What is Glucobay (Acarbose) used for?
Glucobay (Acarbose) is an oral medication prescribed to treat patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. It operates by preventing the breakdown of sugars in the body to regulate blood sugar levels. The medication is often prescribed along with a balanced diet and regular exercise to prevent symptoms associated with this condition such as faintness, frequent urination, or blurry vision. Your doctor may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Glucobay (Acarbose)?
Glucobay (Acarbose) should always be used according to your doctor`s instructions to get the most effective results. One tablet is typically administered three times daily, but your particular dosage will depend on the severity of your symptoms. It is not recommended to exceed 300mg within a twenty-four hour period. Swallow the tablets whole with a large glass of water along with a meal. Do not crush, split, or chew the medication before use as this may destroy or change the effects of the contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Glucobay (Acarbose)?
Some patients using Glucobay (Acarbose) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
More serious side effects that may need medical attention are intense stomach pain, sensitive skin, severe diarrhoea that is watery or bloody, discoloured stools, discoloured urine, or jaundice. Always tell your doctor about any symptoms that are intense or serious to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your regimen to prevent more complications from occurring.
Glucobay (Acarbose) should not be used to treat patients with inflammatory bowel disease, ulceration of the bowels, chronic digestive problems, or intestinal blockage as these conditions may cause complications during treatment.
Strictly use Glucobay (Acarbose) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Glucobay (Acarbose) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.