Acarbose is an anti-diabetic drug used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus and, in some countries, prediabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs called alpha-glucosidase inhibitors which also includes miglitol. It mainly influences the level of blood sugar after eating. This decreases the amount of sugar that passes into the blood after a meal and prevents periods of hyperglycemia. Acarbose also has important implications for the ageing process. Acarbose comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is an inhibitor of alpha glucosidase, an enteric enzyme that releases glucose from larger carbohydrates. Acarbose delays the digestion of carbohydrates (forms of sugar) in the body. This decreases the amount of sugar that passes into the blood after a meal and prevents periods of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Acarbose may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Acarbose comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken three times a day. It is very important to take each dose with the first bite of each main meal. Acarbose may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Acarbose lowers your blood sugar by preventing the breakdown of starch into sugar. It may be used alone or in combination with another type of oral diabetes medicine called a sulfonylurea.
Side Effects of Acarbose
The following side effects of Acarbose may includes:
Warnings and precautions before taking Acarbose
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