Precose

Name:

Precose

Generic Name:

Acarbose

Form:

Tablet

Medication Class:

Glucosidase inhibitor

Active Ingredient:

Acarbose

Pregnancy Category:

Consult your physician (Category B)

About this medication

Precose is the name of the medication. It comes in the form of a tablet, and should be taken by mouth. It belongs to a class of medications called Glucosidase inhibitor.

Why is this medication prescribed

This medication is used to treat type-2 diabetes and pre-diabetes conditions. Normally, when you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into a sugar called glucose. This is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. The body needs Insulin to be able to use this sugar for energy. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. This causes glucose to build up in the blood instead of going into cells. It can lead to serious diabetes complications.

How does it work

Precose belongs to a group of medications called Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors. This medication causes the body to ignore some types of sugars in the food. This way less sugar enters the blood from your food and the blood sugar level goes down.

How to use it

This medication comes as a tablet. You should put it in your mouth and swallow it with a glass of water.

What to do if you are pregnant

Tell your physician if you become pregnant. There are not enough studies about this medication in pregnant women. Use the medication during pregnancy only if clearly needed.