If lifestyle changes are not enough to manage your type 2 diabetes, your healthcare provider may recommend taking a medication such as acarbose (Precose®). This prescription drug comes in the form of a tablet that is taken at the start of each main meal.
Acarbose works by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates from the diet, which helps to lower blood sugar levels after meals. It can help to decrease the risk of developing diabetes-related problems that develop over time, such as heart failure, diabetic impotence, and diabetic neuropathy.
(Click Acarbose for more information on using this medication for type 2 diabetes. Topics discussed in this article include dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and safety issues to be aware of while taking it.)