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Part of a group of diabetes drugs known as alpha glucosidase inhibitors, Precose® (acarbose) is a prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. Specifically, it is approved to lower blood sugar after meals. The medication comes in tablet form and is taken with the first bite of each main meal (three times a day).
Most people have no problems with Precose; however, the drug's safety information should be reviewed so that you are aware of possible side effects (such as gas and diarrhea) and know the warning signs of an allergic reaction or other serious problem that requires prompt medical care. In addition, let your healthcare provider know if you have inflammatory bowel disease or any liver problems.
(For more information, click Precose. This article includes details on how the drug works, what else your healthcare provider needs to know, and how the drug performed in clinical trials.)
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