Can You Drink Alcohol while Taking Semaglutide

Can You Drink Alcohol While Taking Semaglutide – Advice of Food Experts

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, reviewed by
 – Updated October 10, 2022
By 
, reviewed by
Linley-Boulden
 – Updated October 10, 2022
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We will say straight away that taking alcohol or any alcoholic beverage with appetite suppressants (oral and injectable) or other weight loss drugs may result in interaction.

If you plan to drink during your treatment course, you should discuss this with your doctor beforehand.

Talking about Semaglutide, after reading the leaflet, you will find out that alcohol may:

  • Mask the symptoms of hypoglycaemia.
  • Make hypoglycaemia worse.

People with low blood sugar or those who take antidiabetic medication should be especially careful.

Symptoms of hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose):

  • Muscle twitching.
  • Looking pale.
  • Dizziness.
  • Blurry vision
  • Feeling hungry.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Sweating.
  • Headache.
  • Numbness of the lips, tongue or cheeks.

We haven’t found the results of large scale clinical studies on the effect of alcohol on Semaglutide. Thus, it is hard to predict what reactions may a person have after taking them together.

Someone may drink small amounts of alcohol and experience no adverse effects. While in others (for instance, people with increased sensitivity) a minimal amount of ethanol may begin to interact with Semaglutide.

Experts recommend to minimize drinking alcohol during the obesity treatment. It’s safe to say that ethanol doesn’t interact with drugs when you disinfect the injection site with an alcohol swab.

There is some more interesting and helpful information.

During a Semaglutide treatment, especially if it is a long-term course, some people discover that they lose interest in drinking alcohol. This applies to both strong alcoholic drinks and low-alcohol beverages.

One of the latest studies shows that GLP-1 (Semaglutide has 94% structural homology to native human GLP-1) reduces alcohol use. This trial was conducted on mices, so it can’t be 100% projected onto people.

There is another essential point that sometimes is ignored during a weight loss journey.

We are talking about the effect ethanol has on diet and weight loss process.

Alcohol may:

  • Stimulate appetite.
  • Lead to emotional choice of high-calorie junk food.
  • Lead to stop following a diet plan.

Although we don’t think of alcohol as a source of energy, it is true. Often we think that this role is take by meat (proteins), but let’s compare:

  • 100 gr of whiskey contains approximately 250 kcal.
  • 100 gr of chicken breast contains 130-165 kcal.

Moreover, in contrast to meat, alcohol or alcoholic beverages, contain a lot of empty calories that have no nutritional benefits ащк your body. They don’t offer vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs.

Summing Up

Always follow recommendations of your food expert, doctore, or other medical specialist. Be sure to consult a professional regarding the interaction of Semaglutide with ethanol, dietary supplements or drugs. Remember, that alcohol may slow down the process of burning fat and lead to increase in weight.

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