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Drug Interactions

Acarbose can potentially interact with a number of other medicines.
(Click Drug Interactions With Acarbose for more information.)

Alternatives to Acarbose

In general, type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes (for example, weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes are not effective at managing diabetes, medication, such as acarbose, may be necessary.
The main goal of diabetes medicine is to lower blood sugar levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to diabetes, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems. Because acarbose can lower blood sugar levels, people who take the medicine may be able to lower their risk of developing problems related to high blood sugar.
For most people, acarbose is quite effective at controlling blood sugar. It is also generally well tolerated. However, it is possible that side effects will occur during treatment, or that the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, you may need to combine acarbose with another diabetes medicine, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. You may also wish to consider a substitute for acarbose. These substitutes could include other diabetes medicines, either by themselves or in combination.
(Click Acarbose Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for acarbose. To learn about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click on either of the links below:
Healthy Eating for People With Diabetes

Acarbose Medication

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