omeprazole and blood sugar?

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ThatsMzTaz2U
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   Posted 6/21/2014 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I been taking omeprazole for acid reflex I notice since taking it my blood sugars are way up 250-300 this is the second go around with this med took it back in 2010 same thing high blood sugar, does any one know if this med can casue high blood sugar thanks for your help


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Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 6/21/2014 11:40:44 AM (GMT-6)


Lanie G
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   Posted 6/21/2014 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello MzTaz and welcome. I looked for side effects of Omeprazole and couldn't find anything related to blood sugar but there was one site that said it could cause a decrease in magnesium levels in the blood. I've read that magnesium supplements help with blood sugar control (although I don't know if this is a universal effect, so it may or may not help everyone), so I'm thinking "maybe" it might be making your magnesium levels go down? I don't know but if your doctor approves, then maybe you could benefit from magnesium supplements.

Also, since your blood sugar runs too high, then you might want to re-examine what you're eating, too. Are you on diabetes medication?
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ThatsMzTaz2U
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   Posted 6/21/2014 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on med for the diabetes and I watch careful what I eat met with a nutrution lady I eat 45 carbs for Breakfast lunch and dinner 30 for a snack i mesuare everything and read packages, this happend to me 4 years ago when taking this same meds IDK I really think it's the Omeprazzole I did read a study they just did in 2014 that said it can raise blood sugar i was just wondering if any one else had this problem, when I stopped the omepazole 4 years ago blood sugars returned to normal ranges it's just wierd
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   Posted 6/21/2014 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Then, see if there's a substitute you can take for the omeprazole. You would also see better blood sugar results if you cut down on the carbs at every meal.
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TiredFoodie
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   Posted 1/4/2015 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Would you kindly post the link to the 2014 study? I think omezraprol may be increasing my BG levels as well

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   Posted 1/5/2015 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, TiredFoodie. This poster has not returned for a couple of months so I don't know if you'll receive a response.

I have looked into the side effects of omeprazole available online and as I wrote it may deplete magnesium levels in some people and that could possibly affect blood sugar. However, some reported lowered blood sugar, too but this is not a common effect: www.rxlist.com/prilosec-side-effects-drug-center.htm.

As I noted in the original poster's information, I feel her higher than normal blood sugar is because of what she's eating.

Can you write what food you're eating every day? Maybe there are other reasons for your elevated blood sugar as well.
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R0nny
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   Posted 6/27/2015 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Last year I went on the paleo diete. No starches no sugar less than 25 carbs a day. My fasting blood sugar went from 110 to 140. I also started taking omeprazole 40 mg at the same time. Started metformen recently a1c went from 6.5 to 6.6 in three months. I did not take the omeprazole last night blood sugar 129 this morning. Lowest in a year. I feel there may be a connection

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   Posted 6/27/2015 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, R0nny. I haven't found any more information about omeprazole and blood sugar than what was talked about earlier. It's possible that a depletion of magnesium is to blame but there might be other factors, too, so it would be best to put this all to your doctor.

In the meantime, can you change to another drug entirely and not take the omeprazole? If you are on the generic form, maybe switch to another generic form of it?

I wish I could help more.
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AndieBWell
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   Posted 8/25/2015 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking omeprazole for the past 8 months for acid reflux/cough. I have type II Diabetes. My resting sugar levels have gone up some. I didn't think about a possible connection. My A1c was under 6 prior to taking omeprazole. I never had a morning test of 127 before this. Also taking metformin. Maybe it has caused my higher readings too.

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   Posted 8/25/2015 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, AndieBWell. Have you brought this up with your doctor? You might also request a test to see what your magnesium level is since omeprazole seems to deplete this. Can you take another medication for acid reflux?
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Emma2016
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   Posted 3/5/2016 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Just started seeing an endocrinologist for diabetes 2 after suffering from chronic stomach and intestinal problems for 30 days. She took me off metformin immediately and thankfully my stomach and intestinal symptoms were gone the following day. It was good to find out that the metformin was causing problems after suffering for so long. My family doctor didn't know what was wrong with me, it was good that I went to an endocrinologist.

The new dr. put me on two pills to substitute for metformin...glimepiride tabs 2mg and tradjenta 5mg a day, 15 minutes before eating. The dr. has prescribed trulicity which I'm waiting for and I was told to stop taking the tradjenta once the trulicity pens arrive.

Last week I stopped taking omeprazole since hearing it may cause/ be connected to dementia and or Alzheimer's Disease.

A miracle has occurred, my blood sugar numbers dropped to 100 before breakfast and the highest was 130 2-hours after dinner! This trend is continuing for over a week. The readings when taking omeprazole were over 130 fasting and 200 after a meal. Something has lowered my levels since with the two new tablets my numbers were still high. The only recent difference was stopping the omeprazole.

Thanks to all who discussed this issue because now I'm thinking there may be a reason my blood sugar levels have dropped. At the end of the month I see my dr. and share with her my blood sugar log. I look forward to her input on the subject.

Post Edited (Emma2016) : 3/5/2016 5:38:16 AM (GMT-7)


Lanie G
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   Posted 3/5/2016 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you're seeing better blood sugar levels. If other diabetics are using omeprazole, I hope they try other products to see if their blood sugar levels change.

Now, I am wondering why your doctor didn't know or didn't tell you about the gastric problems that metformin can cause and how to avoid them. When metformin is prescribed, patients should be told to take it with food and to avoid highly fried/greasy food as well as heavy carbs. This kind of food with metformin will cause gastiric upset and sometimes nausea and acid stomach.

In any case, I hope you are doing well now!
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Emma2016
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   Posted 3/5/2016 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lanie,

Metformin causing watery diarrhea and intestinal pain, years after taking it, is not as well known. I looked it up and the new endocrinologist was aware immediately. It appears this is what happened to me after long term metformin use (2000 mg a day):

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11714216

Metformin as a cause of late-onset chronic diarrhea.
Foss MT1, Clement KD.
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Abstract
Metformin is an effective and commonly administered drug for controlling plasma glucose concentrations in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Gastrointestinal adverse effects such as abdominal pain, nausea, dyspepsia, anorexia, and diarrhea are common and widely accepted when occurring at the start of metformin therapy. Diarrhea occurring long after the dosage titration period is much less well recognized. Our patient began to experience nausea, abdominal cramping, and explosive watery diarrhea that occasionally caused incontinence after several years of stable metformin therapy A trial of metformin discontinuation resolved all gastrointestinal symptoms. A review of the literature revealed two reports that suggest diarrhea occurring long after the start of metformin therapy is relatively common, based on surveys of patients with diabetes. Metformin-induced diarrhea is differentiated from diabetic diarrhea, which is clinically similar, except diabetic diarrhea is rare in patients with type 2 diabetes. Patients with type 2 diabetes who are taking metformin and experience diarrhea deserve a drug-free interval before undergoing expensive and uncomfortable diagnostic tests, even when the dosage has been stable over a long period.
PMID: 11714216 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Hal N
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   Posted 7/26/2016 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been diabetic for quite a few years, and have had my glucose levels under control for the last several years. A few months ago my blood sugar readings began to spike. This continued for several weeks. I had no change in any of my medications for over a year. I tried to think what was different about my diet. Nothing. Then it dawned on me; I had been taking Omeprazole for six weeks or so. I stopped taking it immediately, and my blood sugar readings shortly came back to what they had been before. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that Omeprazole was the culprit. (I take Zantac now and don't have any reactions.)

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   Posted 7/26/2016 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, Hal N! I'm glad you found out what was causing the rise in blood sugar! It seems that several people have experienced this and I hope more information is put out there about it. Thanks for posting! You're welcome to start a new post and introduce yourself! Glad you found us here!

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Rugger
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   Posted 9/14/2016 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I'm new here. But the same thing happened to me – doing really well with my control until I started having stomach problems. Doctor put me on omeprazole and my BG numbers went up about 25–30 points.

I thought it was coincidence, but when I went off of it my BG numbers returned to their previous state. Then, a couple of months later I had a reoccurrence of the stomach issues and went back on omeprazole. Within a few days, my BG numbers rose again.

Morning numbers which have been pretty constant, about 125, went up to 150. Before dinner numbers which had been 105–110 are now 130–140.

I'll be going off of the medication again since my stomach is better and I'll let you know if the numbers drop back down again.

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   Posted 9/15/2016 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
This is why it's important to keep records of your blood sugar (and also what you eat). I hope your blood sugar continues to come down to normal levels though.

Please come back and start a new thread introducing yourself and how you've been doing! Glad you found HealingWell!
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   Posted 9/24/2016 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I stopped taking the omeprazole for a second time, and within two days my BG once again returned back to its previous levels. about 25–30 points under what it was while I was taking the drug.

I kept my diet, time of meals, exercise level, etc as similar as possible to avoid extraneous factors that might have accounted for the difference.

It's interesting because omeprezole, as far as my research could tell, is supposed to have no effect whatsoever on BG levels. So it's a good reminder that everyone is different, and what applies to one person may not apply to another. I would imagine it's a rather unusual reaction, but it's there. So just because a particular drug is not supposed to affect one, it still just might.

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   Posted 12/4/2016 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello There, I have been getting high sugar readings(high 200's just at 300), and the only two meds that I am taking is, Januvia and Omeprazole...
I thought that I might not be monitoring by carb intake well, so I went by the book carefully monitoring everything I consumed. No luck in change of blood sugars. So I cut out all carbs, just veggies and protein trying to get the numbers down with barely a dent in blood sugar number change.
I was thinking it was the Januvia and stopped taking it for a week and nothing much changed, so I started taking it again, and my numbers are still high. So I was like, it has to be this Januvia! So I stopped taking it again, and within 2 to 3 days my numbers were finally just under 200.
However, I did not realize that with all my frustration that I had stopped taking the Omeprazole. *facepalm* I had never considered that it was the Prilosec. Coincidence, dunno? But... Both medications were started about the same time, only with a two week or so difference.
I have started to retake the Januvia, and numbers are still dropping slowly. However, I'm still on a no carb diet until these numbers drop. Maybe it IS the Januvia? Or Both?
I have had the magnesium levels checked regularly, so all is well there.
Still confused and frustrated about it all, not having studied proof of related issues with Prilosec and blood sugars, almost like it's being dismissed under the rug :/

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   Posted 12/4/2016 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi MissyB, the best idea I have is to see if you can switch to another drug in place of omeprazole.
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