Generic Name: AcarboseBrand Name: Glucobay 50, Glucobay 100

Acarbose slows the digestion of carbohydrates in the body. This medication helps control blood sugar levels and is used to treat type 2 diabetes.

Acarbose is sometimes combined with insulin or other diabetes medications. Acarbose also be used for other needs that are not listed here.

Important Information
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to acarbose, or if you have a condition diabetic ketoacidosis. Do not also use acarbose if you have inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers or blockage in the digestive tract, or liver cirrhosis. Before using acarbose, talk to your doctor if you have liver disease or stomach and digestive disturbances whatsoever.

Use the same acarbose in the very first gobble food until your doctor gives other recommendations. The drug may change the dose if you experience an injury or illness, if you have a serious infection, or if you have to undergo any surgery. Do not change the dosage or discontinue the use of acarbose without first talking to your doctor.

If you are using acarbose with insulin or other diabetes medications, your blood sugar levels will be too low (hypoglycemia). You may experience hypoglycemia if you delay a meal, exercise too long, drink alcohol, or when under stress. Symptoms that may occur include headache, nausea, hunger, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, sweating, trembling or trouble concentrating. When you're using acarbose, candy or tablet sugar (sucrose) may not work as well as dextrose to raise your blood sugar quickly.

Side Effects
Ask for emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction is:

• Itching with red spots
• Difficulty breathing
• Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat

Call your doctor if you have the following side effects:
• Mild fever
• Nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite
• dark urine, clay-like dirt
• yellowing of skin or eyes

Other side effects:
• mild abdominal pain, flatulence
• Diarrhea
• mild skin rash or itching

Symptomatic side effects above may appear incomplete and other symptoms.