Precose is a brand name anti-diabetic medication manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. It is primarily used as a treatment for type 2 diabetes and is combined with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar. It may be prescribed alone or with other antidiabetic drugs, such as insulin, sulfonylureas (ex. glipizide), and metformin.
Precose contains the drug acrabose, which is the generic name of the medication. Acrabose is a glucosidase inhibitor. It works by slowing down the enzyme that converts carbohydrates from ingested foods into glucose (sugar). This helps to reduce the increase of blood sugar levels after a meal.
It is extremely important for individuals with type 2 diabetes to control their high blood sugar, as this can prevent nerve problems, kidney damage, blindness, loss of limbs and sexual function issues. Furthermore, proper management of diabetes can also reduce a person’s risk of heart attack or stroke.
While individuals who are prescribed Precose should take it as directed by their doctor – as dosage is often based on a person’s medical condition, weight and their response to therapy – generally speaking, this oral medication is usually taken 3 times daily at the start of each main meal.
There are side effects associated with Precose. The most common include diarrheas, gas, constipation, upset stoma or stomach pain. These side effects are typically experienced within the first few weeks of treatment, as the body adjusts to the medicine, but they usually improve over time. That being said, if side effects persist or worsen, or if rare or serious side effects occur (ex. nausea/vomiting, severe abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, dark urine, yellowing of the skin or eyes), tell your doctor immediately.
Precose is not a safe treatment option for everyone. Anyone with an allergy to any ingredient in the medication should avoid it. It should also be avoided by anyone with a stomach or bowel blockage or who is at risk of these problems. Individuals with cirrhosis of the liver and those who have gastrointestinal medical conditions that interfere with digestion or nutrient absorption (ex. colon ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.) should also not take this drug.
Prior to taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing or planning to become pregnant. You should also divulge any information regarding past or pre-existing medical or health problems, any drug or food allergies you may have, as well as inform him or her of any medication, over-the-counter drugs or herbal supplements you may be taking.
If Precose is prescribed, it is important to take it exactly as directed by your physician to ensure optimal results.