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Glyburide and Alcohol Interaction

Glyburide and Alcohol

Glyburide is the generic name for the drug which is sold under the brand names Diabeta, Glynase Pres Tab and Micronase and belongs to the family of drugs that help control blood sugar levels. It is sued to treat type 2 diabetes but not type 1. It may also be used for other purposes.

It is suggested that you not drink alcohol while using this drug as it may cause your blood sugar to go too low and may greatly increase other side effects.

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.

Do not use if allergic to glyburide, being treated with bosentan, have type 1 insulin dependent diabetes or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Before starting this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to sulfa or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, breast feeding, have haemolytic anemia which is a lack of red blood cells, an enzyme deficiency known as glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, nerve disorder, liver or kidney disease, using insulin or taking chlorpropamide.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are mild nausea, heartburn, full feeling, joint or muscle pain, blurred vision, mild itching or skin rash. If these occur contact your physician for advice.

serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, pale skin, confusion, weakness, bruising or bleeding, purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin, headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, unsteady, hallucinations, fainting, seizure, shallow breathing or stoppage of breathing. 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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