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What is Glucobay?
Glucobay containing the active ingredient acarbose is considered an antidiabetic type of medication. It works by slowing the action of certain chemicals that break down food to help keep glucose from rising very high after meals. Controlling high blood sugar levels can help prevent kidney damage, nerve problems, vision problems, sexual function problems and loss of limbs. It is used along with a proper diet and exercise program to treat patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Proper control of diabetes may reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
How is Glucobay used?
Glucobay is usually taken orally 3 times per day or as directed by a doctor. The tablets should be taken with the first bite of each main meal along with some water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage as it will depend on the patientís condition and their response to the medication. The doctor may prescribe a low initial dose, gradually increasing to the optimal dosage.
Glucobay may cause unwanted side effects such as:
- Excess gas
- Upset stomach
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Blurred vision
The medication should be used to help treat type 2 diabetes but should not be used to treat patients diagnosed with 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.
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.