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Omeprazole and weight gain?

crackon20crackon20 Member, Premium Posts: 5 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5 Member
First...i am not trying to blame the drug. And i understand that only a doctor can provide medical advice.
Just wondering....i have been on omeprazole for Gerd for several months. I have been exercising aerobics and weights for 1.5 months, 5 days week. I eat max 1400 calories per day.
I am at my highest weight ever.
Did anyone experience weight gain, or extreme difficulty losing weight on omeprazole?

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  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 805 Member Member Posts: 805 Member
    crackon20 wrote: »
    Did anyone experience weight gain, or extreme difficulty losing weight on omeprazole?

    Oh yes: I had been pretty much maintaining for two years. I had some weight gain, but was within my maintanance range. Then in summer 2017, I was put on omeprazole and put on over 3 kg in as many months.

    Here are my monthly averages: April 75.02, May 76.66, June 76.83, July 77.76, August 79.04, September 79.42, October 80.11.

    Combine that with then going on sabbatical in autumn 2017 (conferences and isitutional food), plus peri-menopause... I came off the omeprazole after six months or so, but carried on putting on weight until I landed back at my highest weigh last May. I am back at my goal weight now though, at just under 75kg.

  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Member, Premium Posts: 7,634 Member Member, Premium Posts: 7,634 Member
    crackon20 wrote: »
    First...i am not trying to blame the drug. And i understand that only a doctor can provide medical advice.
    Just wondering....i have been on omeprazole for Gerd for several months. I have been exercising aerobics and weights for 1.5 months, 5 days week. I eat max 1400 calories per day.
    I am at my highest weight ever.
    Did anyone experience weight gain, or extreme difficulty losing weight on omeprazole?

    Hi @crackon20
    I’m sorry that you are going through this. I have been on omeprazole but for a limited time to prevent side effects of another drug, I think. Can’t remember the dosage, but I was recovering from surgery, which ups your calorie burn, so my guess is the effects were cancelled out.

    I did a Google search & most of the research seems to be linked to 2-3 year usage.

    I did find that Sudden Weight gain is something to contact dr ASAP.

    https://www.livestrong.com/article/53264-weight-gain-side-effects-omeprazole/
  • MsCzarMsCzar Member Posts: 320 Member Member Posts: 320 Member
    Hmmm. I never thought about it before. I'd taken both ranitidine and omeprazole for years while obese. My acid reflux was so bad that I'd aspirated in my sleep on several occasions. Then last May, I committed to calorie deficit, greatly reduced sugar intake, dropped 70 lbs and stopped eating after 6PM. Almost like magic - no more GERD. I haven't taken an AR medication since last summer other than a daily1000mg calcium carbonate chewable tablet.
  • crackon20crackon20 Member, Premium Posts: 5 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5 Member
    Thanks everyone. Great feedback. I hope with warmer weather i can be more naturally active during the day. Today i weeded!
  • claireychn074claireychn074 Member, Premium Posts: 457 Member Member, Premium Posts: 457 Member
    I’ve been on omeprazole for nearly 7 years and I haven’t noticed any weight gain. I would say that I can now eat a much wider range of foods, including fats and veggies, which could certainly make me gain weight if I wasn’t tracking (ie less pain so I can now eat better). Before omeprazole I had to restrict quite a few things from my diet, whereas now I can scoff cashew nuts, cheese, chocolate, oranges and gin with joy 😀 but not onions. Still cannot handle onions for some reason.
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