Lantus and Alcohol Interaction



Lantus and Alcohol

Lantus generic name insulin glargine which is also sold under brand names Lantis OptiClik Cartridge or Lantus Solostar Pen is a man made hormone that is produced in the body which functions by lowering the levels of sugar in the body.

Discuss the consumption of alcohol with your physician while using this drug as only moderate drinking should be considered.

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 using Lantus advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug or any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to be pregnant or are breastfeeding, or have liver or kidney disease.

Side Effects

Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as itching skin rash over the entire body, wheezing, trouble breathing, fast heart rate, sweating or feeling faint. If these occur get emergency medical help.

The most common effect of Lantus is hypoglecemia, known as low blood sugar, which will result in headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, tremors, irritability, trouble concentrating, rapid breathing, fast heartbeat, fainting, seizure.

A diabetic should carry hard candy or some other sugar source in case of emergency. Advise your physician if there is itching or swelling at the injection site.

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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