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|Brand Name||Generic Name|
|__ Glyset (GLY-set)||__ miglitol (MIG-lih-tol)|
|__ Precose (PREE-kohss)||__ acarbose (A-kahr-bohss)|
What does this type of pill do?
This type of pill helps keep your blood glucose from going too high after you eat, a common problem in people with diabetes. It works by slowing down the digestion of foods high in carbohydrate, such as rice, potatoes, bread, milk, and fruit.
Who should not take Glyset or Precose?
Talk with your doctor about whether to take this type of pill if
- you have bowel disease or other intestinal conditions
- you have advanced kidney or liver disease
- you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breastfeeding
What are the possible side effects?
This type of pill doesn't cause low blood glucose by itself. But your risk of having low blood glucose goes up if you also take
- diabetes pills that cause low blood glucose
Your doctor may ask you to take a lower dose of your other diabetes medicines while you take this type of pill.
Taking Glyset or Precose may cause stomach pain, gas, bloating, or diarrhea. These symptoms usually go away after you have taken these pills for a while.
Page last updated February 16, 2012