Interactions between Ozempic (semaglutide) and alcohol may occur.
An individual who consumes alcohol while taking Ozempic may experience high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The side effect experienced depends on how often and how much an individual drinks. People who have uncontrolled diabetes should avoid drinking altogether.
Individuals who are diabetic with controlled blood sugar levels may be able to have a limited amount of alcohol; however, it is essential that these individuals speak with their physician prior to consuming any alcoholic beverages. Typically, limited alcohol consumption refers to one drink for women (5 oz wine) and two drinks for men (1.5 oz distilled spirits or 12 oz beer).
Individuals should avoid consuming alcohol after exercising and/or on an empty stomach because this may increase the risk of hypoglycemia.
Drinking alcoholic beverages while taking Ozempic can cause an individual to experience hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. It is the amount of alcohol consumed that determines which of these side effects an individual experiences. Other side effects may occur.