Acarbose is an anti-diabetic drug used to lower the blood sugar with exercise and proper diet. It decreases intestinal absorption of carbohydrates and is used as an adjunctive therapy in the management of type 2 diabetes.
Class of Drugs – An alpha-glucosidase inhibitor
Molecular Formula – C25H43NO18
Molecular Weight: 645.6 g/mol
The ingredient works by slowing down the digestion process. To slow down the digestion of carbohydrates, action of certain enzymes must be controlled. Those enzymes break food down into sugar. Due to this action, it helps to keep blood sugar low even post consumption of food.
Acarbose controls high blood sugar that helps to prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lower a risk of heart attack or stroke. The ingredient works in the intestines to slow the breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates from foods. So, this helps to lower the blood sugar that increases after having a meal. Further, it can be consumed with other diabetic medications like insulin to control additional glucose level in the bloodstream.
Popular Brands and Dosages:
Acarbose is used as an active ingredient in popular brands. The brand medicine is available in dosages such as:
- Precose 50 mg and 100 mg
The doctor may prescribe dosages on the basis of severity of symptoms and that have to be consumed exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Overdose of the same may lead some serious health issues.