Don’t Ever Use Apple Cider Vinegar If You’re Taking Any of These Medications

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a miracle food, used to treat so many conditions. It’s usually been used to treat an upset stomach, manages diabetes, and improves digestion. Many people use it for appetite control. Generally, that is something that every family has to have it.

However, because of some side effects, ACV isn’t for everyone, especially if you are in some specific conditions and take drugs. In such cases, ACV does more harm than good.

To know how to act in some situation, you must learn about ACV’s drawbacks, and avoid harmful complications.

Never Take ACV if you take following Medications:

  1. Diabetes Drugs & Insulin

–           Sulfonylureas

–           Biguanides

–           Thiazolidinediones

–           Meglitinides

–           SGLT2 Inhibitors

–           DPP-4 inhibitors

–           Bile Acid Sequestrants

–           Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors

–           Insulin2

As ACV reduces postprandial blood sugar, making it easier to control glucose levels and is known for improving diabetes risk.

If you’re prescribed any kind of a diabetes medication, you should be careful, because they have the same effects as ACV to decrease blood glucose. So, when they are combined with ACV, your blood sugar might get too low, which can lead to hypoglycemia and causes shaking, dizziness, confusion, and weakness. If you do not treat hypoglycemia it may lead to unconsciousness and seizures.

The same warning is when you are on insulin therapy, because it uses glucose for energy, helping in reducing blood sugar levels.

Another side effect of using ACV and diabetes drugs is decreasing of blood potassium, which can cause hypokalemia. In this situation you’ll face symptoms of constipation, skipped heartbeats, palpitations, fatigue, tingling, muscle damage, and numbness.

  1. Hypertension Drugs

Avoid ACV If You’re Taking Hypertension Drugs, such as:

–           Thiazolidinediones (thiazide diuretics)

–           Loop diuretics8

High blood pressure (hypertension) affects almost 1/3 of populations. To reduce it are used diuretics that “flush” extra sodium out of the body through urine, so, they’re also known as water or fluid pills.

Unfortunately, together with the sodium, you are going to lose potassium, too. The symptoms can range from constipation to muscle damage.

  1. Heart Failure Drugs

Avoid ACV if are used:

–           Loop diuretics

–           Thiazolidinediones (thiazide diuretics)

As some diuretics treat heart failure, they work to reduce blood pressure and therefore, the heart’s workload.

As mentioned, it’s another setup for low blood potassium and ACV can increase the risk, so it’s crucial to be careful, or completely avoid ACV.

We all know that the potassium is needed for normal heart function, because it controls the heartbeat and rhythm, and if you have congestive heart failure.

When you experience hypokalemia, you might be switched to potassium-sparing diuretics, to increase urination but keep potassium in the body. Another solution is to take potassium supplements or eat potassium-rich foods.

Excellent sources of potassium are avocados, bran, bananas, milk, carrots, salmon, oranges, and spinach.

Safety Notes:

–           Take ACV in moderation.

–           Always dilute it with water, as it can burn the esophagus.

–           If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before taking ACV.