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About Acarbose

Acarbose is known as a glucosidase inhibitor and is effective in impeding the enzyme that turns carbohydrates into glucose. Acarbose is helpful for patients with type II diabetes as it helps lower their blood sugar levels.



Your Prescribing Doctor Must Know

Tell your physician if you have experienced any of these conditions for Acarbose:
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Stomach or bowel disease or obstruction
  • Hiatal hernia
  • An unusual or abnormal reaction to acarbose, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Breastfeeding

If you are pregnant, breast feeding or currently trying to become pregnant, make sure your doctor is aware of your maternal condition; as Acarbose may not be recommended for certain situations.

Administering Acarbose

It is important that you leave regular intervals between every dose of medication. Doing so will help the efficiency of this drug. Every prescription comes with instructions on the reverse side of each bottle or packaging. It is important that you follow the written instructions carefully as not all of them are identical.

Acarbose tablets should be taken orally at the beginning of a main meal preferably with a glass of water. Always remember to take Acarbose at regular intervals. In the event you take charcoal or digestive enzyme preparations, be sure to leave 4 hours between your next dosage of Acarbose. Remember, when taking Acarbose or any prescription drug to always follow the label closely. Be sure to space your doses evenly and do not take more than directed.

Acarbose should only be taken as instructed by a professional physician. Be sure to remember not to stop taking this medicine without consulting your physician first about how to stop safely. If you are researching this medication for your child, keep in mind that children often have special dosage instructions. Ask your physician about these differences prior to starting this medication if this is the case.

What if I Miss a Dose of Acarbose

In the event that a dose of Acarbose was missed, take one as soon as you can. But if your next scheduled dose is near, wait until that next dose is due and just skip the one you’ve already missed.

Caution: You should NEVER take double or extra doses of Acarbose. Always ask your physician further about missed doses, as he may have special instructions.

Conflicting Medications

Always consult the doctor who prescribed Acarbose to you; as this is only a partial interacting medicines list:
  • Pentamidine
  • Isoniazid
  • Niacin
  • Male hormones or anabolic steroids
  • Water pills
  • Neomycin
  • Female hormones such as estrogens, progestins or contraceptive pills
  • Charcoal
  • Some herbal dietary supplements
  • Warfarin
  • Medications to suppress appetite or for weight loss
  • Medicines for allergies, colds or cough
  • Beta blockers that are often used for high blood pressure or heart problems such as atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol
  • Chromium
  • Phenytoin
  • Cholestyramine
  • Colestipol
  • Digoxin
  • Acetaminophen
  • Beverages containing alcohol
  • Other diabetic medications
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Pancrelipase, pancreatin, amylase, or other digestive enzyme supplements
  • Steroid medicines such as prednisone or cortisone
It is important that your physician knows if you are currently taking any medications along with Acarbose; as there may be conflicting interaction. Let your physician know if you:
  • Are a smoker
  • Use any other legal or illegal drugs or substances
  • Consume alcohol or caffeine on a regular basis

All of the activities listed above could affect the results you see from taking Acarbose.

Acarbose Common side effects

The following are side effects known to be common of Acarbose and they are experienced by users. These are common, side effects but if you feel uneasy or they persist do not hesitate to contact your physician.

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloated feeling
  • Stomach or intestinal gas or rumbling stomach
  • Stomach pain or discomfort

None of the above listed side effects require immediate medical attention. If you continue to experience these Common side effects for a few days, consult your prescribing physician for more advice. It is very important that you do not try to treat these symptoms on your own. Note: that elderly patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing side effects.

Acarbose Least Common side effects

The following side effects are rare and should not be taken lightly. If you experience any of these less common side effects from taking Acarbose consult your healthcare professional immediately. The following are less common side effects associated with Acarbose:

  • Weight loss
  • Skin rash or itching
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark or brown color to urine or loss of appetite
  • Unusual fatigue
  • If combined with other diabetic medications such as glyburide, glipizide, metformin, or insulin, Acarbose might cause symptoms of low blood sugar. If you have symptoms of low blood sugar which could include confusion, anxiety or nervousness, difficulty concentrating, nausea, pale skin, hunger, sweating, fatigue, headache, palpitations, tremors, numbness of the mouth, tingling in the fingers, muscle weakness, uncontrolled yawning, cold sensations, blurred vision, shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat, irritability and loss of consciousness seek immediate medical attention

It is important that you contact your physician right away if you've experienced any of the Less Common side effects listed above.

Acarbose Precautions

You should receive physical checkups on a regular basis; especially while taking prescription medicines. This is an easy way to monitor your progress and ensure your physical health as well. Your body may build up a dependency on Acarbose and you may experience dizziness or drowsiness up to a few days after you stop taking this medication.

Patients are advised not to operate heavy machinery or automobiles until the full effect of Acarbose is known. Do not consume alcohol while taking Acarbose. Make sure your doctor is aware of upcoming surgeries you may have scheduled; or will be scheduling while taking this medication.

Contact your doctor for professional advice if you experience a cold, coughs or allergies. You should not try to treat yourself for such symptoms. Some ingredients found in other medications may have conflicting affects while taking Acarbose and may affect desired results. Acarbose cannot be given to any person without a prescription. Sharing Acarbose is against the law.

How To Store Acarbose

The following is general storage information for Acarbose:

  • It is important that you store Acarbose at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure Acarbose is kept away from direct sunlight and moisture.
  • Be sure to store Acarbose out of reach of any pets or small children; in a small childproof container.
  • Dispose of any expired or unused Acarbose properly.


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Conditions of USE: The prescription drug information on this database is to be used for instructional purposes only; it is not intended to substitute for the knowledge of a healthcare professional. Please consult a physician before and while you are taking Acarbose. If you experience any other side effects while taking Acarbose please consult an experienced professional. This database does not contain all the information regarding Acarbose nor is it intended to cover all possible directions, side effects, and uses. If you need more information regarding Acarbose, contact your physician or any other healthcare provider.

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