Omeprazole and Weight Gain

by on May 16, 2012

Research shows that less than 1% of omeprazole users may experience weight gain as a side effect. The type of weight gain is dependent on the patient and varies from moderate to severe. It may or may not necessitate medical attention. Where medical attention is not warranted, there are several steps the patient themselves can take to combat the weight gain.

In cases where this drug causes weight gain, it’s usually because the patient is allergic or particularly sensitive to the medication. Alternatively the side effect could reflect a separate, serious issue.

Omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid) is sometimes used to treat gout and as an acute gout attack can lead to sudden weight gain, gout sufferers should pay particular attention to their weight whilst taking this medication. Pregnant women who take omeprazole may experience increased bloating, swelling or other weight gain. In the cases of swelling and bloating, this is not actual fat gain but water weight gain and does not require medical attention or drastic lifestyle changes.

Sudden Weight Gain

Cases of sudden weight gain are not very common and should be reported to your health care provider immediately if it does occur.   Such rapid weight gain may indicate a very serious underlying problem.

How to Combat Weight Gain from Omeprazole

Patients who do experience genuine fat gain through using omeprazole may want to consider implementing certain lifestyle changes to combat the increase in weight. Exercising at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes per session and switching to a healthier diet can help reverse weight gain. Weight-loss diets should not only limit the amount of calories consumed but should also include plenty of fruit, vegetables, lean protein and unrefined carbohydrates. In cases where the increase in body fat is very sudden or where the patient is unable to shift the weight despite changes in diet and exercise, he or she should consult their healthcare provider.

Weight gain in omeprazole users is very rare but patients should still be aware that it can happen. Individuals using the medication should drink plenty of water and avoid excessive salt to prevent water retention. They should also live as healthily as possible to prevent an increase in body fat. This is especially the case if the patient is prone to bloating or other types of weight gain.