What is Acarbose?
Acarbose is an anti-diabetic medication used to treat Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. It is used in conjunction with other medications for the management and control of blood sugar levels in patients with Type II Diabetes. Acarbose slows down the action of certain chemicals that break down food to release sugar into the blood.
Keeping high blood sugar in check can help prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. It may also lessen the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
How does Acarbose work?
Acarbose is a member of a group of drugs called Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitors. Its mechanism of action is by slowing the action of the enzymes that break food down into sugars. This helps to slow down the digestion of carbohydrates to keep the blood sugar from rising very high.
What are Side Effects of Acarbose?
Common side effects of Acarbose include:
- Upset stomach
- Stomach discomfort
- Skin rash or itching.
What Type of Drug is Acarbose?
Acarbose belongs to a group of drugs called alpha-glucosidase inhibitors. It acts by competitive and reversible inhibition of the enzymes alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase.
Consult with your doctor or a pharmacist to determine your dosage. You could also follow the directions on the prescription label.
- Acarbose comes as a tablet and should be taken orally.
- Take Acarbose with meals.
- Inform your doctor of all the vitamins, minerals or dietary supplements you are taking.
- Take Acarbose as directed. Do not take more than prescribed or use more often than prescribed by your doctor.
- Complete your medication even if you begin to feel well.
- Do not discontinue Acarbose suddenly without talking to your doctor.
Acarbose may result in more serious side effects such as allergic skin reactions, liver problems and intestinal issues. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects.
Acarbose is available for purchase on Drugstore.ng, an online pharmacy in Lagos.