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Metformin and Alcoholic Beverages

Metformin (Glucophage®) is a prescription medicine approved for the treatment of diabetes. Specifically, it is used to decrease blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It is generally recommended to avoid combining metformin and alcoholic beverages.
Since both metformin and alcohol can increase your chance of developing a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis, combining this medication with large amounts of alcohol can be even more dangerous.
It is usually not necessary to completely avoid alcohol while taking metformin (small amounts of alcohol should not be a problem). However, you should never consume a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine. In order to minimize your risks of developing problems, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about your particular situation.
(Click Metformin and Alcohol to learn more about the potential risks of consuming large amounts of alcohol while using this medication and to find out what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before using metformin.)
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