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Composition for GLUCOBAY M

Acarbose(25 mg),Metformin(500 mg)

food interaction for GLUCOBAY M

alcohol interaction for GLUCOBAY M

pregnancy interaction for GLUCOBAY M

lactation interaction for GLUCOBAY M

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Taking acarbose with alcohol may affect blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes.
Taking metformin with alcohol may cause lactic acidosis and you may experience malaise, respiratory distress, slow or irregular heartbeat, somnolence, abdominal upset, or other unusual symptoms.
Glucobay m 25 mg/500 mg tablet is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown no adverse effect on the fetus, but there is no human studies or animal studies have shown an adverse effect that was not confirmed in human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Acarbose(25 mg)


Acarbose is used to control  blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Acarbose is sometimes used in combination with insulin or other diabetes medications

How it works

Acarbose belongs to class of medications called Oral hypoglycemics  (alpha-glucosidase inhibitor). Acarbose decreases the digestion and absorption of carbohydrate in the intestine by inhibiting intestinal enzyme (alpha glucosidase) results in reduction of increase in blood glucose level after meal

Common side effects

Nausea, Liver enzyme increased, Jaundice, Abnormal liver function tests, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Indigestion, Stomach pain, Swelling, Vomiting
Metformin(500 mg)


Metformin is an antidiabetic medicine that helps to control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

How it works

Metformin belongs to class of medications called antidiabetics.It decreases the amount of glucose absorbed from the food and the amount ofglucose made by liver. Metformin also increases the body's response to insulin(a natural substance that controls the amount of glucose in the blood).

Common side effects

Flatulence, Muscle pain, Abdominal bloating, Chest pain, Skin rash, Flushing, Abdominal pain, Nail disorder, Diarrhoea, Headache, Indigestion, Bitter taste, Constipation, Allergic reaction, Heartburn


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Expert advice for GLUCOBAY M

  • You should follow the diet prescribed by your doctor to gain the maximum benefit from acarbose tablets.
  • Acarbose should be taken with a little liquid directly before the meal or with the first bite of a main meal, .
  • Acarbose should not be used by pregnant and nursing women, patients with several liver or kidney impairment, chronic intestinal diseases , colon ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, partial intestinal obstruction.

Frequently asked questions for GLUCOBAY M


Q. Is acarbose/Glucobay a protein? 
No, acarbose is not a protein; it is a complex oligosaccharide (sugar). 
Q. Is acarbose safe?
Acarbose is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Does acarbose cause weight fluctuations?
Acarbose when combined with low calorie diet and exercise may cause weight loss. Acarbose generally does not cause weight gain when taken as prescribed. 
Q. Does acarbose cause hypoglycemia?
Acarbose does not cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) if taken as prescribed. However, low blood sugar can occur if you take acarbose with another blood sugar lowering medicine, delay or miss a meal or snack, exercise more than usual or drink alcohol.
Q. How long does acarbose last?
Generally, the effect of acarbose lasts up to 3-5 hours, however it may vary depending on the individual taking the medicine.


Q. Is Metformin a birth control pill/ insulin / statin/ banned drug?
Metformin (also available as glyciphage, glycomet, glycomet SR) is an antidiabetic drug used in treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, particularly in overweight patients, as an adjunct to the diet and exercise.
Q. Is metformin safe?
Metformin is generally safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Can I take metformin forever?
Metformin should be taken at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is metformin good for weight loss / weight loss in non-diabetics?
Metformin is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, particularly in overweight patients. 


Content on this page was last updated on 06 July, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)