Glucotrol and Alcohol Interaction

Glucotrol and Alcohol

Glucotrol generic name glipizide belongs to a family of drugs which is an oral diabetes medicine that helps to control blood sugar levels and works by helping your pancreas to produce insulin. It is used with diet and exercise to treat type 2 diabetes which is the non-insulin dependent type of diabetes. It may also be used for other purposes.

Do not use this drug if allergic to glipizide or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis.

It is suggested only very minimal alcohol consumption of alcohol as this will drive your blood sugar abnormally low.

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.

Before using Glucotrol advise your physician if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, have liver disease, kidney disease, chronic diarrhea, blockage in your intestines, an enzyme deficiency known as glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, pituitary or adrenal gland disorder, a history of heart disease or if you are malnourished, whether you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, skin rash, redness or itching. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face tongue or throat, easy bruising or bleeding, feeling tired or short of breath, rapid heart rate, pale or yellow skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion, throbbing headache, severe nausea and vomiting, fast or pounding heartbeats, sweating or thirst or feeling faint. If these occur get emergency medical help.

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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