reacts differently, I have had no problems taking 2 500 mg metformin tablets daily and having 3 or 4 drinks of rum, but I wouldn't like to push much past that. Check online for more advice and read over the information given when you got your prescription as "kitedoc" suggests...
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Muddikins Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have tried this for you:).
    Whiskey (or if you must, whisky) is just fine with metformin in (not always;)) moderate quantities. I believe the relative risk of lactic acidosis is negligible with low level use but everyone must make their own choice, of course, based upon their understanding.
    Have fun:).
     
  7. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    Muddikins, I appreciate your comment was made in an up-beat, lighthearted way, but I think it fair to say your "experiments" have been fine for you, but may not be fine for another person. Like so many other things, how an individual handles alcohol - with or without metformin in play - can differ significantly. I'd hate to be the person in the "negligible" bracket, but even if the chances are low, it means there is a chance.

    @Rdan - The choice whether you drink or not is your own, but if you decide you will have a drink, then please do so very moderately indeed. Even those who haven't had a drink in a while, for no reason other than they haven't can find their tolerances to alcohol are dimished and they can become inebriated, and all that comes with it, more quickly.
     
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  8. Fruitella

    Fruitella Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Had lactic acidosis a few years ago as a non drinker and taken off the metformin. Diagnosed at A&E with blood test and most of the symptoms listed. GP had said a few hours earlier that it was a virus. Ho hum.
    Have recently discovered that I do like a decent reserve port! :)
     
  9. Rdan

    Rdan · Member

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    Thank you all for your feedback
     
  10. Ross.Walker

    Ross.Walker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I went through this, in the end I was ok with a few good shots, I cannot state how important it is to invest in the very best, if you are going to have only one or two then make them worth it.
     
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