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    Information about Acarbose

    Acarbose uses

    Acarbose is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is used in addition to diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

    How acarbose works

    Acarbose is an anti-diabetic medication. It inhibits an enzyme that helps in conversion of carbohydrates to glucose. This slows down carbohydrate digestion/absorption thereby preventing increase in blood glucose after meals.

    Common side effects of acarbose

    Skin rash, Flatulence, Abdominal pain, Diarrhea

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    Expert advice for Acarbose

    • Acarbose 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 Acarbose.
    • Acarbose lowers your post-meal blood sugar levels. Therefore, it should be taken just 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.

    Frequently asked questions for Acarbose


    Q. Can the use of Acarbose cause weight loss?

    Use of Acarbose along with exercise and healthy diet can help you in reducing weight.

    Q. Does Acarbose cause hypoglycemia?

    No, Acarbose does not cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). However, low blood sugar can occur if you are taking Acarbose along 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 09 January, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)