• Blocking the absorption of carbohydrates at the brush border of the small intestine with acarbose (an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor) seems a promising possibility as a potential therapeutic agent. (clinicaltrials.gov)
  • If a patient using acarbose suffers from a bout of hypoglycemia, the patient must eat something containing monosaccharides, such as glucose tablets or gel (GlucoBurst, Insta-Glucose, Glutose, Level One) and a doctor should be called. (wikipedia.org)
  • Acarbose suppresses postprandial glycemia by slowing small intestinal digestion and absorption of carbohydrate, and has been shown to slow gastric emptying Acarbose has yet to be examined in a prospective fashion in older adults, despite the prevalence of PPH in this patient population. (clinicaltrials.gov)
  • Before taking acarbose, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, or any type of stomach or intestinal disorder. (cardiosmart.org)
  • Acarbose slows the digestion of carbohydrates in the body, which helps control blood sugar levels. (cardiosmart.org)
  • Since acarbose prevents the digestion of complex carbohydrates, the drug should be taken at the start of main meals (taken with first bite of meal). (wikipedia.org)
  • The current proposal will determine if blocking carbohydrate intake in the small intestine with Acarbose can be a possible therapy for older adults with (PPH) Post Prandial Hypotension (a drop of blood pressure after eating), which can result in falls. (clinicaltrials.gov)
  • A possible explanation for the differing opinions is an observation that acarbose is significantly more effective in patients eating a relatively high carbohydrate Eastern diet. (wikipedia.org)
  • citation needed] Since acarbose prevents the degradation of complex carbohydrates into glucose, some carbohydrate will remain in the intestine and be delivered to the colon. (wikipedia.org)
  • Acarbose inhibits enzymes (glycoside hydrolases) needed to digest carbohydrates, specifically, alpha-glucosidase enzymes in the brush border of the small intestines, and pancreatic alpha-amylase. (wikipedia.org)
  • Acarbose is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, foot care, eye care, dental care, and testing your blood sugar. (cardiosmart.org)
  • Acarbose lowers your blood sugar by preventing the breakdown of starch into sugar. (mayoclinic.org)
  • You also should not use acarbose if you have inflammatory bowel disease, an ulcer or blockage in your intestines, or cirrhosis of the liver. (cardiosmart.org)
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