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How do I take/use this medicine?
Ensure that you take Acarbose exactly as directed by the doctor in order to keep your diabetes under control. Do not stop taking this medicine without first asking your doctor.
Acarbose should be taken at the start of the meal, with the first mouthful of food.
Stick to the diabetic diet recommended by your doctor or nutritionist. This will help minimise any side effects you may have with Acarbose.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
If you are taking Acarbose with other types of oral anti-diabetic medicines, you may have been warned about hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). Acarbose itself does not usually cause hypoglycaemia, but it may increase the hypoglycaemic effect of other anti-diabetic pills.
How do I know if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?
Hypoglycaemia is the medical term for low blood sugar. Symptoms of hypoglycaemia include dizziness, headache, shaky hands, feeling hungry, weak or confused, problems speaking -- these signs are your body's way of warning you that your blood sugar level is dangerously low.
It is important to recognise these symptoms and get relief for hypoglycaemia quickly, as the hypoglycaemia could get worse and you might faint.
What should I do if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?
Always carry some glucose tablets (also known as dextrose tablets) with you. Take a tablet at the first sign of hypoglycaemia. As Acarbose prevents the digestion of other kinds of sugar, only glucose (dextrose) tablets should be used to treat hypoglycaemia if you are on Acarbose.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you suffer from liver or kidney disease, bowel problems especially bowel inflammation, ulceration or blockage, problems with food digestion or absorption, or if you have had large hernias.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
It is important for you to maintain a healthy diet and weight in order to help keep your diabetes under control.
Why do I need this medicine?
Acarbose helps treat your diabetes by keeping your blood sugar in control. Acarbose slows down the absorption of sugar from your gut and this helps reduce the high sugar levels that occur after each meal.
Acarbose is meant to be taken as part of a complete diabetes care programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and regular monitoring of blood sugar levels.
What side effects could I experience?
You may experience some stomach discomfort such as bloating, indigestion, wind (gas), diarrhoea and stomach cramps. This is to be expected and will get better as you get used to the medicine. You will also find that the stomach discomfort will be reduced if you follow closely the diabetic diet prescribed by your doctor or nutritionist.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Acarbose should not be taken with antacids because antacids could make Acarbose less effective. Antacids may not reduce the stomach discomfort experienced with Acarbose. If you must take antacids, take between meals at least 2 hours after you have taken Acarbose.
Do not take digestive enzymes as these may reduce the action of Acarbose. Also let your doctor know if you are taking medicines known as neomycin and cholestyramine.
Acarbose may interfere with certain heart medicines like digoxin.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.