Exenatide is an injectable diabetes medicine that is used to control blood sugar levels and functions by stimulating your pancreas to produce more insulin.
The drug is used to treat type 2 which is the non-insulin dependent diabetes and is sometimes used in combination with other drugs. It may also be used for other medical conditions.
Do not use Exenatide to treat type 1 diabetes or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis.
Do not consume alcohol while using this drug as it will cause your blood sugar levels to decrease and make control difficult.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Before using advise your physician if you have kidney disease, are on dialysis, have problems with digestion or have severe stomach disorders.
Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, heartburn, loss of appetite, weight loss, dizziness, headache or feeling jittery.If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are urinating less than usual or not at all, drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, diarrhea, swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath, dull pain in the middle or lower back or severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite or fast heart rate. If these occur get emergency medical aid.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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