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Can I drink alcohol while taking acarbose?

While you are taking acarbose (also known as Precose) to help control your blood sugar levels, you should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can worsen your sugar control as it provides a source of additional calories. However, it can also lower blood sugar and may increase the risk of hypoglycemia. You can also get hypoglycemia while taking acarbose if you are under stress, skip a meal or exercise too much. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include:
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Trouble concentrating

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