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Acarcip 50 Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Acarcip 50 Tablet is used to treat people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It helps lower the blood sugar levels after meals. It belongs to a group of medicines known as alpha-glucosidase inhibitors. This medicine is usually prescribed in combination with other diabetes medications.

Acarcip 50 Tablet should be taken just before a meal or along with the first mouthful of food. The dose and how often you need it will be decided by your doctor so that you get the right amount to control your blood sugar levels. It may be increased gradually. Do not stop taking it without consulting your doctor. If you do, your blood sugar levels may increase and put you at risk of serious complications like kidney damage and blindness.

This medicine is only part of a treatment program that should also include a healthy diet, regular exercise, and weight reduction as advised by your doctor. Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly while taking this medicine.

The most common side effects of this medicine include flatulence (gas), stomach pain, and diarrhea. Please consult your doctor if these bother you or do not go away.

This medicine by itself does not cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels). However, when used in combination with other diabetes medicines (especially insulin or sulphonylureas), it can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels). Such episodes of hypoglycemia should be treated by taking plain glucose. Table sugar or common sugar will not help correct low blood sugar levels if you are taking this medicine.

Before taking it, let your doctor know if you have any kidney or liver problems. Do not take this medicine if you have ulceration or inflammation in the bowel (eg. ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease). Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before taking it. Please tell your doctor about all the other medicines you are taking to make sure you are safe. Avoid excessive alcohol intake while taking this medicine as it may increase the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels).

Uses of Acarcip Tablet

Side effects of Acarcip Tablet

Common
  • Flatulence
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

How to use Acarcip Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Acarcip 50 Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Acarcip Tablet works

Acarcip 50 Tablet is an anti-diabetic medicine. It inhibits the intestinal enzymes responsible for breaking complex sugars into simple sugars such as glucose. This prevents blood glucose levels from rising very high immediately after meals.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Acarcip 50 Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Acarcip 50 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Acarcip 50 Tablet during breastfeeding is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
SAFE
Acarcip 50 Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Acarcip 50 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Acarcip 50 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Acarcip 50 Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Acarcip 50 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Acarcip 50 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Acarcip 50 Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

What if you forget to take Acarcip Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Acarcip 50 Tablet, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Acarcip 50 Tablet is used together with other diabetes medicines to control blood sugar and avoid long-term complications.
  • You should continue to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and take your other diabetes medicines along with Acarcip 50 Tablet.
  • Acarcip 50 Tablet lowers your post-meal blood sugar levels. Therefore, it should be taken before meals.
  • Side effects such as stomach pain, gas, and diarrhea may occur during the first few weeks of treatment but should get better with time.

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Patient Concerns

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Diabetes mellitus type 2 ,thirst
Dr. Sanjay Bhatt
Physician
A person can control his or her sugar levels by doing regular exercise and walk or regular aerobic exercises at least 30 to 45 minutes per day.MEDICAL NUTRITIONAL THERAPY THAT IS TO MAINTAIN CALORIES INTAKE AS PER BMI .TAKE HELP OF DIABETIC EDUCATOR. VISIT YOUR DOCTOR AND FOLLOW ALL WHAT DOCTOR SUGGESTED.IN TIME ALL ROUTINE INVESTIGATIONS SHOULD BE DONE.you should not treat it as disease but a start of a healthy life.Uncontrolled sugar levels for long time leads to lower limb weakness which is neuropathy and which is followed by foot ulcers and other complications like kidney or heart problems .online prescription is not allowed without seeing pt.so contact doctor nearby for any change or dose adjustment or visit my clinic at gurgaon sector 52 RdCity snergy multi speciality clinic near SRS MARKET
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FAQs

Q. Does Acarcip cause hypoglycemia?

Acarcip does not cause hypoglycemia by itself though it has glucose-lowering effect. However, a fall of blood sugar levels in the hypoglycemic range may occur when given along with other antidiabetic medicines or insulin. If this occurs, consult your doctor who may modify your dose accordingly.

Q. Why does Acarcip cause flatulence?

Acarcip blocks the digestion of carbohydrates which causes accumulation of undigested carbohydrates in the colon. Bacterial fermentation of the accumulated carbohydrates causes intestinal gas, leading to flatulence and abdominal pain.

Q. Can Acarcip cause diarrhea?

Yes, diarrhea is a common side effect of Acarcip. However, this does not affect everybody. Any food containing carbohydrates, such as household sugar (cane sugar) can cause diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. If diarrhea persists or becomes severe, then contact your doctor immediately.

Q. When should Acarcip be taken?

Acarcip should be taken with your meals and should be swallowed whole with water or chewed with the first mouthful of food. The initial dose of Acarcip is generally twice daily. The dose is then gradually increased to thrice daily.

Q. What if I forget to take Acarcip?

If you forget to take a dose of Acarcip, do not take the missed dose between meals. Wait for the scheduled dose and meal and continue taking your tablets as prescribed. Do not take the dose twice to make up for your forgotten tablets.

Q. What will happen if more than the recommended dose of Acarcip is taken?

If you take more than the recommended dose of Acarcip then it may cause temporary increase in flatulence (accumulation of gas), diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. It is advised to avoid meals or drinks containing carbohydrates for the next 4-6 hours.

Q. Who should not take Acarcip?

Acarcip should be avoided by patients who are allergic to it, have severe liver disease, or have inflammation or ulceration of intestine (eg Crohn’s disease). The use of Acarcip should also be restricted in patients who have an intestinal obstruction (cramping pain, vomiting, obstipation, and lack of flatus). In addition, patients who have a large hernia or an intestinal disease where food is not digested or absorbed properly should avoid Acarcip. Along with that, Acarcip should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Q. What will happen if more than the recommended dose of Acarcip is taken?

If you take more than the recommended dose of Acarcip then it may cause temporary increase in flatulence (accumulation of gas), diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. It is advised to avoid meals or drinks containing carbohydrates for the next 4-6 hours.

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