What should I know about Precose before taking it?

Before you take Precose (acarbose), a drug prescribed for type 2 diabetes, there are several things you should know:
  • During your first year of treatment, you will need regular blood tests to check your liver.
  • You should take Precose at the start of each main meal.
  • During times of stress -- for instance, if you have a fever, trauma, infection or surgery -- it may be difficult to control your blood sugar, and you may temporarily need insulin.
  • Gastrointestinal side effects commonly develop in the first few weeks of taking this medicine, but they often get better over time.
Ask your doctor if there’s anything else you need to know before you start taking Precose.

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