21 May 2013
There is one area you ought to be aware that can cause problems for the liver. For the kidney, renal, I saw nothing in particular, unless you had a kidney problem prior to taking metformin or have developed a problem since. As long as you have annual or six month complete blood tests you should be fine. Here is the info on alcohol, which we tend to forget over time and does cause a very real problem, even life threatening.
There is 1 alcohol/food/lifestyle interaction with metformin:
Alcohol (Ethanol) ↔ metFORMIN
Moderate Drug Interaction
Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.
GENERALLY AVOID: Ethanol may potentiate the effects of metformin on lactate metabolism.
MANAGEMENT: Patients should be advised to avoid excessive alcohol consumption while taking metformin and to promptly notify their physician if they experience possible signs of lactic acidosis such as malaise, myalgia, respiratory distress, hyperventilation, slow or irregular heartbeat, somnolence, abdominal upset, or other unusual symptoms. Other antihyperglycemic agents may be more appropriate for alcoholic patients.
- Metformin Information for Consumers
- Metformin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Metformin (detailed)
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