miglitol, Glyset (cont.)

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Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

If mild to moderate hypoglycemia occurs while taking miglitol in combination with a sulfonylurea, oral glucose (dextrose) should be used for treatment instead of sucrose (table sugar). Since miglitol blocks the digestion of sucrose to glucose, hypoglycemia will not be rapidly corrected if sucrose is given. Miglitol alone does not produce hypoglycemia.

PREGNANCY: There are no safety and efficacy studies in humans. Insulin therapy is recommended during pregnancy.

NURSING MOTHERS: Miglitol is excreted in human breast milk in small amounts. Drug exposure to the infant is expected although in small amounts. Miglitol is not recommended for nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of miglitol are abdominal pain, diarrhea and flatulence. Rare but possible side effects include low serum iron and skin rash.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/6/2013

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