Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Certain drugs can increase the level of sugar in your blood and make it harder for you to control your diabetes. Some of these drugs are diuretics (water pills such as Lasix® or Dyazide®), steroids (such as Prednisone®), Dilantin®, estrogen, birth control pills, niacin, and some kinds of cold and allergy drugs. Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking any of these drugs.
Certain medicines used to help digest food (such as Donnazyme®, Pancrease®, or Creon®) should not be taken with acarbose.
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or any problems with your bowels.
Because of the way acarbose works, it is likely to cause gas. This is normal and should go away over time.
To keep your diabetes under control, follow the diet that your doctor ordered, exercise regularly, and test your urine or blood for sugar as your doctor ordered.
Acarbose by itself should not cause low blood sugar the way some other medicines to treat diabetes can. But, if you also take other anti-diabetes medicine, acarbose can work with these other medicines to make your blood sugar even lower.
If your blood sugar gets too low, you may feel weak, drowsy, confused, or very hungry. You may also sweat, shake, or have blurred vision, a fast heartbeat, trouble concentrating, or a headache that won't go away.
Make sure you know what to do if your blood sugar gets too low. Teach your friends, co-workers, or family members what they can do to help you if you have low blood sugar.
You may need to keep a supply of glucose tablets or gel with you to treat low blood sugar. Regular table sugar may not work as well for low blood sugar, because acarbose keeps your body from absorbing regular sugar quickly.