How Glucobay 100mg works
Glucobay contains an inhibitor called alpha-glucosidase which is approved to control blood sugar levels in a type-2 diabetes patient which is common after a meal. Glucobay 100 actually works by slowing down the carbohydrates/complex sugars digestion in the body after a meal to control glucose levels.
How to use Glucobay 100 mg tablet?
It is simple to intake a Glucobay (Acarbose) tablet; just swallow it as a whole or crush or break it to make it dissolve with water and intake. One thing that needs to be considered is, take Acarbose 100 in dose and frequently as prescribed by the doctor: overdosing may have adverse effects on health.
Glucobay storage instructions
Every medication has some storage instructions given on labels or mentioned by the doctor. Because proper storage of the medicine helps get it work effectively and to increase its shelf life. And, like other medicines there are some common storage instructions for Glucobay 100 one should follow:
- Keep away from the reach of children
- Get the container tight packed after every use.
- Store in a cool and dry place to prevent from heat and moisture: as these may damage the medication or even alter its effect
Side effects of Glucobay (Acarbose)
Though Glucobay (Acarbose) 100 mg tablets do not have much serious side effects and even its common side effects do not require any medical assistance: they improve in some time as the body gets used to the medicine, here are some alpha-glucosidase side-effects you need to know:
- Stomach pain
- Flatulence, and
Like mentioned, though these side effects are common and fade away on their own, if any of these persists for longer, seeking a doctor’s help in this regard is advised.
How long does it take Glucobay 100 to take effect?
Though the medicine in Glucobay called Acarbose begins to work within some minutes of intake, it may take around 1 hour to show its peak effect. Generally, it is advised by doctors to intake a dose just before the meal so that the medicine could kick off before the system gets into the digestion process.
How long does the effect of Acarbose 100 mg last?
Though the lasting duration of Glucobay (Acarbose) varies person to person health, it may last its effect up to 4-6 hours on an average. Since the medicine is used to control spike in blood sugar levels after a meal, taking it just before a meal makes it work most effectively.
Is Glucobay (Acarbose) a habit forming medicine?
Glucobay 100 mg tablets contain Acarbose which is one of the alpha glucosidase inhibitors that are among use-when-needed drugs. To be precise, Glucobay is not a habit forming medicine and should be taken only under a doctor’s prescription for the period recommended only.
Is it safe to drink alcohol under Glucobay 100mg prescription?
Alcohol consumption is found to increase risk of altered blood glucose levels in diabetes patients. One under Glucobay (Acarbose) prescription should avoid drinking alcohol and have a proper diet to be able to control blood sugar levels better.
Can Glucobay 100mg be taken during pregnancy?
Though there are a lack of studies in reference to the use of Glucobay (Acarbose) during pregnancy, some animal studies suggest that it can have harmful effects on the developing baby. Conclusively, it is suggested not to take this medicine during pregnancy.
Can Glucobay (Acarbose) be taken while breastfeeding?
It is suggested by doctors to avoiding taking Acarbose 100mg tablets while breastfeeding. However there are no studies in this regard: either in support or against. Consulting with your doctor can get you better help.
Who should not use Glucobay 100 mg?
There are some cases when the diabetes patient is not advised to take Glucobay or any other alpha-glucosidase that include: if any person has gastrointestinal diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, chronic ulceration, partial intestinal obstruction or any chronic intestinal disease, he/she should not use Glucobay (Acarbose) tablets. Else, any one with type-2 diabetes can use the medication on a doctor’s prescription.