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Old 09-29-2015, 23:58   #1
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I don't drink beer.. but a friend asked me to come over in the next few weeks for drink.. I do drink socially but have not done so since starting metformin (500mg twice a day) will I be okay with a few mixed drinks? or is the sad truth that I have to give up drinking altogether? as I said I barely drink anymore and its more than 3 or 4 drinks. Any advice would be appreciated.

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I still drink, but no more than one or VERY rarely, two. And only about once a month or less.




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What's in the mix? If you are like me, the metformin will not do much to counteract a sugary drink. And more than three or four drinks sounds like a lot to me. Since the combo can cause lactic-acidosis, a more moderate approach might be in order. What does the doc say? I enjoy a single glass of red wine nearly every evening with dinner. I'm at 1500/day with the metformin.

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I don't seem to have any trouble with a wee dram of single-malt scotch whisky.

I reduces my blood glucose nicely, without causing a low.

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I just started back on met (2,000 mg) but was on it a while back for a long while also at 2,000 mg. I drink rarely but when I did drink, I limited to one or two drinks (or glasses of wine in my case) just because I was worried about any side effects including lows or lactic acid issues. I was fine with a few drinks. I just didn't overdo it.

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The Phantom of Lactic Acidosis due to Metformin in Patients With Diabetes
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/827622

Lactic acidosis from metformin use is associated with HEAVY alcohol ingestion . . . not the occasional drink or two, regardless of what the mixer is.




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There is a warning on the label, but for an occasional couple of drinks, there's no need to worry.

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The last two posts speak of a "drink or two" and a "couple." Please note that the question was not about two drinks, it was "more than 3 or 4" at a single event.

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Duly noted, Steven; we're all quite literate here. And we've advised fewer than that. Do you think the OP cannot understand that more than three or four might be too many?




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