Acarboz 50mg Tablet 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 50mg Tablet 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 50mg 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 50mg Tablet is generally not recommended for use in children and adolescents (under 18 years of age), consult your doctor before taking this.
Acarboz 50mg 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 50mg Tablet as it may worsen the side effects. Consult with your doctor if any of the symptoms worsen.
Acarboz 50mg 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 50mg Tablet reduces postprandial (after meals) blood glucose and insulin levels.
Side Effects of Acarboz 50
Common Side Effects
Growling in stomach
Stomach pain or abdominal cramps
Feeling of fullness
Dosage of Acarboz 50 mg
The usual starting dose of Acarbose 50 mg is 25 mg once daily with the first bite of a main meal.
Your healthcare provider may gradually increase the dosage based on your individual response and tolerability.
The maximum recommended daily dose of Acarbose 50 mg is 50 mg three times daily (with each main meal).
It is essential to take Acarbose 50 mg with meals to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal side effects and improve its effectiveness in managing blood sugar levels.
Always follow your doctor’s prescribed dosage and administration instructions for Acarbose 50 mg.
Do not adjust the dosage or stop taking the medication without consulting your healthcare provider.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember with the next main meal. However, if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed one and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
Keep the medication at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
If you experience any side effects or have concerns about the medication, inform your doctor for proper evaluation and management.
Medical Supervision: Take Acarbose under the supervision and guidance of a qualified healthcare professional.
Dosage Compliance: Follow the prescribed dosage and administration schedule strictly.
Blood Sugar Monitoring: Regularly monitor blood sugar levels as recommended by your doctor.
Hypoglycemia Awareness: Be aware of the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and know how to treat it.
Meal Timing: Take Acarbose with the first bite of each main meal to maximize its effectiveness.
Dietary Habits: Maintain a balanced diet as advised by your healthcare provider to support blood sugar control.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can Acarboz 50mg Tablet be used alone to treat diabetes mellitus type 2?
Ans. No. Acarboz 50mg Tablet is used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus type 2 or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus as an adjunct to diet or when diet and other sugar lowering medications are not working properly. Your doctor will be able to better understand your condition and treat accordingly.
2. Is overdose of Acarboz 50mg Tablet likely to cause hypoglycaemia?
Ans. No. Overdose of Acarboz 50mg Tablet is unlikely to cause hypoglycaemia (abnormally low levels of sugar). However, it may worsen the gastrointestinal effects (flatulence, diarrhoea, abdominal pain). If you or anyone else happens to have an overdose of Acarboz 50mg Tablet you should contact your doctor immediately.
3. What if I forget to take a dose of Acarboz 50mg Tablet?
Ans. If you forgot to take a dose of Acarboz 50mg Tablet then do not take the missed dose between meals. Wait until your next scheduled dose and meal and continue taking your medicine as per normal. Do not take a double dose of Acarboz 50mg Tablet to make up for a forgotten dose.
4. Can Acarboz 50mg Tablet be used in children and adolescents?
Ans. No, Acarboz 50mg Tablet is not recommended to use in children and adolescents (below 18 years of age). Consult your doctor if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as dry mouth, fruity-smell breath, increased hunger, excessive thirst and increased urination.