What is Acarbose?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Glucobay

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Acarbose is an antidiabetic agent, alpha-glucosidase inhibitor. It is typically used to treat type 2 diabetes.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes type 2 6 7
General health 1 1
Hypotension 1 4
Improve communication 1 1
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 1 0
Reactive hypoglycemia (postprandial) 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 3
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acarbose

Side effect Patients
Abdominal bloating 2
Excessive gas 1
Gas pain 1
Stomach pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Acarbose

Dosage Patients
100 mg three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Acarbose

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
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Duration

Currently taking Acarbose

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Acarbose

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 1
< $25 1
Not specified 2
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2 patient evaluations for Acarbose

Mar 9, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 12, 2009 (Started Jan 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Improve communication)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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