What do you know about diabetes? Surely somewhere, you’ve heard about this disease, but you can hardly imagine what it is. However, today it is no longer just a disease, but a pandemic that has swept the whole world. Diabetes is part of 5 diseases that cause the death of a patient. The development of the disorder is associated with an increase in blood sugar. Unfortunately, without special tests, a person will not be able to feel the beginning of the development of the disease. This is one of the main reasons for the low percentage of diagnosing the initial stage of the disease when it is still possible to prevent the development of a full-fledged form of diabetes. Modern medicine is not able to completely cure this disorder. However, it can maintain it in a stable state. Specialists use a variety of drugs to help maintain a stable level of glucose in the blood. How exactly Precose stands out among similar tools, you will find out in our review.
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What is Precose?
Precose is an effective hypoglycemic drug developed by the German company Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. The drug is used to treat type 2 diabetes by normalizing blood glucose levels. Endocrinologists often prescribe Precose to their patients as an additional means to a specialized diet and exercise. The active substance of the Precose is Acarbose. It specifically affects the patient’s body, which distinguishes this medicine from similar hypoglycemic drugs. Precose does not increase insulin secretion. Acarbose reduces the absorption of glucose in the intestines after a meal, so prolonged use of the drug stabilizes the level of glucose in the blood. With the right dosage, the likelihood of hypoglycemia is extremely small. For this reason, the use of the drug is directly related to food intake. However, we’ll talk about this a bit later.
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals produces the drug in the form of round tablets in various colors, including white and yellow. Acarbose is available in a dosage of 25 mg, 50 mg or 100 mg. Each tablet indicates the dose of the active substance. The drug is packaged in plastic bottles with different volumes of pills.
What are the components of Precose?
Acarbose is the main active ingredient in the drug. The medicine is available in 3 different dosages. The shell of each tablet contains the following components: starch, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose. All ingredients are safe and not harmful to patients.
Endocrinologists note that Precose is suitable for most patients. However, there are several contraindications for use. Clinical studies have shown that a patient should not take Acarbose in the following cases:
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Various bowel diseases
- Contraindicated in children
Unfortunately, clinical studies have not been conducted to determine the safety of the Precose during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Animal tests have shown no negative effects. However, endocrinologists do not recommend taking Acarbose for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How to take Precose?
The patient must strictly observe the dosage prescribed by the doctor to avoid side effects. A single daily dosage does not exist. Endocrinologists prescribe the Acarbose, taking into account many factors and observing a gradual change in blood glucose levels.
The recommended starting dosage is 25 mg. You should take Precose orally with a glass of water while eating. The daily volume should be divided into equal 3 parts. If a decrease in blood glucose did not show the desired results, then the dosage should be increased. Such an increase should be carried out no more than 1 time within 4-6 weeks. Of course, an increase in the daily dosage should not be taken independently. The attending physician should supervise this procedure.
The maximum daily dosage depends on the weight of the patient. With a weight of less than 60 kg, it is 50 mg. Otherwise, the dosage can reach 100 mg.
Years of experience have shown that Precose is a safe drug. No life-threatening side effects have been reported. However, negative symptoms can still appear due to an overdose or individual intolerance to the drug. Most often, endocrinologists record the following symptoms:
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (extremely rare)
- Abdominal pain
If you are concerned about these symptoms, then contact your doctor. He will adjust the daily dosage or replace the drug with a safer one for you.
Precose actively interacts with other drugs, as a result of which its hypoglycemic properties can both increase and decrease. Moreover, additional intestinal upsets are possible. Therefore, it is very important to consult with a specialist and tell him about all the drugs taken. Only an experienced endocrinologist can replace drugs with safer ones.
According to the instructions, Precose should be stored in a dry, warm place. Children should not have access to medicine. Vials with tablets must be tightly closed to avoid moisture. Storage temperature should not exceed 25 degrees Celsius. Under such conditions, Acarbose will retain its beneficial properties for 3 years from the date of production.