This medicine is a glucosidase inhibitor used to treat type 2 diabetes. It is used along with diet and exercise. It may be used alone or with other antidiabetic medicines.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take this medicine at the start (with the first bite) of each main meal. IF YOU ALSO TAKE CHARCOAL OR DIGESTIVE ENZYME PREPARATIONS (eg, amylase, pancreatin), ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take them with this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT take 2 doses at once.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), calcium channel blockers (eg, verapamil), corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), digoxin, diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide), estrogen, insulin, isoniazid, nicotinic acid, oral contraceptives (birth control pills), phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), phenytoin, sulfonylureas (eg, glyburide), sympathomimetics (eg, pseudoephedrine), or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine). DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including stomach or bowel problems, liver problems or unexplained abnormal liver function tests, kidney problems, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have blockage of the stomach or bowel, of if you are at risk for these problems. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have inflammatory bowel disease, colon ulcers, cirrhosis of the liver, diabetic ketoacidosis (high ketone levels), severe kidney problems, or long-term (chronic) stomach or bowel problems that interfere with digestion or nutrient absorption. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include gas, bloating, diarrhea, or stomach pain. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience bloody stools; severe or persistent diarrhea or constipation; severe stomach pain; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine; pale stools; unusual or severe nausea, tiredness, or loss of appetite; yellowing of the skin or eyes); or unusual bruising or bleeding. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include gas, diarrhea, and stomach pain or discomfort.
DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.