What is Accarb?
Accarb containing the active ingredient acarbose is used along with a proper diet and exercise program to treat type 2 diabetes. It works by slowing the actions of certain chemicals that break down food to control blood sugar levels after a meal. Controlling high blood sugar can help prevent sexual function problems, loss of limbs, nerve problems, blindness and kidney damage. Controlling diabetes may also lessen the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
How is Accarb used?
Accarb is usually taken orally 3 times daily or as directed by a doctor. The tablets should be taken with the first bite of every main meal during the day along with a glass of water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage as it will depend on the patientís condition and their response to the treatment. The maximum recommended dosage is 300mg per 24 hours.
Patients using Accarb may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Upset stomach
- Stomach pain
- Gas or bloating
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Blurred vision
The medication can be used to treat patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes but should not be used to treat type 1 diabetes.
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Accarb is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.