At this time, there are three available strengths of generic acarbose. Cobalt Laboratories and Roxane Laboratories are the companies that currently make these drugs, but it is likely that more manufactures will make generic versions of acarbose in the future.
Acarbose (Precose®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed as a type 2 diabetes treatment. Acarbose is part of a class of diabetes drugs called alpha glucosidase inhibitors. The medicine slows the digestion of carbohydrates from the diet, helping to decrease the rise in blood sugar that usually happens after meals.
Brand-name acarbose is sold under the name Precose and is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation. However, generic versions are also available.
Currently, the following two manufacturers make generic versions of acarbose:
- Cobalt Laboratories
- Roxane Laboratories.
It is likely that more generic manufacturers will choose to make generic acarbose in the future.
Generic acarbose tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Acarbose 25 mg
- Acarbose 50 mg
- Acarbose 100 mg.
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.