GENERIC NAME: acarbose
BRAND NAME: Precose
- Precose is used in conjunction with diet and exercise for reducing blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes.
- Precose can be used alone to treat type 2 diabetes or can be combined with sulfonylureas such as glyburide (Diabeta) or metformin (Glucophage) or with insulin.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of Precose are:
There is a rare possibility that these gastrointestinal side effects may become severe and progress to intestinal obstruction caused by paralysis of the intestinal muscles (paralytic ileus).
Possible serious, but rare side effects of Precose include:
- Decreases in hematocrit, calcium or vitamin B6 levels
- Liver failure
- A reduction in number of platelets
- Severe skin reactions
- Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis infection
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