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Generic Precose

Currently, both brand-name and generic versions of Precose are available. Generic Precose tablets come in three strengths are made by two manufacturers, with more manufacturers expected to make the drug in the future. The FDA has assigned the generic version of Precose an "AB" rating, which means that it is equivalent to brand-name Precose.

Generic Precose: An Overview

Precose® (acarbose) is a prescription medication that has been licensed as a type 2 diabetes treatment. Precose is part of a class of diabetes drugs called alpha glucosidase inhibitors. Precose slows the digestion of carbohydrates from the diet, which helps to decrease the rise in blood sugar that usually happens after meals.
Brand-name Precose is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation. However, generic Precose is also available.

Who Makes Generic Precose?

Currently, the following two manufacturers make generic versions of Precose:
  • Cobalt Laboratories
  • Roxane Laboratories.
It is likely that more generic manufacturers will choose to make generic Precose in the future.

Strengths of Generic Precose

Generic Precose tablets are available in the following strengths:
  • Acarbose 25 mg
  • Acarbose 50 mg
  • Acarbose 100 mg.

Is Generic Acarbose as Good as Precose?

All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns each generic a rating. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic acarbose versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Precose.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers or dyes or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
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