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28th July 2023

Ozempic and Alcohol: Can You Drink on Ozempic?

Dr. Devan Patel, PharmD
Ozempic and Alcohol: Can You Drink on Ozempic?

Ozempic is a new drug that helps diabetics manage their blood sugar while also producing a secondary benefit-weight loss. Though Ozempic is prescribed for use to treat diabetes, it’s sometimes prescribed off-label to patients solely for weight loss purposes. 

Whether you’re taking Ozempic for diabetes or to help you lose weight, you should be aware of any possible drug interactions. One of the most common questions asked is about Ozempic and alcohol. 

Does alcohol interact negatively with Ozempic? Is it okay to partake in your weekly happy hour sessions while on Ozempic, or should you avoid alcohol altogether? 

Keep reading to learn more about semaglutide side effects, the effects of Ozempic and alcohol, and whether it’s safe for you to drink on Ozempic. 

What Exactly is Ozempic?

Ozempic is semaglutide, a type of drug known as a GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) receptor agonist. GLP-1 is a natural hormone in your gut that regulates insulin secretion and lowers glucagon (sugar) in your bloodstream. 

Semaglutide mimics this hormone to make your body produce more insulin, therefore lowering your blood sugar levels. Semaglutide also increases feelings of satiety and slows down digestion, which correlates to eating fewer daily calories. Weight loss while taking Ozempic is largely attributed to these appetite-suppressing effects. 


Ozempic and Alcohol: Can You Mix the Two?

Ozempic is not known to interact negatively with alcohol. However, it may not be safe for everyone, especially those with diabetes. 

Alcohol can affect your blood sugar levels and can make it harder to control your diabetes. It can cause your blood sugar to drop too low (hypoglycemia), which can be dangerous. You may be especially at risk of hypoglycemia if you are taking other medications that also lower your blood sugar. 

If you are not diabetic or have your diabetes well under control, moderate drinking (no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women) is generally considered safe. However, if you have any other health conditions like liver or kidney problems or are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not combine Ozempic and alcohol. 

Remember, alcohol is a toxin at the end of the day. Though it can be tolerated in moderate amounts, alcohol is not good for your overall health. 

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Ozempic and Alcohol for Weight Loss

Although Ozempic and alcohol (when consumed responsibly) can be safely combined, it may interfere with your weight loss goals. Alcohol contains empty calories, which can contribute to weight gain. 

Moreover, alcohol also stimulates appetite, which can cause you to consume more calories. It can also leave you feeling groggy and lethargic the following day, which could interfere with your exercise levels. 

Overall, consuming alcohol can counteract your weight loss progress, which may also make it harder for you to manage your diabetes. For best weight loss results, consider avoiding alcohol altogether. 

Side Effects of Ozempic and Alcohol

If you’re taking Ozempic, your doctor should inform you about the possible side effects. The most commonly experienced side effects of Ozempic include gastrointestinal disturbances such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and constipation. 

These side effects generally subside after a few days to a few weeks but it’s possible alcohol could make these side effects more intense. Consuming alcohol in excess can disrupt the gut biome, which can lead to an upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting. It can also cause dehydration, making these symptoms worse. 


Can You Reduce Side Effects?

To avoid the above symptoms, don’t drink alcohol to excess, especially while on Ozempic. Additionally, you may consider other lifestyle changes like eating smaller but more frequent meals, avoiding certain foods that cause stomach upset (like greasy and fatty foods), and taking a multi-nutrient supplement like PeptideVite. 

PeptideVite combines potent natural ingredients scientifically researched for their effectiveness in relieving gastrointestinal discomfort and boosting metabolism.* A dietary supplement like PeptideVite can be taken alongside Ozempic for its potential in reducing negative side effects and promoting a healthy metabolism.*

Safety Tips for Drinking Alcohol With Ozempic

When it comes to Ozempic and alcohol, it is best to talk to your doctor. Your doctor will be able to advise you on whether it is safe for you to drink alcohol while taking Ozempic. Additionally, if you do decide to drink alcohol, your doctor may advise you to check your blood sugar levels more frequently and be extra careful when driving or operating heavy machinery.

You can also minimize the risks of drinking alcohol by choosing to drink with a meal to help slow down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream. This will help manage your blood sugar levels and ensure you don’t become intoxicated too quickly.

Drinking Alcohol on Ozempic: The Takeaway

There is no evidence to suggest Ozempic and alcohol are a dangerous combination when used in moderation, for most people. However, it’s important to remember that alcohol can affect your diabetes and weight management if consumed in excess. 

If you’re concerned about drinking alcohol while on Ozempic, consult your doctor. Your doctor will be able to advise you on whether it is safe for you to drink alcohol and whether you need to take any precautions. 

Ultimately, the most important thing is to listen to your body and take care of your health.



*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.