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This medicine is used for managing non-insulin dependent diabetes


Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you have any of these conditions; Hepatic or renal impairment (liver or kidney disorder) or any of the following stomach disorders like inflammatory bowel disorders, chronic ulcerations, intestinal obstructions, or chronic digestive or absorption problems.

Side effects

Some patients might experience stomach bloating, stomach pain and diarrhoea. Please consult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

Expert Advice

Avoid this medication if:

  • You are allergic to this medicine or it's ingredients.

Consult your doctor if:

  • You have any digestive problems, and kidney or liver diseases
  • You are pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You are about to undergo any sort of surgical procedure

Be careful about: 

  • Having your meals on time, to maintain blood glucose levels.
  • Taking the medicine in the time prescribed (before meals), to avoid gastrointestinal disturbances.
  • Following the important lifestyle changes that your physician has recommended.


What is Acarbose and how does it work?

This medicine is used to manage non-insulin dependent diabetes (Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus). It is an Alpha glucosidase inhibitor, an enzyme which basically causes the absorption of carbohydrates in the intestine.

Is this medicine available over the counter?

No. This medicine is not available over the counter. It is only available on doctor’s prescription.

Can this drug cause hypoglycemia?

No. This drug does not cause hypoglycemia on its own. However, concurrent use of this medication with insulin and other anti-diabetic may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Please consult your doctor for further assistance.

Does this medicine lower my fasting blood sugar?

No. This medicine lowers your post meal sugar levels.

Can I use this medication if I am pregnant?

Please talk to your physician before using this medicine during pregnancy.

Is this medicine suitable to use if I have bowel problems?

No, this medication is not safe to use if you have any digestive system issues. Please consult your doctor for this.

Can I experience diarrhea and flatulence as a result of using this medicine?

Yes, this medication may cause diarrhea and flatulence as a side effect. If you experience these symptoms please consult your doctor.

Can I lose weight by using this medication?

Yes, you may lose weight if you take this medicine along with exercise and healthy eating.

Can I have eyesight problems while using this medicine?

Yes, you may experience blurred vision as a side effect of this medication. Please inform your doctor if your vision changes after use.

Can this medicine be used if I have liver or kidney disorders?

This drug is not recommended to use if you have liver or kidney impairment because it may further aggravate the conditions. Please refer to your doctor before use.

Can this medicine reduce my risk of heart attack and stroke?

This medicine controls your blood sugar so it can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Can this medicine affect my sexual drive?

No, this medication will not affect your sexual drive.

Can this drug improve my blood pressure?

Yes. This medicine can help lower your blood pressure as an indirect effect.

Can I get addicted to this medicine?

No, this medicine does not have addictive effects.

For how long does the effect of Acarbose last?

Usually the effects of Acarbose last for up to 3-5 hours. However, this effect may vary from patient to patient.

Medicines containing acarbose

Glucobay 100mg

By Bayer

Pack size: 3x10s


Glucobay 50mg

By Bayer

Pack size: 3x10s