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Side Effects of Acarbose

Acarbose Side Effects to Report

There are a number of side effects with acarbose that you should report to your healthcare provider. These side effects include but are not limited to:
 
  • Symptoms of high blood sugar, including:

 

    • Increased hunger
    • Increased thirst
    • Increased urination
    • Blurred vision
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath
    • Nausea or vomiting

 

  • Symptoms of low blood sugar (which can occur if acarbose is taken with other diabetes drugs), including:

 

    • Sweating
    • Shakiness
    • Extreme hunger
    • Dizziness
    • Cold sweats
    • Blurry vision
    • Changes in behavior, such as irritability
    • Loss of coordination
    • Difficulty speaking
    • Confusion
    • Seizures

 

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including an unexplained skin rash, itching, hives, wheezing or difficulty breathing, or unexplained swelling

 

  • Severe diarrhea (which can lead to dehydration).
     

Side Effects of Acarbose: Summary

You may experience some or none of the side effects of acarbose explained above. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking acarbose. Also let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be an acarbose side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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