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Acarbose Diabetes Medications

Acarbose Diabetes Medications


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. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take acarbose exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Continue to take acarbose even if you feel well. Do not stop taking acarbose without talking to your doctor.

side effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

Allergic skin reaction. Symptoms may include:

  • rash
  • redness
  • swelling of your skin

Liver problems. Symptoms may include:

  • yellowing of the whites of your eyes or skin
  • stomach swelling
  • pain in the upper right portion of your stomach

Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis. These are gas-filled cysts on the wall of your intestines. They can cause intestinal problems, such as holes, blockage, or bleeding. Symptoms may include:

  • diarrhea
  • mucus discharge
  • rectal bleeding
  • constipation


Before taking acarbose, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: intestine/bowel problems (such as inflammatory bowel disease, blockage, ulcers), kidney problems, liver disease.

You may experience blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness due to extremely low or high blood sugar. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.

Limit alcohol while taking this medication because it can increase your risk of developing low blood sugar.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Drug Interactions: Acarbose

Certain drugs can increase your blood sugar levels and you should be cautious while taking these along with drugs like acarbose that are used to lower blood sugar. Such drugs are thiazide diuretics and loop diuretics, corticosteroids, phenothiazines, thyroid preparations, estrogens (conjugated), progestins, hormonal contraceptives, phenytoin, niacin, sympathomimetics, calcium channel blockers, and isoniazid.

If you are taking intestinal adsorbents, including activated charcoal and digestive enzyme preparations (amylase, pancreatin) to treat digestive problems, be aware that they will tend to decrease the efficiency of acarbose.

Acarbose when taken along with sulfonylureas will exert a greater effect in reducing blood sugar levels.

Acarbse may decrease absorption of digoxin that you might be taking for your cardiac problems. You may require to adjust your dosage in consultation with your healthcare practitioner.

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