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Precose (acarbose)

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Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Jay W. Marks, MD

Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

ARTICLE RELATED DISEASES IMAGES & QUIZZES INDEX Type 2 Diabetes Warning Signs Dieting for Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes: Test Your Medical IQ GENERIC NAME: acarboseBRAND NAME: Precose

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC: Yes

USES:

Precose is used in conjunction with diet and exercise for reducing blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Precose can be used alone to treat type 2 diabetes or can be combined with sulfonylureas such as glyburide (Diabeta) or metformin (Glucophage) or with insulin.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of Precose are:

Abdominal pain Diarrhea Flatulence (gas) An increase in liver enzymes

There is a rare possibility that these gastrointestinal side effects may become severe and progress to intestinal obstruction caused by paralysis of the intestinal muscles (paralytic ileus).

Possible serious, but rare side effects of Precose include:

Decreases in hematocrit, calcium or vitamin B6 levels Liver failure Ileus A reduction in number of platelets Severe skin reactions Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis infection

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2016

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