What Should People With Diabetes Consider When Selecting Pain Medication?
Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications. Continue reading >>
Member PCOS Type2 since 2003 +/- Insulin Since June 2007 so i usually take aspirin but for really bad muscle pain (as opposed to headaches or whatever) i take ibuprofen. I messed up my back again recently so i've been taking 600 mg of ibuprofen... then someone mentioned something to me and i read the inactive ingrediants which include: cellulose, corn starch, hypormellose, lactose, polydextrose, glycol, stodiaum starch glcolate, stearic acie and titanium dioxide. could this be what's f**king w/my blood sugar? 600 mg is a tiny amount of anything. If anyone of those ingredients were ingested at 600mg they would do nothing to your BG. For example, If the only inactive ingredient in aspirin where sugar and it was present at 600mg, it would be like taking 1/8 of a glucose tablet. Insulin (avg): 19.8 U (35% bolus); CHO (avg): 87g; BG (avg): 97 mg/dl; SD: 31 Tests (avg): 5.1; High: 168; Low: 51; highs>140: 3; lows<70: 10 Member PCOS Type2 since 2003 +/- Insulin Since June 2007 and yeah it's 600 mg of ibuprofen, i'm sure it's trace amounts of the rest of the stuff. I take Ibuprofen when I absolutely need to. For me, and I'm told that we all react differently to different medications, Ibuprofen works very well and doesn't up my B/G levels and BP or upset my stomach, thank heaven! Shaun is very knowledgeable and would know more than I would. I agree with what he shared with us. Aspirin doesn't work for me, nor do any of the other substitutes unless they're prescriptive and I'm on enough prescriptive stuff for my diabetes and high blood pressure now. I'm thinking of opening a pharmacy... :-( Take good care and give the Ibuprofen a try... and maybe take an extra B/G level test or two when you first start taking the Ibuprophen as well... just to see what happens with your particula Continue reading >>
Go Easy On The Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen Etc.
Another study has added to the evidence we already have that suggests that nonsteroidal antinflamatories, the "non-aspirin pain killers" you buy over the counter at the pharmacy are bad for you. The latest study, published in the journal Neurology was hoping to prove that taking these drugs would lower the incidence of dementia. Instead it found the opposite. Here's the study: Risk of dementia and AD with prior exposure to NSAIDs in an elderly community-based cohort. J. C.S. Breitner et al. Neurology 2009, doi:10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181a18691) The researchers "followed 2,736 dementia-free enrollees with extensive prior pharmacy data, following them biennially for up to 12 years to identify dementia and AD." What they found was: Contrary to the hypothesis that NSAIDs protect against AD, pharmacy-defined heavy NSAID users showed increased incidence of dementia and AD, with adjusted hazard ratios of 1.66 (95% confidence interval, 1.24–2.24) and 1.57 (95% confidence interval, 1.10–2.23) This did not surprise me at all, for reasons that were not cited in any discussions of this study. Many people do not realize heavy use of NSAIDs has been linked to high blood pressure and that there appears to be a lifetime dose that dramatically raises the risk of developing end stage kidney disease. I have written about this with appropriate journal citations HERE. One of the studies cited on that page, published in Archives of Internal Medicine , concluded: [Men] who took acetaminophen six or seven days a week had a 34% higher risk of hypertension. Those who took NSAIDs six or seven days a week had a 38% higher risk and those who took aspirin six or seven days a week had a 26% higher risk. High blood pressure is a known cause of vascular dementia, and the older and more fragile people ar Continue reading >>
How Medications Can Impact Type 1 Diabetes Management
When taking medicine, you must always read labeling carefully and be aware of possible side effects. When you have Type 1, you have the added consideration of how it will affect your blood glucose levels as well as any devices that you depend on for your diabetes management. And as with anything you digest, you must know the carb count, administering insulin as needed. Apart from daily medication such as birth control, having a sick-day protocal is always smart for the unexpected bug. This way, you’ll be stocked ahead of time with essentials to ease your mind and decrease additional stress over your care. Here are some must-knows about over-the-counter medication and what it means for your Type 1. Cold Medicine Being sick stresses the body, and when your body’s stressed it releases blood-glucose raising hormones. These hormones can even prevent insulin from properly lowering your levels. Consider the following when taking cold medicine: Opt for pill forms – if possible, pills over syrups are better for their lack of carbohydrates. Check for added sugars – When taking syrups, double-check the labels of over-the-counter brands to make sure they don’t have added sugar. See if there’s a sugar-free option – Though small doses of sugar don’t pose a huge risk, your safest bet is to ask your pharmacist about sugar-free syrups. Check your BGLs frequently – This should be triple the time you typically check. Being sick makes you more susceptible to BGL extremes. Administer insulin accordingly – Medicine, just like food, must be dosed for. Blood Glucose Levels Even without sugar, short-term cold medicines can send your blood glucose levels spinning. Aspirin has been known to lower glucose levels Pseudoepinephrine, the decongestant found in most over-the-counter Continue reading >>
Choosing A Pain Reliever
Choosing Wisely is an initiative by the ABIM Foundation to identify commonly-used tests or procedures whose necessity should be questioned and discussed. This information was developed by Consumer Reports in cooperation with the American Society of Nephrology. If you need a painkiller but suffer from high blood pressure, heart failure, or kidney disease, it’s best to steer clear of some commonly used pain relievers. Those include: Ibuprofen, which is sold under the brand names Advil and Motrin, and also as a generic or store brand. You can buy it without a prescription at the drug store. It’s sometimes combined with other drugs in other over-the-counter products, such as certain cold remedies. Naproxen, sold under the brand name Aleve and as a generic or store brand. It doesn’t need a prescription, either. Celecoxib, a prescription drug sold as Celebrex. All three of those drugs, which are called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can ease pain and inflammation. But they are too risky if you have any of those health problems. Here’s why. They’re bad for high blood pressure. All NSAIDs can cause or worsen high blood pressure. That increases your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. The drugs can also make some blood pressure drugs less effective. That includes diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide (Hydrodiuril and generic), ACE inhibitors such as lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril, and generic) and ARBs such as losartan (Cozaar and generic). They’re bad for the heart and kidneys. Long-term use of NSAIDs can make your body hold onto fluid, which can worsen heart failure symptoms, such as shortness of breath, swollen ankles, and a rapid or irregular heartbeat. They can also reduce kidney function. That makes the drugs risky for people who already Continue reading >>
Ibuprofen is a painkiller available over the counter without a prescription. It's one of a group of painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and can be used to: ease mild to moderate pain – such as toothache, migraine and period pain control a high temperature (fever) – for example, when someone has the flu (influenza) ease pain and inflammation (redness and swelling) caused by conditions that affect the joints, bones and muscles – such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis Types of ibuprofen You can buy most types of ibuprofen from supermarkets, general retail outlets or pharmacies. Some types and pack sizes are only available from pharmacy counters, and some only on prescription. Ibuprofen is available in many forms, including: tablets capsules liquids gels or creams sprays In some products ibuprofen is combined with other ingredients. For example, it's sometimes combined with medicine for a blocked nose (a decongestant) and sold as a cold and flu remedy. Who can take ibuprofen Some people should avoid using ibuprofen and others should use it with caution. If you have any queries about using ibuprofen or any other medicines, speak to your GP or pharmacist, or call NHS 111. You shouldn't take ibuprofen if you: have a history of a strong, unpleasant reaction (hypersensitivity) to aspirin or other NSAIDs currently have or recently had a stomach ulcer, or you have had one in the past have severe liver disease are taking low-dose aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease You should use ibuprofen with caution if you're aged 65 or over, breastfeeding, or have: kidney or liver problems previously had any bleeding in your stomach narrowing of the arteries (peripheral arterial disease) any problems with your heart, such as angina, Continue reading >>
New Fda Warning For Ibuprofen And Naproxen | Diabetic Connect
Next time you pop open a bottle of Advil there will be a new warning label on it. As of July 2015, the FDA has called for strengthened warning labels for the widely used painkillers ibuprofen and naproxen as well as other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It was previously believed that over-the-counter and prescription NSAIDs might cause an increased risk for heart attack or stroke, but mounting evidence is showing that these drugs do increase those risks, especially if you have a previous heart condition or are at a heightened risk for heart disease. The label on NSAIDs currently reads, NSAIDs may cause an increased risk of serious heart thrombotic [clot] events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early in treatment and may increase with duration of use. With the new FDA request for stricter labeling, it will now read, NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious heart thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early in treatment and may increase with duration of use. Although most NSAIDs will be getting this new label, the revised warning does not apply to aspirin, which has actually been shown to lower heart risks for some individuals. The FDA is primarily worried about two groups of people when it comes to the new safety warning: people with existing heart problems or who carry risk factors for heart problems and use NSAIDs on a regular basis, and people with chronic pain problems who use NSAIDs on a regular basis. If you are just a casual user who takes ibuprofen or naproxen for the occasional headache or pain, then you shouldnt have great cause to worry as long as you follow the instructions on the bottle. Common over-the-counter NSAIDs include Continue reading >>
Ibuprofen Can Help Diabetes And Dementia Patients From Growing Old Before Their Time | Daily Mail Online
It already works wonders on pounding headaches. But ibuprofen could also hold the secret to a long and healthy life It already works wonders on pounding headaches. But ibuprofen could also hold the secret to a long and healthy life. In a series of remarkable experiments, the popular painkiller gave ageing mice a new lease of life. Researchers from Newcastle University say it might help people with age-related illnesses such as diabetes and dementia from growing old before their time. While it is unlikely to improve their illness, the inexpensive drug might slow its progression and help prevent them from developing other debilitating conditions. As surprising as this might seem, researcher Thomas von Zglinicki said it is not unusual for a drug that is developed to treat one thing to have other powers. At the heart of Professor von Zglinickis theory is the inflammation that causes pain, swelling and fever we experience when our body is fighting off an infection. This inflammation is also present in a milder but longer-term form in age-related diseases such as diabetes, dementia and arthritis. Using GM mice, the professor showed that far from being a result of ageing, this inflammation helps drive it. Mice with genes that made them particularly prone to inflammation aged twice as quickly as normal animals. Just like people, their hair turned grey and fell out, they lost weight, became unsteady on their feet and had heart problems. They also lived half as long as usual. In a series of remarkable experiments, the popular painkiller gave ageing mice a new lease of life Tests showed that the inflammation triggered a chain of reactions that led to cells going to sleep, rather making new copies needed to help keep the body and its organs young. Treating the mice with ibuprofen Continue reading >>
Should You Be Taking Paracetamol? Painkiller Can Interact With These Common Medications
It's typically used to relieve mild or moderate pain, such as headaches, toothache or sprains, and reduce fevers caused by illnesses such as colds and flu. Paracetamol is often recommended as one of the first treatments for pain, as it's safe for most people to take and side effects from the painkillers are rare. People often question if it is safe to take paracetamol and ibuprofen together, and the NHS recommended it is safe to take both doses at the same time or spaced apart. NHS Choices said: “If you're 16 or over, you may wish to use paracetamol and ibuprofen together to reduce pain and fever. “There are no known harmful interactions between paracetamol and ibuprofen in people over 16.” However, there are some drug combinations which experts warn could react ‘unpredictably’ with other medications. One type of drug - used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes could affect how the drug works. Lixisenatide is used to help reduce blood glucose in people with diabetes, and it is usually injected once a day under the skin. Wed, June 28, 2017 Incredible medical breakthroughs leading to promising new treatments are just around the corner. Take a look at some of the most recent discoveries. NICE, a health watchdog, said: “Lixisenatide possibly reduces the absorption of paracetamol when given one to four hours before paracetamol. Paracetamol could also interact with anti-coagulants Warfarin, a used to prevent blood clots. NICE said: “The anticoagulant effect of coumarins possibly enhanced by prolonged regular use of paracetamol.” A study published by experts in France investigated the link between Warfarin and paracetamol. The research, published in the journal Haematologica said: “Paracetamol at 4 g daily (a dose higher than that used in clinical practice) Continue reading >>
Other Dangerous Drugs For People With Diabetes
A major problem with all drugs is that busy doctors often ignore potentially damaging drug side effects. Often they aren't even aware that these side effects are listed in the drug's official FDA-required label (called the "Prescribing Information" online.). That is because most doctors get their information about drugs from reps sent out by pharmaceutical companies or doctors who are well-compensated by these companies to promote the latest, most expensive drugs to their peers. Unfortunately, all the major drug companies have a long record of suppressing information about damaging side effects of all their drugs. Periodically, one of these drugs will kill or injure enough people that it comes to the attention of the FDA and the media. Even then, the FDA will usually only post an "alert" and will allow the drug to continue to be sold. Busy doctors apparently don't read these alerts, as they continue to prescribe drugs that have generated serious alerts in quantities that result in billions of dollars of drug company revenue each year. Proof that doctors are woefully ignorant of the side effects of even the most heavily prescribed drugs was provided by this study: Physician Response to Patient Reports of Adverse Drug Effects: Implications For Patient-Targeted Adverse Effect Surveillance.Golomb, Beatrice A, et al. Drug Safety. 30(8):669-675, 2007. TIt was a study of a group of patients prescribed a statin drug that verified that doctors ignore patients' reports of even the most significant side effects. As reported, it found that Eighty-seven percent of patients reportedly spoke to their physician about the possible connection between statin use and their symptom....Physicians were reportedly more likely to deny than affirm the possibility of a connection. Rejection of a Continue reading >>
Ibuprofen Effects On Blood Sugar In Diabetics
Diabetes is a complex disease, and keeping your blood sugar in control requires more than just counting carbohydrates. Many outside factors, including over-the-counter medications like Ibuprofen, may have an impact on your glucose levels. Diabetes Drug Interactions Ibuprofen may cause an adverse reaction in a diabetic taking oral medication to control his blood sugar, like Diabinase or Orinase. This can lead to unusually high or low blood sugar readings. General Effect on Blood Sugar Readings Aside from the potential diabetes drug interactions mentioned above, Ibuprofen should not cause blood sugar levels to drop or spike noticeably. Frequency Taking Ibuprofen every once in awhile, even if you have diabetes, is generally considered safe. However, regular or prolonged use of Ibuprofen is where problems occur. Discuss diabetes-friendly alternatives with your doctor if you have an ongoing need for NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Kidney Complications Multiple studies have linked the regular intake of Ibuprofen with increased chance of kidney failure. Since diabetes already increases your risk for kidney complications, Ibuprofen may worsen these odds. Blood Pressure Drug Complications If you have high blood pressure–a common occurrence among diabetics–you should also be aware that Ibuprofen can negate the effects of many blood pressure medications, including many beta blockers, diuretics, and ACE inhibitors. Continue reading >>
Effects Of Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs In Conventional Dosage On Glucose Homeostasis In Patients With Diabetes
Effects of Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs in Conventional Dosage on Glucose Homeostasis in Patients With Diabetes This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Larger-than-conventional doses of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are known to lower plasma glucose levels. This phenomenon has raised the questions whether or not NSAIDs in conventional dosage can be used for the treatment of hyperglycemia in patients who have non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and whether or not NSAIDs added to preexistent hypoglycemic drug therapy taken orally may lead to unanticipated hypoglycemia. In this study we evaluated aspirin, sodium salicylate and ibuprofen given in conventional dosage to hyperglycemic patients with adult-onset (type II) diabetes. Half the patients were usually treated for hyperglycemia by means of diet only and half with diet plus hypoglycemic drugs given orally. Significant changes in plasma glucose levels were not seen after the administration of a combination drug containing aspirin and magnesium-aluminum hydroxide (Ascriptin, 650 mg three times a day; glucose change = 23630 to 23631 mg per dl) or sodium salicylate (600 mg three times a day; glucose change=28476 to 27384 mg per dl). A statistically significant but small change was seen with the administration of ibuprofen (600 mg three times a day; glucose change=19660 to 17947 mg per dl) but not when giving ibuprofen (300 mg three times a day; glucose change=26778 to 28260 mg per dl). The results of this study indicate that conventional doses of NSAIDs should not be used for treating hyperglycemia and that, since the additive hypoglycemic effect of NSAIDs in conventional doses was minimal or negligible, they can be used safely for other purposes in diabetic patients taking hypoglyc Continue reading >>
Why Does Diabetes Cause Headaches?
Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot make enough of the hormone insulin, or cannot use it properly, causing glucose to build up in the blood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes does not usually cause headaches. But, while headaches are not dangerous, they may be an indication of poor blood sugar control in a person with diabetes. Over time, periods of continuous high or low blood sugar can lead to serious and even life-threatening health complications, such as heart disease and kidney failure. This article looks at the connection between diabetes and headaches and suggests ways to relieve diabetes-induced headaches. Contents of this article: Types of headache According to the International Classification of Headache Disorders, published by the International Headache Society, there are over 150 types of headaches. Broadly speaking, headaches can be classified as either primary or secondary: Primary headaches are ones that are not linked to another medical condition. Examples of primary headaches include migraines and tension headaches. Secondary headaches are caused by underlying medical conditions or health issues and include the type of headache often experienced by people with diabetes. Other causes of secondary headaches include: hormone fluctuations infection nerve disorders overuse of medication trauma The pain associated with either primary or secondary headaches can vary in severity and duration. Some people may not experience headaches often, while others can get a headache several days each week. Depending on the type of headache, other symptoms may be present. For example, migraines can be linked with nausea and increased sensitivity to sound or light. Continue reading >>
Ibuprofen And Diabetes?
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today to contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. I'm having a bit of neck and shoulder pain at the moment, it occurs maybe once or twice a year. I get it across my shoulders and sometimes up into the back of my head and down the top of my arms. I went through a barrage of tests with my Doctor a few years ago and we could not find any cause, Doc suspects it may be stress, he might be right Anyhow, Sunday night I had a bad nights sleep, woke at about 2.30am and slept badly for the rest of the night, I could feel the neck pain starting. Guess that's what I get for going to be too early (10.30pm) on Sunday. I was so tired yesterday morning I took a day off work. One of my work colleagues is a Type 1 and said that his wife had been told by a pharmacist that diabetics should not take ibuprofen. I would normally take ibuprofen to get some relief when this pain hits, I'm not a big pill taker (other than the ones I have to take ) but I did find that the ibuprofen worked for me for this pain. Now I'm a little confused, because my colleague was fairly certain that I should avoid ibuprofen, yet I know I saw posts here where people had mentioned using it. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? I try not to take any more pills than necessary, myself. However, I have periodic flare-ups of pain in my shoulder, from constant computer use. The ONLY thing that gives me relief is naproxen (another NSAID like ibuprofen). It's a trade-off to me. I'd rather risk it now and be able to sleep than lose sleep because I'm hurting, which in turn runs up my blood pressure, and eventually, my BG, because of the stress of the pain. I just try to take it at the low Continue reading >>
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Is It Safe To Take Metformin With Ibuprofen?
Home Q & A Questions Is it safe to take Metformin... Is it safe to take Metformin with Ibuprofen? Is it safe will taking a course of metformin to take painkillers such as ibuprofen? My wife is currently on a course of metformin and has bad pains in her teeth with her wisdom tooth. Is it safe to take ibuprofen while still taking metformin? Currently there is not evidence of interaction between metformin and NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen) in the literature. But it doesn't mean that it's absolutely safe to take these two drugs together, better consult your doctor. My husband has been taking Met for years and has never had a problem with pain killers with it. I've been on Metformin for over 4 years and I've taken Ibuprofen many times and never had a problem. I've also taken Excedrin migraine with my Metformin and been fine and also taken Asprin with my Metformin and been fine. I had trouble with Pepto-Bismol though. You're not supposed to take it when your on diabetic type medications.. I tried it anyway and regretted it! I wouldn't take it at the same time... wait 2 or 3 hours. you never know the reactions. Last year I took two pills (the dr. told me it was ok to take them together) well, my head spin around for two days, blood pressure went very low etc etc. I still don't know which pill did this. Right on! I had the same experience! May be a doctor will downplay it as too anecdotal to have any scientific foundation, but the medical establishment is conservative by nature and sometimes they miss out relevant facts.. Perhaps necessarily so, to counter the many unscientific quackeries advanced by people who are more interested in peddling their ware, (even doctors like Dr Oz.) than in scientific truth. Here are the issues, maybe somebody can comment on them. I am a 76. man . I ha Continue reading >>