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Why is this medication prescribed?

Miglitol is used, alone or with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood), particularly in people whose diabetes cannot be controlled by diet alone. It slows the breakdown and absorption of table sugar and other complex sugars in the small intestine. This process results in decreased blood sugar (hypoglycemia) levels following meals.

How to use

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 3 times daily with the first bite of a meal. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse (your blood sugar is too high or too low).

Miglitol Side Effects

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

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain

Miglitol Interactions

Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:

Other medications for diabetes, including insulin

  • Digestive enzymes, including Viokace, Pancreaze, or Ultresa (pancrelipase)
  • Lanoxin (digoxin)
  • Inderal (propranolol)
  • Zantac (ranitidine)
  • Activated charcoal
  • Vitamins

How is this medicine (Miglitol) best taken?

Use miglitol as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with the first bite of each meal.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep taking miglitol as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.

How do I store and/or throw out Miglitol?

Store at room temperature.

Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.

Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.