Sulfonylureas/Ethyl Alcohol Interactions
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Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Alcohol lowers blood glucose levels and disrupts the product of glucose in the liver.
What might happen:
Consuming alcohol with your medicine may lead to hypoglycemia, a condition in which your blood glucose levels are too low. Symptoms of low blood sugar include pale skin, blurred vision, loss of consciousness, increased thirst, increased urination, blurred vision, fatigue, or fast, deep breathing.Your diabetic medicine may also make you intolerant to alcohol. Symptoms of alcohol intolerance include flushing, throbbing in the head and neck, irregular heart beat, rapid heart beat, low blood pressure, sweating, nausea, and vomiting.
What you should do about this interaction:
Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol is also contained in many medicines. Discuss the amount of alcohol in your medicines with your healthcare (e.g. doctor or pharmacist).If you notice any signs or symptoms of low blood sugar or alcohol intolerance, contact your healthcare professional. Your doctor may want you to check your blood sugar more frequently or adjust your medicine.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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