Glipizide and Alcohol
Glipizide is the generic name for drugs sold under the brand namesGlipiZIDE XL, Glucotrol, and Glucotrol XL and is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels by helping your pancreas produce insulin. The drug is used with diet and exercise to treat type 2 the non-insulin dependent diabetes.
Do not use this drug if you are allergic to this drug or if you are in a state of diabetic shock.
It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol while using this drug as blood sugar levels will be affected as well as greatly affecting 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.
Before taking Glipizide advise your physician if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to be so or are breast feeding, if you have liver disease, kidney disease, chronic diarrhea, blockage in your intestines, an enzyme deficiency called glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, a disorder of your pituitary or adrenal glands, history of heart disease or if you are malnourished.
Less serious side effects are nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, skin rash, redness or itching. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, bruising, bleeding, tired and short of breath, rapid heart rate, jaundice, dark colored urine, fever, confusion, throbbing headache, severe nausea and vomiting, irregular heartbeats, sweating, thirst 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.
Glipizide and alcohol
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