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Precose (Acarbose)

Precose is one of the six types of medications that are used for controlling blood sugar levels in Type II Diabetes patients. It may be used alone or along with other similar medications.
Batch Expiry Date: August 2017

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How it works

Precose slows down the rate at which carbohydrates are absorbed in the body. This helps to control blood sugar levels.

Guidelines for usage

Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.

Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.

If you have also been prescribed charcoal or digestive enzyme preparations, then please take them at least 2 to 4 hours apart from Precose.

Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.

Temporary Insulin therapy may be recommended in times of during times of stress like fever, trauma and infection.

NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.

Missed Dose

It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.

Do not panic if you have missed a dose.

Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.

How & where do I store Precose?

The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.

Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.

Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.

Overdose Related Information

If you accidentally consume more medication than what was prescribed, then contact an emergency healthcare center immediately.

Safety Information/ Warning Precautions

Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.

Ensure that you mention the following:

Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
If you have stomach or intestinal problems, liver problems, or kidney problems

This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.

To be avoided

You must avoid using Precose if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like

Blockage of the stomach or intestine or are at risk for these problems

You have long-term (chronic) bowel inflammation, colon ulcers, or stomach or intestine problems that interfere with digestion or nutrient absorption

You have cirrhosis of the liver or unexplained abnormal liver function tests; you have diabetic ketoacidosis (high ketone levels) or severe kidney problems.

Using Alcohol

Precose is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using Precose.

These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help.

Possible Drug & Food Interactions

Certain prescription drugs or health supplements or even food items are known to interact with the effects of medications. Precose is known to have possible interactions with the following medications.

Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), Calcium channel blockers (eg, verapamil), corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide), estrogen, isoniazid, nicotinic acid, oral contraceptives (birth control pills), phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), phenytoin, sympathomimetics (eg, pseudoephedrine), or thyroid hormone, Insulin or sulfonylureas (eg, glyburide), Digoxin

Additional Information

Precose is an oral treatment of Type II diabetes. It is not meant for treating Type 1 Diabetes.

Diabetec patients should carry an ID card on person that mentions about their condition. This may prove to be extremely beneficial in case of a medical emergency.

Diabetes is a lifestyle disease that is controllable to a large extent with a proper diet and exercise routine. Support your medication with this and you will experience better results faster.

Sugar levels must be monitored constantly and in case of low blood sugar, use (table sugar, honey, candy, orange juice, or non–diet soda to quicky elevate sugar levels to normal. Some of the symptoms of low blood sugar are rapid heartbeats, vision changes, headaches, chills, or tremors, hunger.

Low Blood sugar can be prevented easily by having your meals on time and not skipping them.

Some doctors recommend using multiple birth control methods while using Precose because it may cause ovulation even in women who have undergone menopause.

Your sugar levels may rise during periods of stress, high fever or surgery. Insulin therapy may be required at such times.

Elderly people are more likely to experience side effects while using Precose. If the side effects are bothersome, then seek medical help.

Important Information for Pregnant Women

Precose is categorized under FDA category B.

Discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before using the medication.

Certain medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.
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