Allergic to diabetic medicine

Blue Angel
By Blue Angel Latest Reply 2010-03-09 01:18:46 -0600
Started 2010-01-11 12:35:30 -0600

Can you be allergic to the meds for diabetes? Istarted having earaches right after I started taking glyburide 5mg tabs once a day. Doctor says no, but I stop taking them to see no problem but again I was using ear drops the doctor prescribe for me. then I started taking diabetic meds again I had problem with my ears again. Doctor says that my ears are narrow and dont let water in them. I don't know Im think I'm allergic. What do you think? Have anyone had prombles with meds for diabetics?

47 replies

phoenix2258 2010-03-09 01:18:46 -0600 Report

Yes!! YES!!!! I had an allergic reaction to Levemir (a synthetic insulin) and the doc told me it was actually a preservative used in the insulin that caused my allergic reactions. I got rashes, itching, felt sick/nauseaus when I took it and developed some very ugly sores from injection sites because of it. If your doctor doesn't listen to you when you complain of something you feel is wrong, get a new doctor! You know your body better than anyone. So if you feel something is wrong and a doctor is not willing to contemplate the possibility that you may be right, I would find another doctor.They are only human too, and can sometimes be wrong.

Sam Stokes
Sam Stokes 2010-01-22 09:45:44 -0600 Report

I am allergic to both Avandia and Crestor , my Doc told me that the suppliments were doing fair according to my blood work so thank God i'm off of the Crestor like meds , and because I am sensitive to other meds I'm always trying to aid my body in countering this t2 diabetes.

magicmark 2010-01-11 21:48:04 -0600 Report

My doctor started me on Metformin 2 1/2 years ago and
all of a sudden after 1 1/2 years of taking the Metformin
if I got a cut or bump on my leg or body the sore would not heal 100 percent. I started to think after a while that it was the Metformin. I stopped taking the Metformin 6 months ago and now any past sore or present sore has begun to heal better than before. I have started to take lithium for bipolarism this month, however, I think the Metformin was causing me problems. Anyone else have a similar situation?

Deb-G 2010-01-15 10:03:58 -0600 Report

Metformin is widely used but A LOT of people react to it… 1 out of every 20 people cant take it…that adds up to be quite a few people and a not easily accepted medication…

Read all the info on any drug you pick up…you may find interactions that even the pharmacist doesn't flag… :)

donna13 2010-01-15 10:31:41 -0600 Report

I've been on Metformin for a couple of years and have had no problem, so far. My dil is on it and has to take it with meals otherwise it makes her ill. Since my directions were to take it before meals, does taking it with meals make it less effective?

Harlen 2010-01-11 20:26:23 -0600 Report

I didnt handle the pills well at all but insulin has worked well for me thank god
I hope you get it worked out

spiritwalker 2010-01-11 18:43:50 -0600 Report

Yes ,you can be allergic to diabetes meds. I ended up on insulin because I had various reactions to about 10-12 oral
meds. My Dr. gave up and put me on Insulin. You know your
body better than anyone else. Stand up for yourself with your Dr.
You might want to check with your pharmacy and see if the
ear drops ans other meds might be causing a bad drug interaction.

magicmark 2010-01-15 01:45:46 -0600 Report

what kind of reactions to oral meds did you have? did
your skin itch or swell? Did you get sick to your stomach? I find this interesting because a former diabetic
friend and medical researcher made a comment to me saying " there doesn't appear to be very many oral medications that are effective and side effect free in treating diabetes."

donna13 2010-01-11 16:34:01 -0600 Report

I was listening to the radio one day and one of the women was talking about having a reaction to a med she was taking. The doctor took her off of it and she asked him if was going to report it to the drug company. He told her it wouldn't do any good. According to him, the drug companies, by law, have to keep track of all side effects while they are testing the drugs. After they are approved, they are not required to report any side effects that come up. So they don't.

dietcherry 2010-01-11 18:22:02 -0600 Report

WOW! frightening! Although, usually I'm complaining that the FDA takes too long to approve drugs/treatments; other countries beat us to so much. Catch-22's abound. :)

kdroberts 2010-01-11 18:32:07 -0600 Report

Actually, that's not true. Anyone is able to report a drug side effect to either the manufacturer or the FDA. If you report it to the manufacturer they have to report it to the FDA so either way the FDA gets the report. You will have to fill out paperwork so there is a paper trail that you can track. It's not just medication side effects either, if you have a problem with anything that is FDA approved (syringe, insulin pen, etc) then any issue you report to the manufacturer gets reported to the FDA.

I had a problem with an Apidra SoloStar pen in September and emailed the manufacturer my issue and questioned a few things about it. It was a sample so I just tossed it and thought no more about it. 2 days later they called me and asked me a lot of questions. A week later a package arrived at my door with a questionnaire and packaging for a return. The next 3 days FedEx turned up asking for the return package even after being told there was none. Just last week I got another questionnaire in the mail.

I don't know what the FDA does with all this info but it's pretty common for the official side effect list of drugs to grow once they have been on the market for a while and people have been reporting side effects.

AddassaMari 2010-01-11 19:00:25 -0600 Report

The person is correct donna13. Unless the drug approval was a conditional approval requiring some form of follow up. The manufacturer has discretionary reporting. They can and do decide which effects they will or won't report to the FDA.

Often the side effects are already known by the manufacture as well as the FDA and are classified as minor/nuisance side effects. In other words the number and frequency of a particular side effect was very small when compared to the whole test sample.

The only way to get concrete action from the manufacture and or the FDA is for these minor side effects to be affecting a larger number of people that originally thought. The reality of the side effects must out weigh the clinical trial results. And the complaints should be lodged with both parties.

A FDA complaint generates a complaint form to the manufacturer and they have a set amount of time in which to respond.

Often they will site the fact that that side effects was documented in the original report at the time of approval.

The FDA will take action/review a drug report if sufficient complaints are lodged, not just by patients but also by medical practitioners, because they need pathological evidence of the side effects.

Deb-G 2010-01-11 19:51:19 -0600 Report

As seen with medications like Byetta also the "newly released" medications still have many many unknown side effects…Its best to stay with well known drugs and not be the ones testing the newly released stuff…then your part of that side effect test group…Granted sometimes there's no choice…Its all that is available and sometimes choices are limited…

Keep in mind its just as important to discuss drug choices with your doctor…why are they chosing that one? why that mix? why the newly released and not the old reliable? what can you expect? etc etc etc…The choice is also YOURS :)

We grew up in a generation of people that never dreamed of questioning a doctors decision or reasoning…well..times have changed and you really really need to…Ask about everything…The office visit costs enough…get your money's worth lol..they honestly appreciate people that are aware of their own health care needs and I find myself it allows me to get the attention to my case that is sometimes needed…If you ask nothing the appointment is not beneficial…ask everything :)

(((hugs))) and stay healthy

AddassaMari 2010-01-11 20:03:42 -0600 Report

Can I add one thing to what you said Deb?

When you ask questions, repeat the answer back to the medical person the way YOU understand the answer, That way if you don't "get it", he/she can rephrase or clarify the answer. Like Deb said, you are paying for the time, might as well get your money's worth.

Thanks Deb for letting me but in. You are so right, asking questions forces the provider to actually focus on YOU and not your chart.

Deb-G 2010-01-11 20:49:35 -0600 Report

Its never a but in…just an addition and its very much welcomed…

We gotta stick together! :)

I have a Hematologist that nearly killed me twice because he refused to listen to me regarding a contraindication to one treatment because of another condition I have…I had to advocate my way because he kept telling me there was nothing scientific backing up what i'm saying happened…yet I KNEW what happened to me based on very familiar symptoms…Sometimes they just dont listen, or have tunnel vision for the "norm"…i'm obviously not the norm…I am ME!…Needless to say he is NOT my Hematologist any longer…and he was wrong…almost dead wrong…

So be firm in your beliefs :)

AddassaMari 2010-01-12 10:17:18 -0600 Report

Whew, that was too close for comfort. We really do have to insist that our medical practitioners treat the whole person, and not just the presentations of a medical condition. Goes to show that sometimes doctors trust the therapy more than they trust the patients response to the treatment.

BTW, I hope you filed a complaint with the appropriate party.

holisticdebra 2010-01-11 19:12:18 -0600 Report

the FDA collects info to release to the public on clinical trials that companies r suppose to before the meds r released for use, the sad thing is the clinical trials r done on healthy people between the ages of 25 and 35. so u know if these meds make healthy individuals sick, people that r already sick will more than likely get the side effects as r bodies r not working right any how. that s y the list grows after the meds have been released as doctors r suppose to report any severe side affects. I do not trust the FDA as far as I can throw them. FDA stands for food to make u sick and drugs to make u sicker association. Just my personal opinion.

Deb-G 2010-01-11 15:21:04 -0600 Report

Severe adverse reaction to glyberide does include increased risk of infection…and it says you should call a doctor if you have lingering ear or sinus pain…

There are also life threatening side effects being noticed when mixed treatment with metformin…

Trust yourself…If the feeling is abnormal to you insist you are having some reaction to it…They can change things…you wouldn't be the 1st or the last to have an allergy to it and sometimes Dr's just like to poo poo it then have to change things up…

I guess i'm probably pessimistic about Dr's care sometimes…but..they have hundreds of patients and until you have a SEVERE reaction they tend to brush things off…If it feels wrong to you, its probably wrong…This is what i've found in my own care…

Ask them to try something else :)

dietcherry 2010-01-11 15:40:04 -0600 Report

Great advice, Deb-G! :)

salmanda 2010-01-11 18:19:12 -0600 Report

Yes Deb…great advice. We all need be our own advocate!

holisticdebra 2010-01-11 19:00:45 -0600 Report

the severe reaction is the meds trying to make ur body change, ur body is very smart it knows when u r being poisoned.

dietcherry 2010-01-11 21:00:46 -0600 Report

Hey Debra! I have a question: Why do some of us have the reactions when others don't? I want to share with you what an Endo told me years ago (and I've had many). He said that being T1, I actually have super immunity, meaning my immune system is hyper sensitive and would explain it turning on my insulin-producing cells, and also my various allergies. Now, I'm just repeating what he said, not even pretending to know if this makes sense! But no other Endo has said this to me. Has anyone heard this before? :)

Deb-G 2010-01-11 21:18:29 -0600 Report

I honestly think they are finding out that no two of us are alike and they cant generalize any part of what makes each of us tick…I think there are varying degrees to all aspects of this desease and we all have to find our own pieces…Just like no two of us react the same to even certain foods!…Some things make one of us spike and barely effect another…We have to experiement with foods and test our blood to see the reactions etc…avoid the things that make us spike individually…

I really wish Diabetes would get the attention some of the other deseases have right now…Now dont get me wrong…things like pink and breast cancer are a HUGE need…but diabetes is still so misunderstood and so complex…it needs so much more attention…it spares few and affects many…

what was the question? lol…

Oh yeah…i actually have heard that…but dont believe that to be true of everyone…

Hope your doing well Renee :) No Lows! :)

dietcherry 2010-01-11 21:46:15 -0600 Report

I am well, Deb, hope you are, too! Well, we are such a cash cow for the pharmaceutical companies why would they want to develop a cure! I know the answer is right in front of us but for whatever reason it just hasn't been revealed. One day, we will all look back and laugh at what was once a mystery! And if not in my lifetime, I will be laughing in Heaven! :)

kdroberts 2010-01-11 13:02:31 -0600 Report

It's possible that you are getting a rare side effect but the class of drugs that glyburide is in can cause problems for people allergic to sulfa.

AddassaMari 2010-01-11 17:52:38 -0600 Report

I am deathly allergic to sulfa based drugs, but have had no problems taking glyburide. Allergic reactions are very subjective and any combinations of things can trigger them.

dietcherry 2010-01-11 12:49:33 -0600 Report

Hmmm. This is something I've never heard of but is interesting. Can't always take the Dr.s word for things. I have lots of allergies across the board and have found out from my Allergist that I actually am allergic to things after the prescribing Dr. has said No Way. You can also have a sensitivity but not a full-blown allergy. Renee :)

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-01-11 12:58:50 -0600 Report

Yes I am too. Allergic to everthing from meds to fruit & vegs I also get injections weekly.

donna13 2010-01-11 13:09:51 -0600 Report

I started noticing that I was losing an awful lot of hair after being put on bladder control med. I called my doctor and she looked into it and said there was no indications about this problem. I looked on line myself, and nothing was said about losing hair. When I started to get noticeably bald I quit taking the med. Within 2 or 3 days of stopping it my hair loss slowed down considerably. I talked to my doctor and she said obviously it was the meds doing it but she had nothing else to prescribe. The next time I had an appointment she said 3 or 4 other patients had the same experience. But now she could tell them to stop the meds. At least my doctor does listen to me and takes my complaints seriously. But if the drug companies have not listed the side effects, the doctors are in the dark as much as we are. By the way, the hair all grew back, and was even curly for a couple of months.

salmanda 2010-01-11 18:16:31 -0600 Report

You could report your hair loss to the FDA and mention that your doctor also had other patients with the same reaction. I believe they do keep track of the reports. I also believe that doctors are supposed to report, legally, any side effects not previously know.
Glad your hair is back…I have very thin hair, and I know it is meds causing some of it, but I can't go off them. Some of it is also hereditary. My mom and grandmother both has very thin hair.

dietcherry 2010-01-11 18:17:50 -0600 Report

Blue Angel, did you start discovering your allergies before or after you were diagnosed with diabetes? I have often heard that some researchers believe T1 may develop due to an allergy to cow's milk given before the 1st birthday. Don't know if any tie to T2. I wasn't allergic to anything until after my T1 diagnosis at 13; now, it seems every year another allergy pops up! Has anyone else heard anything suggesting diabetes makes you more susceptible to allergies or visa versa? :)

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-01-11 21:16:09 -0600 Report

I have been allergic to all fresh fruit & vegatables But could eat some cooked ones. Medicines came later I started having bad back pains and found out I had spinal Bifida & born with a disc missing in my back. Then the meds came in.Now I have to be careful and carry an epi pen with me. I can not eat cooked anymore. and allergic to all Nsaid drugs as well of alot of other meds & Foods. So, yes I was already allergic before I became diabetic.

dietcherry 2010-01-11 21:31:11 -0600 Report

My heart goes out to you, Blue Angel. I think food allergies are the worst allergies of all, especially when they prohibit you from the good stuff. I was recently diagnosed with Celiac-my Dad said Well, you already have a restricted diet, so you just restrict it a little more. It's hard, though-eating is a pleasure I always took as my birthright. So, we adjust. Renee :)

holisticdebra 2010-01-13 15:01:13 -0600 Report

did u have allergies when u were born? does ur mother or father have allergies? If they do that was passed on at birth as u lived in that toxicity for 9 months of ur life. we don't realize the poisons we pass on thru birth, but it is there and it is real. have u tried 100% organic foods as it does make a difference.

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-01-15 14:47:13 -0600 Report motherWas allergic to peaches. My allergist told me if she was still alive she would be allergic to more things. It comes from a family member like a mother or father. Since my dad is not allergic to anything it was my mother. Now My 8 year old my be allergic to lemons so now I need to get her tested to be sure. So Yes.

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-01-15 14:49:46 -0600 Report

Oh, by the way it doesen't matter they both are the same it was what I was told(organic).Thanks for asking.

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