Acarbose is an anti-diabetic drug. It is used to treat type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes type 2 is a condition where the body does not use insulin properly making the body unable to control the amount of sugar in the blood.
Acarbose is an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor. It works by preventing the starch from breaking down into sugar and releasing it into the bloodstream. This is done by blocking the alpha-glucosidase enzyme. Blocking the action of alpha-glucosidase enzyme helps keep the blood glucose from rising after each meal.
Acarbose is used when proper diet, weight reduction and exercise have not controlled the blood sugar in the body. Acarbose is used along with other diabetes medication, proper diet, weight reduction, exercise and lifestyle change.
Acarbose comes in a tablet form that you need to take by mouth. Your dose is based on the severity of your condition, your body weight and your other medical conditions. The recommended starting dose is 50 mg once a day. The maximum daily dose is 100mg three times a day. Take this medication at the first bite of your meal. Acarbose only works when there’s food in your stomach.
Take Acarbose regularly to keep your blood sugar level under control. Take it exactly as directed by your physician. Do not take more than what is recommended.
Some of the common side effects are:
Some of the serious side effects are:
Seek medical attention right away if you will experience symptoms of hyperglycemia such as: