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Acarbose and Blood Sugar

Acarbose and High Blood Sugar

Even in people with well-controlled diabetes, high blood sugar is possible. For example, fever, infections, injury, or surgery can temporarily increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, regardless of the medicine they are taking. In these situations, acarbose may not be enough to treat your diabetes, and the use of insulin may be required.
Contact your healthcare provider if you have a fever, infection, or injury, or if you will be having surgery. If, during treatment with acarbose, high blood sugar symptoms occur, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. Possible symptoms include but are not limited to:
  • Increased hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting.

Managing Blood Sugar During Acarbose Use

Low and high blood sugar levels are known problems in some people taking acarbose, and they can cause serious or even life-threatening complications. Prevention is the best treatment.
Therefore, if you are taking acarbose, you should be aware that low blood sugar is a possible side effect if you are taking acarbose with another diabetes medication, and that high blood sugar levels can potentially occur, regardless of the medicine you are taking.
You should know the possible signs and symptoms of high or low blood sugar and know what to do if these symptoms occur. Finally, it is important that you know how to check your blood sugar levels.
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