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Glucobay 50 Tablet

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Product introduction

Glucobay 50 Tablet is used to treat people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It helps lower 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.

Glucobay 50 Tablet should be taken just before or along with the first few bites of the meal. 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.

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

Glucobay 50 Tablet 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).

Benefits of Glucobay Tablet

In Treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Glucobay 50 Tablet is a medicine that helps to control high blood glucose (sugar) levels when given in combination with other anti-diabetics. It works by slowing down the digestion and absorption of glucose (carbohydrates) from your digestive tract, thereby decreasing the rise in blood glucose levels immediately after meals.

Lowering blood glucose levels is an essential part of managing diabetes and reduces the risk of getting serious complications of diabetes such as kidney or eye damage, nerve problems and loss of limbs.

This medicine will also reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease if you have type 2 diabetes and already have cardiovascular disease. Taking this medicine regularly along with proper diet and exercise will help you live a normal, healthy life.

Side effects of Glucobay Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Glucobay

  • Flatulence
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

How to use Glucobay 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. Glucobay 50 Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Glucobay Tablet works

Glucobay 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 Glucobay 50 Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Glucobay 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.
Breast feeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Glucobay 50 Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether Glucobay 50 Tablet alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
CAUTION
Glucobay 50 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Glucobay 50 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Glucobay 50 Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Glucobay 50 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Glucobay 50 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Glucobay 50 Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

What if you forget to take Glucobay Tablet?

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

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Quick tips

  • Along with your regular doctor visit, you might also need regular check-ups with an eye clinic and a foot clinic as well.
  • Your doctor will also advise you to test for sugar in your blood using a home diabetes test kit regularly to check that your sugar level is being controlled.
  • Along with a healthy diet, indulge in light exercises regularly and quit smoking and drinking.
  • If you feel excessively thirsty, pass urine more frequently, and get tired easily, then let your doctor know. These are the signs of very high sugar levels in your blood and your treatment may need adjusting.
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) may occur if Glucobay 50 Tablet is taken along with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol, or on delaying/skipping a meal. Check your blood sugar levels and have a snack/sugar source for immediate relief.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Aminocyclitol glycosides
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
ANTI DIABETIC
Action Class
Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors

Interaction with drugs

Taking Glucobay with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient concerns

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IM DIABETIC type 2 patient my sugar level high fasting around 175-200 and post lunch 225-288 I am taking GLIMISAVE2mg tragent5 mg morning afternoon Glucobay 50 mg and evening Glimisave 2 mg Glucobay 50 and at night lantus 30 units
Dr. Sanjay Bhatt
Physician
Your sugar control is poor .so you need to consult doctor nearby or visit our clinic at sector 50 gurgaon snergy multi speciality clinic near SRS MARKET. A person can control sugar levels by proper exercises and diet .And do all time to time investigation to avoid diabetic complications
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 Glucobay 50 Tablet cause hypoglycemia?

Glucobay 50 Tablet does not cause hypoglycemia by itself though it has a 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 Glucobay 50 Tablet cause flatulence?

Glucobay 50 Tablet blocks the digestion of carbohydrates which causes the accumulation of undigested carbohydrates in the colon. Bacterial fermentation of the accumulated carbohydrates causes intestinal gas, leading to flatulence and abdominal pain.

Q. Can Glucobay 50 Tablet cause diarrhea?

Yes, diarrhea is a common side effect of Glucobay 50 Tablet. 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 Glucobay 50 Tablet be taken?

Glucobay 50 Tablet 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 Glucobay 50 Tablet is generally twice daily. The dose is then gradually increased to thrice daily.

Q. What if I forget to take Glucobay 50 Tablet?

If you forget to take a dose of Glucobay 50 Tablet, 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 Glucobay 50 Tablet is taken?

If you take more than the recommended dose of Glucobay 50 Tablet 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 Glucobay 50 Tablet?

Glucobay 50 Tablet 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 Glucobay 50 Tablet 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 Glucobay 50 Tablet. Along with that, Glucobay 50 Tablet should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Q. What will happen if more than the recommended dose of Glucobay 50 Tablet is taken?

If you take more than the recommended dose of Glucobay 50 Tablet 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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Country of origin: India
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