What is Glucobay?
Glucobay containing the active ingredient acarbose is considered an antidiabetic type of medication. The medication works by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates in the body to help control blood sugar levels. It should be used along with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar levels in patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Proper maintenance of diabetes can help reduce the risk of heart attacks or strokes.
How is Glucobay used?
Glucobay is usually taken orally 3 times daily or as directed by a doctor. The medication should be taken with the first bite of a main meal along with a glass of water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the patientís weight, condition and response to the therapy. The recommended maximum dosage within a 24 hour span is 300mg.
Patients using Glucobay may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Excess flatulence
- Abdominal pain
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or worsen.
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.
Glucobay 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.