Metformin Hydrochloride Alcohol
Metformin hydrochloride is the generic name given to a drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes by keeping the body’s blood sugar level under control. It helps the body convert sugar from the blood stream into the cells by improving the body’s use of its own natural insulin supply.
Only moderate drinking is advised and never any binge drinking as coupled with the drug liver function could be impaired.
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.
It is important to note that the drug is not an oral form of insulin and is not used to replace insulin in the body.
Note a small number of people have developed a serious condition called lactic acidosis when taking the drug. This is a build up of lactic acid in the blood and may happen to people with kidney problems.
Do not take the drug if you have a history of kidney or liver problems. Also do not use the drug if you have a history of metabolic ketoacidosis.
Less serious side effects are diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nausea, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection, upset stomach, urinary tract infection, water retention and weight gain. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects may be symptoms of lactic acidosis, dizziness, light headedness, feeling weak, tired or uncomfortable, low body temperature, muscle pain, rapid breathing, slow or uneven heartbeat, nausea, vomiting and unusual drowsiness. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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