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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. Voglibose 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

  • Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with a proper diet alone or a diet along with exercise. A planned diet and exercising are always important when you have diabetes, even when you are taking antidiabetic medicines. 
  • Voglibose is administered orally and should be chewed with the first mouthful of food, or swallowed whole with a little liquid directly before the meal.
  • Voglibose does not help patients who have type 1 diabetes.
  • Notify your doctor if you are or are planning to become pregnant.

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 22 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)