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Acarbose Weight Loss

Acarbose Weight Loss

What Is Acarbose (Precose)?

Acarbose is the generic form of the brand-name drug Precose, a prescription drug used to help control blood-sugar levels in people who have type 2 diabetes.

If you have type 2 diabetes, your body doesn't make or use the hormone insulin normally, so it can't control the amount of sugar, or glucose, in the blood.

Acarbose is an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, a type of drug that helps control glucose levels by slowing your body's digestion of carbohydrates (starches and sugars) in food.

The medicine is used along with diet and exercise, and is sometimes combined with other drugs.

Taking acarbose, along with adopting a healthy lifestyle, can decrease your risk of developing the serious or life-threatening complications of type 2 diabetes.

These may include cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, and problems related to blood circulation; nerve damage; kidney disease; or eye conditions.

Acarbose Dosage

Acarbose Overdose

If you suspect an overdose, you should contact a poison-control center or emergency room immediately.

Missed Dose of Acarbose

If you miss a dose of acarbose, take it as soon as you remember.

If you plan on having a snack soon, take your dose with the snack.

If it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your regular dosing schedule. Don't double up on doses.

Acarbose Interactions

Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially the enzymes listed in the Warning section or any of the following:

Any medications you take for diabetes and blood-sugar control

  • Digoxin (Lanoxin)
  • Diuretics (water pills)
  • Estrogens
  • Isoniazid
  • Medicines for high blood pressure or colds
  • Medications to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Phenytoin (Dilantin)
  • Thyroid medications
  • Niacin
  • Nicotine patches or gum
  • Steroids
  • Diet pills
  • Vitamins

Side Effects

Major & minor side effects for Acarbose 25 MG Tablet

  • Yellow colored eyes or skin
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea or Vomiting

Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:

  • Mild stomach pain, gas, or bloating
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Mild itching or skin rash



Documented hypersensitivity to acarbose

Diabetic ketoacidosis, cirrhosis, inflammatory bowel disease, colonic ulceration, partial intestinal obstruction or predisposed to intestinal obstruction, known marked absorptive impairment of GI

Conditions that may deteriorate as result of increased gas formation in GI tract


No clinical studies exist establishing conclusive evidence of macrovascular risk reduction with acarbose or any other anti-diabetic drug

Concurrent use with sulfonylureas or insulin may result in hypoglycemia; treat hypoglycemia with oral glucose (dextrose), not sucrose (cane sugar)

Monitoring glycemic control with 1,5-AG assay is not recommended; measurements of 1,5-AG are unreliable in assessing glycemic control in patients taking acarbose; use alternate methods to monitor for glycemic control

Patients that are exposed to stress such as fever, trauma, infection, or surgery, may result in temporary loss of control of blood glucose; temporary insulin therapy may be necessary.

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