Monday, May 16, 2011

Can You Take Prevacid When You Have Type 2 Diabetes?

A reader asks, "Can you take Prevacid when you have type 2 diabetes?" Yes, but here is what to watch out for.
The frequently unmentioned problem with Prevacid is that reducing acid reduces the completeness of digestion. If there is some food protein to which you are sensitive, the stress of the allergic or inflammatory reaction may run up your blood sugar levels more after each meal. Your digestive tract will still, unfortunately, manage to convert starch into sugar.

Long-term users of Prevacid (lansoprazole) and Prilosec (omeprazole) may also problems with:

  • Bone maintenance
  • Vitamin absorption
  • Detoxification of ACE-inhibitors, glipizide drugs for diabetes, and many medications for cholesterol.
These medications compete for liver enzymes that are also needed to activate and detoxify the drugs.

Don't base your decisions for medication on anything your read on the Internet. Discuss your concerns with your doctor and your pharmacist. Bone health, vitamin absorption, food reactions, and the effectiveness of other medications are prime areas for concern.

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