What should I know before taking alpha-glucosidase inhibitors?

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or may be pregnant, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors may not be a good option for you. It is not known if they are safe for pregnant women.

Acarbose may be passed into breast milk and may not be a good option for women who are nursing.

If you have cirrhosis of the liver, you should not take acarbose.

If you have kidney impairment, you should not take an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor.

If you have inflammatory bowel disease, you should not take an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor. 

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