Humulin and Alcohol
Humulin generic name insulin isophane and insulin regular and is sold under the brand names Humulin 50/50, Humulin 70/30, Novolin 70/30, Novolin 70/30 Innolet, Novolin 70/30 PenFill, Relion Novolin 70/30 Innolet, Relion/Novolin 70/30.
It belongs to the family of man-made hormones that is produced in the body and works by lowering levels of glucose in the blood and is used to treat diabetes. Humulin is a long acting form of insulin that is slightly different from other forms that are produced naturally.
It is suggested that you not consume alcohol while using this drug as your blood glucose level may dip too 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.
If your blood sugar gets too low you will suffer from hypoglycemia and the symptoms may be headache, nausea, hunger, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor or trouble concentrating. It is suggested a diabetic carry a piece of hard candy for such an occurrence.
There are many other medicines that can increase or decrease the effect of Humulin on lowering blood sugar. Advise your physician about all prescription and nonprescription drugs, vitamins, supplements or herbal products you use.
If your blood sugar gets too high you will suffer from hyperglycemia and the symptoms will be increased thirst, loss of appetite, increased urination, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dry skin and dry mouth. If these symptoms occur get immediate emergency help.
Before starting Humulin advise your physician if you are allergic to insulin, any other drug or substance, have liver or kidney disease, if you are pregnant, plan to be so or are breastfeeding. If these symptoms occur get immediate emergency 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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