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How does acarbose interact with other medications or foods?

Acarbose interacts with several medications, as well as with food, so it is a good idea to tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications you are taking.

When used in combination with warfarin or other anticoagulants acarbose may increase the risk of bleeding. Acarbose may also increase side effects of insulin and sulfonylurea drugs like glyburide. The effectiveness of acarbose is reduced when it is taken with corticosteroids, estrogen, charcoal and digestive enzyme preparations.

You should avoid drinking alcohol while on this medication to reduce your risk of developing hypoglycemia. Also ask your doctor whether you can take garlic or green tea capsules or other nutritional supplements while you are on acarbose.

Acarbose can help the body regulate blood sugar levels after you eat by slowing the process that converts carbohydrates into glucose, but you also need to follow your doctor’s dietary and physical activity recommendations to successfully control your type 2 diabetes.

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