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Voglibose is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

How it works

Voglibose 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

Skin rash, Flatulence, Abdominal pain, Diarrhoea

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Expert advice

  • 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 Voglibose.
  • 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



Is voglibose/volixy approved by US FDA?
Voglibose is not approved by US FDA


Is voglibose better than acarbose?
No, voglibose and acarbose have similar overall effects but variation may exist depending on the individuals taking the drug. Always consult your doctor for an alternative drug of choice


Is voglibose safe?
Voglibose is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 27 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)