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Old 02-21-2012, 21:39   #1
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I was just put on Metformin last week. My Diabetic Nurse said it was ok to have a little wine if I would like. The prescription bottle says otherwise.
Is anyone else on Metformin? Do you drink wine? I'm not an everyday drinker but would like to have one or two on a Saturday night if possible...
Any advice would be appreciated.

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Bourbon Man myself, but ethanol is ethanol. It should not hurt you and ironically may drive your Blood Sugars lower.

I would try to stick with dry wines, reds in particular as there are fewer sugars involved.

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I drink wine without worry.

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Thanks Tim, I prefer a cheap Moscato, but have a bottle of red that I have been sitting on I may open.
Moon, are you on Metformin?

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i will confess - met turned me into a cheap date lol 2 of ANYTHING is mooooooorrrrrrrrreeeeeee than plenty. not that i drank much more of it before but seriously - the effects are MUCH stronger. be advised

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I am on metformin and I do drink wine. It will affect you more quickly, though so make sure you are eating. At a Holiday Party when I had 3 glasses of wine over a 5 hour period, my bg did go down to the low 60's. When you drink it shuts down your liver so it can't kick in glucose. Sometimes that is a good thing. I think on the Rx bottles it has to say Don't take with Alcohol to protect themselves legally in case you go too low. My doctor said it was fine.

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With all these things , it is best to ask your Doctor

but I am on Metformin and enjoy a couple of glasses of red wine on Saturday nights, with no ill effects. But everyone is an individual, so please discuss with a professional

Wine tends to lower you blood sugar levels (but it will spike up later, when it has done processing the alcohol)

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With all these things , it is best to ask your Doctor

but I am on Metformin and enjoy a couple of glasses of red wine on Saturday nights, with no ill effects. But everyone is an individual, so please discuss with a professional
For drug-related questions, I'm partial to pharmacists rather than doctors. They know more about medications and they're easier to access.

As for the original question . . . My almost-pharmacist daughter (graduates in May) agrees with leigh's nurse; a little alcohol should be fine. Her exact words: "Don't go crazy." She has a certificate in pharmaceutical care for patients with diabetes from the American Pharmacists Association, so I trust her.

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Moon, are you on Metformin?
Yes - and until recently took the max dose of 2000 mg ER/day.

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For drug-related questions, I'm partial to pharmacists rather than doctors. They know more about medications and they're easier to access.

As for the original question . . . My almost-pharmacist daughter (graduates in May) agrees with leigh's nurse; a little alcohol should be fine. Her exact words: "Don't go crazy." She has a certificate in pharmaceutical care for patients with diabetes from the American Pharmacists Association, so I trust her.
As a retired Pharmacist, I agree. I have a younger brother who is a brilliant MD but when I asked him how much Pharmacology (study of drug action; and a major course in Pharmacy School) he took in Med School, he thought that it was a couple of days.

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