NSAIDS and other meds for diabetes

By allie&tim Latest Reply 2014-08-18 08:28:03 -0500
Started 2014-08-16 23:03:46 -0500

Hello! My husband is a type 1 and had been for a few years. He's slowly making lifestyle changes and his sugars and a1c are improved, but until I read the warning label on NSAIDS I didn't know how harmful they could be. I have rx nsaids for an injury and my husband has an old shoulder and knee injury. He had been taking ibuprofen and such. I'm worried he'll be tempted to use my voltaren gel to help with his joint pain. I'm aware of the potential ulcer issue, but could anyone else tell me how this could harm him? We can't get him to an orthopedic for a couple weeks and he won't listen to me unless I can make a good argument about why he shouldn't use these things. I've tried googling answers and sent a message to his doctor but never heard back about whether or not he should use nsaids (whether otc or rx). Help please. :) Thank you!

4 replies

wraithmb 2014-08-18 08:28:03 -0500 Report

I have used several different NSAIDs without any problems, however even with Tylenol, I notice that my low blood sugar symptoms are a lot harder to notice. That's the reason I avoid painkillers unless they are absolutely necessary.

With that said, I advise caution to anyone taking any medication. It's best to speak with your doctor if you are unsure about anything. :-)

allie&tim 2014-08-17 10:34:57 -0500 Report

He's taken advil before with out negative effects and I've told his doctor he takes this on occasion and we weren't told he couldn't, but other diabetic family members and friends have told us he should only be taking Tylenol and nsaids could cause harm or interfere with his insulin. I was just curious if others have taken nsaids and been okay or if they should be completely off limits. He never takes more than a recommended dose of anything and only takes any pain medicine when he really feels he needs it.

GabbyPA 2014-08-17 10:25:06 -0500 Report

Like any drug, if used properly they do have benefits. If abused, even non-narcotics, can be harmful. What exactly are you afraid they are going to do to him? Has he show issues with the side effects of them previously?

jayabee52 2014-08-17 03:22:16 -0500 Report

Howdy Allie
Yes you are correct NSAIDs can be dangerous. However many people use them regularly without incident.

I had something happen to me because I was taking a new medication called Aggrenox which had aspirin as one of the components. After about 2 or 3 mo I started a bleeding ulcer in my duodenem. The aggrenox was immediately DC'd but not before I ended up in the hospital for 4 days. You can read my writeup about it Here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...

I pray your hubby is not one who is affected by these medications