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Humalog and Alcohol Interaction

Humalog and Alcohol

Humalog generic name insulin lispro is also sold under the brand name KwikPen and is used to treat type 1 which is insulin dependent diabetes in adults. It is usual to give it together with another long acting insulain. It works by lowering levels of glucose in the blood.

Humalog can also be used with oral medications to treat type 2 diabetes in adults.

It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol while using this medicine as it may temporarily lower the blood sugar levels.

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.

The drug is a fast acting insulin that works very quickly and should be used 15 minutes before or after a meal.

If your blood sugar gets too low hypoglycemia symptoms may be headache, nausea, hunger, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, fast heart beat, sweating, tremor or trouble concentrating. You should carry a piece of hard candy with you in case this happens.

If your blood sugar gets too high hyperglycemia symptoms may be increased thirst, loss of appetite, increased urination, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dry skin or dry mouth.

Before using Humalog advise your physician if you are allergic to insulin or any other drug or substance, have liver or kidney disease.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are itching, swelling, redness or skin thickening of the skin near the injection site. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are itching skin rash over the entire body, wheezing, trouble breathing, fast heart rate, sweating 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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