Acarboz 25mg Tablets contains Acarbose which belongs to the group of medicines called Anti-diabetic agents. It is used to treat non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (diabetes mellitus type 2) when a restricted diet alone or restricted diet in combination with other sugar lowering drugs do not work well enough.
Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus can be defined as the condition in which either your body does not make enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone which helps glucose to get into cells and produce energy. Due to this the glucose in the blood stays as it is and does not get absorbed by the cells which increases the blood sugar level.
Acarbose helps in slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates (sugars) which lower down the abnormally high blood sugar levels which rises after each meal. Along with Acarboz 25mg Tablets your doctor might advise you to do some lifestyle changes and cut down your sugar intake by restricting the diet. Prior to the treatment your doctor may take up several blood tests to better assess your condition.
Before taking Acarboz 25mg Tablet tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease (inflammation or ulceration in the bowel), severe liver disease (liver cirrhosis), diabetic ketoacidosis, an intestine disease (unable to digest the food properly), obstruction in intestines, or have a large hernia. Acarboz 25mg Tablet is generally not recommended for use in children and adolescents (under 18 years of age), consult your doctor before taking this.
Acarboz 25mg Tablet is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, consult your doctor before taking it. The most common side effects are flatulence, growling stomach, abdominal cramps, or a feeling of fullness. Avoid taking household sugar (cane sugar) with Acarboz 25mg Tablet as it may worsen the side effects. Consult with your doctor if any of the symptoms worsen.
Acarboz 25mg Tablet helps in lowering down the abnormally high blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates. It acts on the intestinal walls and pancreas and stops the action and absorption of certain enzymes (alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidases). By preventing this activity Acarboz 25mg Tablet reduces postprandial (after meals) blood glucose and insulin levels.
Acarbose 25 is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. It helps control blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates in the intestines.
Before taking Acarbose 25, inform your healthcare provider about any existing medical conditions or allergies to medications.
It is essential to disclose all the medications you are currently taking to avoid potential interactions with Acarbose 25.
Avoid using Acarbose 25 if you have a history of inflammatory bowel disease or any condition that affects digestion or absorption in the intestines.
Acarbose 25 may cause mild to severe gastrointestinal side effects such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and stomach discomfort. Report any persistent or severe symptoms to your doctor.
Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly while taking Acarbose 25, as it can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when used in combination with other diabetes medications like insulin or sulfonylureas.
Follow your doctor’s prescribed dosage and administration instructions for Acarbose 25.
Take Acarbose 25 with the first bite of each main meal, or as directed by your healthcare provider.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it’s almost time for your next meal, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.
Store Acarbose 25 at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Keep the medication out of reach of children and pets.
Always carry a source of fast-acting sugar (such as glucose tablets or gel) with you to treat episodes of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) that may occur while using Acarbose 25.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does Acarboz 25mg Tablet cause hypoglycemia?
Ans. Acarboz 25mg Tablet does not cause hypoglycemia by itself though it has a glucose-lowering effect. However, a fall of blood sugar levels in the hypoglycemic range may occur when given along with other antidiabetic medicines or insulin. If this occurs, consult your doctor who may modify your dose accordingly.
2. Why does Acarboz 25mg Tablet cause flatulence?
Ans. Acarboz 25mg Tablet blocks the digestion of carbohydrates which causes the accumulation of undigested carbohydrates in the colon. Bacterial fermentation of the accumulated carbohydrates causes intestinal gas, leading to flatulence and abdominal pain.
3. Can Acarboz 25mg Tablet cause diarrhea?
Ans. Yes, diarrhea is a common side effect of Acarboz 25mg Tablet. However, this does not affect everybody. Any food containing carbohydrates, such as household sugar (cane sugar) can cause diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. If diarrhea persists or becomes severe, then contact your doctor immediately.
4. When should Acarboz 25mg Tablet be taken?
Ans. Acarboz 25mg Tablet should be taken with your meals and should be swallowed whole with water or chewed with the first mouthful of food. The initial dose of Acarboz 25mg Tablet is generally twice daily. The dose is then gradually increased to thrice daily.