What does this type of pill do?
- Acarbose: Acarb, glucobay, Diabose
- Voglibose : Volibo 0.3, Vigoul 0.3, Volix 0.3, Mignar
This type of pill helps keep your blood glucose from going too high after you eat, a common problem in people with diabetes. It works by slowing down the digestion of foods high in carbohydrate, such as rice, potatoes, bread, milk, and fruit.
Who should not take this medicine?
Talk with your doctor about whether to take this type of pill if
What are the possible side effects?
- you have bowel disease or other intestinal conditions
- you have advanced kidney or liver disease
- you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breastfeeding
This type of pill doesn’t cause low blood glucose by itself. But your risk of having low blood glucose goes up if you also take :
- diabetes pills that cause low blood glucose
Your doctor may ask you to take a lower dose of your other diabetes medicines while you take this type of pill.
It may cause stomach pain, gas, bloating, or diarrhea. These symptoms usually go away after you have taken these pills for a while.
What you need to know about low blood glucose
If you take these medicines , only glucose tablets or glucose gel will bring your blood glucose level back to normal quickly. Other quick-fix foods and drinks won’t raise your blood glucose as quickly because acarbose and voglibose slow the digestion of other quick-fix foods and drinks.
Source: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse