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What should I avoid while taking acarbose?

You should avoid drinking alcohol while on this medication to reduce your risk of developing hypoglycemia. 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.

Ask your doctor whether you can take garlic or green tea capsules or other nutritional supplements while you are on acarbose.

Acarbose is not recommended for women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

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