Anti diabetic drug Acarbose is used to treat type 2 diabetes. Acarbose serves to control blood sugar levels by way of slowing down the process of digestion of carbohydrates into sugar compounds that are more simple, so as to help lower blood sugar levels after eating.
To control diabetes, acarbose may be used along with other drugs, such as insulin, metformin, or glibenklamid. If blood sugar levels can be controlled, so diabetics can avoid diabetes complications, such as kidney failure, stroke, blindness, nerve damage, heart attacks, loss of balance, and impotence. This medication must be consumed in accordance with a prescription, and are not intended for diabetics who are aged 18 years and under.
Trademarks: Acrios, Acarbose, Capribose, Ditrium, Glubose, Carbotrap, Glucobay
- Group: Antidiabetic
- Category: Prescription Drug
- Benefits: Control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics
- Consumed by: adults
- Categories of pregnancy and breastfeeding: Category B: Studies in experimental animals do not show a risk to the fetus, but there have been no controlled studies in pregnant women. It is not yet known whether or not acarbose can be absorbed into breast milk. However, pregnant women are advised not to take this medicine.
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- Tell the doctor if you have an allergy to this medicine.
- Notify physician if suffering from kidney disorders, liver disorders, intestinal obstruction, disruption of food absorption, hernia intestinal inflammation, as well as kolisitis such as colitis or Crohn’s disease.
- Consumption of candy or syrup in case of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels too) for taking acarbose.
- Tell the doctor if you’re using any other medicines, including supplements and herbs products.
- In case of allergic reaction or an overdose after taking acarbose, soon encountered the doctor.
The initial dose of acarbose for patients with type 2 diabetes is 50 mg per day. Furthermore, the dose can be increased to 50 mg, 3 times a day. If the body of the sufferer are responding to treatment with both then in the span of at least 6-8 week, the dose can be increased to 100-200 mg, 3 times a day.
Taking Acarbose correctly
Follow the advice of your doctor and read the instructions that are printed on the packaging of a drug, in taking acarbose. Do not change the dose of acarbose unbeknownst to the doctor. Doses of the drug will be adjusted with a medical condition, weight, and the response of the patient’s response to treatment.
To get the maximum treatment effects, it is recommended to have a healthy diet, regular exercise, and routine blood sugar levels checked as well as urine to the physician.
Acarbose is consumed while eating, namely along the first eating suapan. When it’s difficult to swallow a drug acarbose tablets are intact, can be chewed
Make sure there is enough time distance between one dosage with the next dose. Try to consume the acarbose the same hours each day to maximize the effect.
For patients who forget taking acarbose, are advised to immediately do so remember when pause with the schedule of the next consumption not too close. If it is close, ignore and do not double the dose.
Store the medication in a cool, dry, and avoid exposure to direct sunlight, and keep out of reach of children.
Here is the interaction that can occur if using acarbose in conjunction with other drugs:
- Increase the risk of side effects of acarbose, if used with cholestyramine and neomycin.
- Increase the risk of hypoglycemia if used in conjunction with other anti diabetic drugs, such as glibenklamid.
- Reduce the effectiveness of acarbose if used in conjunction with medication, such as gastrointestinal adsorbent activated carbon (charcoal) or drug digestan (amylase and pancreatin).
- Inhibits the absorption of digoxin.
Learn about the side effects and dangers of Acarbose
Side effects that may arise after taking acarbose were:
- Bloated stomach
- Frequent wind
- Gastric pain
- Impaired liver function
- Nausea and vomiting
Stop the use of drugs and soon encountered the doctor when incurred bruises on the body, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, jaundice, rash or itching all over the body, swelling in the face, lips, and tongue, and breathing difficulties.