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Glucovance and Alcohol Interaction

Glucovance and Alcohol

Glucovance generic name glyburide and metformin is a combination of the two drugs which are both oral diabetes medicines that help control blood sugar levels and is used to treat type 2 diabetes the non-insulin type and is not to be used for type 1 diabetes.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to either glyburide or metformin, have kidney disease or in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Do not drink alcohol while using this drug as it may lower blood pressure and greatly increase side effects. Do not use Glucovance if you are going to have an x-ray or CT scan that require the injection of a dye into your veins.

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 starting this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding, have kidney or liver disease, state of diabetic ketoacidosis, have an enzyme deficiency such as glucose 6 phospahte dehydrogenase deficiency, heart disease or a history of heart attack or stroke.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are sneezing, runny nose, cough or signs of a cold, headache, mild dizziness, mild nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, or upset stomach. If these occur contact your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are a build up of lactose acid in the body resulting in muscle pain or weakness, numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs, trouble breathing, stomach pain, nausea with vomiting, slow or uneven heart rate, dizziness or feeling very weak or tired. 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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