Janumet and Alcohol Interaction

Janumet and Alcohol

Janumet generic name metformin and sitagliptin is a combination of two drugs that is an oral diabetes medication used to control blood sugar levels. It is used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Metformin works by decreasing sugar production in the liver and decreasing absorption of glucose by the intestines.

Sitagliptin works by regulating the levels of insulin your body produces after eating.

It is suggested that you avoid drinking alcohol while using Janumet as it will lower your blood sugar and increase the incidence of lactic acidosis.

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.

It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.

I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to either drug, have liver or kidney disease or are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis, if you are having any type of x-ray or CT scan using a venal injectable dye.

Before taking this drug inform your physician if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, liver disease, kidney disease, congestive heart failure, severe infection, if dehydrated, are dehydrated, drink a lot of alcohol,, need a CT or scan using an injectable dye, history of heart disease or pancreatitis, over 80 years of age or uncertain about kidney function.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are diarrhea, mild nausea, upset stomach, headache, weakness or cold symptoms such as runny stuffy nose, sneezing or sore throat. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are pancreatitis which manifests as severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, fast heart rate, short of breath or swelling or rapid weight gain. If these occur get 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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