Mounjaro and Alcohol: What You Need to Know
Drinking a nice glass of wine, a cocktail, or a beer can feel like a great way to relax and unwind. However, if you are taking Mounjaro, you might wonder if it is a wise choice.
The truth is that Mounjaro is so new that it has yet to be studied. If fact, if you visit the manufacturer’s website, that is the information you see.
However, we know a lot of information to help you make the best decision.
What Is Mounjaro?
Mounjaro (tirzepatide) is a new injectable medication for managing type 2 diabetes. It is prescribed along with diet and exercise.
Tirzapetide is a GIP and GLP-1 receptor antagonist manufactured by Eli Lilly.
Glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) are hormones involved in blood sugar control.
Tirzapetide is a first-in-class medicine that activates GIP and GLP-1 receptors, leading to improved blood sugar control. Mounjaro is administered by injection under the skin once weekly, with the dose adjusted as tolerated to meet blood sugar goals.
Mounjaro for Weight Loss
This medication is not approved for weight loss at this time. However, it has been used off-label for this purpose and is expected to be approved by the end of 2023.
Can You Drink Alcohol While Taking Mounjaro?
There are two important pieces of information that can assist with answering this question.
The first is that Mounjaro is designed to control blood sugar, and at this time, is approved to treat diabetics.
The second is that in people with diabetes, alcohol can lower and raise blood sugar.
There is a worry that if these two are combined, it could lead to hypoglycemia, causing a medical crisis.
It is advisable to refrain from drinking alcohol if you have uncontrolled diabetes.
However, your doctor can best determine if drinking alcohol is safe for you. For most people, it is safe to drink in moderation.
Definition of Moderate Drinking
As per the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, drinking alcohol in moderation is described as:
- One drink for women a day
- Two drinks for men a day
If you choose to drink, avoid drinks high in sugar and carbohydrates. Options include:
A distilled spirit that typically contains zero carbs. Mix with low carbohydrate mixers such as club soda or diet tonic water.
Usually carb-free when consumed straight or on the rocks. Just make sure to avoid sugary mixers.
Most types of rum contain zero carbs. Opt for a light or dark rum and avoid sweetened varieties.
This drink is low in carbs, generally containing zero per serving. Mix it with sugar-free tonic or soda water to keep the carb count low.
Typically contains no carbs. Enjoy it neat, on the rocks, or with carb-free mixers.
This bubbly drink is relatively low in carbs compared to other sparkling wines. It usually contains around 2-3 grams of carbs per serving.
Dry wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon are generally lower in carbs than sweet wines. They typically contain 3-4 grams of carbs per 5-ounce serving.
Light beers are specifically brewed to have fewer carbs than regular beers. They usually contain around 3-6 grams of carbs per 12-ounce serving.
Their low-carb content has made hard seltzers very popular. They typically contain around 2-5 grams of carbs per 12-ounce serving.
Opt for low-calorie alcoholic beverages without experiencing the detrimental health consequences of excessive alcohol intake.
Keep in mind that consuming less food alongside alcohol will result in a distinct impact on your body.
What to Drink Instead of Alcohol?
Mocktails are non-alcoholic cocktails that mimic the flavors and presentation of traditional alcoholic drinks. Get creative and experiment with different combinations to find your favorite flavors.
Infusing water with fruits, vegetables, and herbs is a refreshing and healthy alternative.
These teas come in a wide range of flavors and can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Explore different blends like chamomile, peppermint, hibiscus, or ginger for a flavorful and calming beverage.
Both plain and flavored can be a refreshing substitute for alcoholic beverages. Opt for unsweetened versions or add a splash of fresh citrus juice for some extra flavor.
A fermented tea beverage is known for its probiotic properties. It comes in various flavors and can be a great alternative to alcoholic drinks due to its unique taste and effervescence.
Tips for Drinking Alcohol While on Mounjaro
If you decide to drink alcohol while using Mounjaro, consider these tips:
- Limit your alcohol intake
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid sugary drinks
- Monitor your blood sugar levels
- Be mindful of side effects
Before consuming alcohol while taking weight loss medications, it is advisable to seek advice from your healthcare provider. They can offer personalized recommendations based on your medical history and requirements.
The Bottom Line
Overall, it is important to be mindful of alcohol consumption when taking Mounjaro. While drinking is generally safe, it is best to ask your doctor about any concerns.
If you choose to drink, limit your intake, and choose alcoholic beverages low in sugar and calories.
Experiment with alternatives to alcohol such as sparkling water, kombucha, or virgin cocktails such as a virgin skinny mojito.
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Dr. Su-Nui Escobar, a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist in Miami, FL, is dedicated to empowering women in perimenopause and menopause to live healthier, more satisfying lives.
With a doctorate in clinical nutrition from the University of North Florida, she has expertise in menopause and weight loss, including the unique challenges faced by those on weight loss medications.
Su-Nui’s passion for her field is evident in her previous role as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson.