Precose , also medically known as acarbose, is a glucosidase inhibitor which is used to treat type 2 diabetes .
This type of medication works by slowing down the action of specific chemicals which break down the food to release glucose (sugar) into the patients blood. Slowing down the digestion of foods allows the blood glucose level to stay low after meals.
Precose is taken orally in the form of tablets. These tablets are usually taken three times a day but the dosages will vary among each individual patient. Do not take more or less than what your doctor has prescribed.
This type of medication can potentially cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is important to recognize the symptoms of hypoglycemia so that if you begin to feel the effects of hypoglycemia , you can get treatment right away. Some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia include shakiness, sweating, dizziness, confusion and headaches. If you think you may be at risk, contact your doctor immediately.
Occasionally, Precose will be prescribed by doctors for other purposes.