Precose (acarbose)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: acarbose

BRAND NAME: Precose

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC: Yes

USES:

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
  • Ileus
  • A reduction in number of platelets
  • Severe skin reactions
  • Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis infection
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2016

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