Acarbose is used to treat diabetes by reducing the absorption of sugars from food.
Take acarbose as directed. It may be swallowed whole with a glass of water, or chewed, at the start of a meal.
Skip the missed dose and continue as directed. Do not take two doses at the same time and do not take doses between meals.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Skin rash, itching
|Tell your doctor|
Farting, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2017
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