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Precose is a popular medicine that is able to effectively delay the organism's digestion of carbohydrates, thus decreasing the amount of sugar that is allowed to pass into the patient's blood (this prevents you from suffering from an episode of hyperglycemia).
Precose (more commonly known as Acarbose) is a well known product that is generally given to patients who are suffering from type 2 diabetes. However, a treatment with Precose could also serve some other purposes that have not been listed here. Ask your physician for further information.
Before you are allowed to start taking Precose you should inform your personal health care specialist if you are suffering from any of these medical disorders:
- A blockage in the intestines;
- Inflammatory bowel disorder like crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis;
- Kidney disorder;
- Liver disease;
- Ulcers of the colon;
You ought to ask your personal physician to tell you exactly how you should use all of your doses of Precose. It is not recommended to deviate from any of his or her instructions. If you somehow fail to understand at least one of them, we advise you to immediately refer to a nurse or to a pharmacist and ask them for further and more detailed explanations. If you want to know more about Precose or about your treatment with it, you should consult the product's label.
Each dose of Precose should be accompanied by a full glass of liquid (juice and / or water). You should use all your doses of Precose with food in order to make sure that you get the best results from your treatment with it. Do not stop your treatment with Precose without your physician's approval, even if you feel that your condition has not improved at all. During your intake of Precose your personal physician might ask you to undergo regular blood tests in order to check to see if there is any progress.
You should alert your personal health care specialist if you develop infection, fever, if you require immediate surgery or if you have suffered severe injury. Such medical conditions are known to trigger loss of insulin and of blood sugar control (you might have to change your regular dose of Precose). Keep Precose away from heat and moisture.
Your personal health care provider (who is familiar with your personal and family medical history) is the only one able to calculate the proper dose of Precose that should be administered to a patient. The correct dose of Precose is known to vary from one patient to another, as it depends on a variety of factors such as age, body weight, severity of the medical condition, etc.
If you suspect that you might be suffering from an overdose with Precose, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. Contact your local poison control centre, your doctor and go to the nearest emergency room. The average overdose symptoms that are triggered by an overdose with Precose usually include gas, stomach pain, bloating, and sometimes even diarrhea.
In order to benefit from your treatment's maximum effectiveness, you should use Precose with the very first bite of one of your main meals. If you take your dose of Precose 15 minutes late, there should not be any problem. However, if you have missed taking your dose of Precose for more than 15 minutes, its effectiveness will probably be diminished. Do not use double doses of Precose without your physician's approval.
You should immediately end your treatment with Precose and alert your personal physician at once (seek professional medical care at once) if you somehow develop any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction (closing of the throat; difficulty breathing; swelling of the tongue, lips, or face; sometimes even hives). A treatment with Precose is not known to trigger any other severe or dangerous side effect. If you develop anything unusual, bothersome or unpleasant while you are following a treatment with Precose, you should alert your personal physician at once, as intake of Precose could trigger some other side effects that have not been listed here.
If you are following a long term treatment with Precose (Precose) you should be familiar with the symptoms and signs of hypoglycemia, which are known to generally include headache; shaking; pale, cool skin; sweating; fast heartbeats; dizziness; drowsiness; hunger; weakness; nausea; confusion; anxiety; nervousness; problems concentrating. You should carry a glucose tablet or a piece of non-dietetic, candy in order to immediately treat a hypoglycemic episode.
Some patients who have prescribed Precose have also experienced bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort and sometimes even abdominal pain. However, these unpleasant side effects are known to generally disappear in time.
A treatment with Precose will probably be less effective if the patient is also taking digestive-enzyme supplements -for example pancreatin (protease, amylase, lipase)- which can be found in medical products such as Cotazym, Arco-Lase, Donnazyme, Creon, Pancrease, Ku-Zyme, and so on.
Before you start to follow a treatment with Precose you must alert your personal health care specialist if you are using any of these drugs:
- A calcium channel blocker such as diltiazem (dilacor xr, cardizem), verapamil (verelan, calan, isoptin), nifedipine (adalat , procardia ), and so on;
- A phenothiazine such as prochlorperazine (compazine), chlorpromazine (thorazine), promethazine (promethegan, phenergan), and so on;
- A steroid drug such as methylprednisolone (medrol), prednisone (deltasone), and others;
- A thiazide diuretic like chlorthalidone (thalitone), indapamide (lozol), hydrochlorothiazide (hydrodiuril, hctz, others), chlorothiazide (diuril), and so on;
- A thyroid medication (levoxyl, synthroid, others);
- An estrogen (ogen, premarin, others);
- Phenytoin (dilantin, phenytek);
Other Brand Names
In some countries Precose may also be known as: