How to Take Acarbose and Dose of Acarbose


Find out how to take Acarbose (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Acarbose


How it should be taken  

Tablet to take by mouth, just before the first bite of each meal.

Dosage & When it is to be taken

Type 2 diabetes in a dose of 25 to 100 mg three times a day

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

Known allergy to acarbose
Diabetic ketoacidosis
Severe liver disease
Intestinal conditions like inflammatory bowel disease
Severe kidney disease

Why it is prescribed (Indications)  

Acarbose prevents the action of certain enzymes in the digestive tract that break down carbohydrates to release glucose, which is subsequently absorbed in the blood. Thus, it controls the rise of blood glucose level after a meal. 

Pregnancy Category

Category B : Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Warnings and Precautions  

Use with caution during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Storage Conditions  

Store it at room temperature in a tight container. Protect from moisture.

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