Acarbose is commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates, controlling blood sugar levels.
Take acarbose along with the first bite of a main meal. Follow your doctor’s guidelines and the medication’s label guidelines carefully.
Tell your doctor of all known medical conditions, medications, and allergies. Watch out for symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. Check your blood sugar levels regularly. Avoid alcohol.
Common side effects include mild rash, diarrhea, and stomach discomfort. Find emergency medical assistance if you suspect an allergic reaction, overdose, or other severe reaction including (but not limited to): severe constipation and diarrhea, easy bruising, jaundice.