Information about Acarbose

    Acarbose uses

    Acarbose is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

    How acarbose works

    Acarbose is active in the small intestine, where it inhibits enzymes which are responsible for the breakdown of complex sugar into simple sugars such as glucose. Which thereby slows the digestion of sugar in the intestines and primarily lowers the post-meal rise in blood sugar levels.

    Common side effects of acarbose

    Skin rash, Flatulence, Abdominal pain, Diarrhoea

    Available Medicine for Acarbose

    • ₹70 to ₹123
      Bayer Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹67 to ₹131
      Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹46 to ₹87
      Bal Pharma Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹68
      Micro Labs Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹39 to ₹84
      Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹117
      Knoll Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹115
      Biochem Pharmaceutical Industries
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹79
      Pulse Pharmaceuticals
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹31
      Elder Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹99
      Mova Pharmaceutical Pvt Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Acarbose

    • It is very common to have flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhoea as a side effect. To prevent this it should be taken just before each meal.
    • It may cause low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) if used with sulfonylureas.
    • You should avoid using bile acid resins and antacids with Acarbose.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with chronic intestinal disorders, hernias, intestinal obstruction and intestinal ulcers.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver disease. Dose of your medicine may need to be adjusted.

    Frequently asked questions for Acarbose


    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
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    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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 08 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)