acarbose, Precose (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Acarbose is used in conjunction with diet and exercise for reducing blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Acarbose 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 acarbose are:

There is a rare possibility that these gastrointestinal side effects may become severe and progress to paralytic ileus.

Other possible but rare side effects include

  • an increase in liver enzymes, and
  • decreases in hematocrit, calcium or vitamin B6 levels.
  • Liver failure,
  • severe skin reactions, and
  • pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis infection.



PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 25, 50 and 100 mg.

STORAGE: Acarbose should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C(59 F -86 F) in a tight container.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/7/2015

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