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Acar contains Acarbose as the active ingredient which belongs to a group of medicines called 'alpha glucosidase inhibitors' which are used to treat non-insulin dependent diabetes. Acarbose works by controlling your blood sugar levels. This is achieved by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates (complex sugars) in your food into simpler sugars and therefore reduces the high blood sugar levels which can occur after each meal.
Acar can be used to treat diabetes when a restricted diet alone or in combination with other sugar-lowering medicines does not work well enough.
Acar is used in the treatment of non-insulin dependent (type II) diabetes mellitus in patients inadequately controlled on diet alone, or on diet and oral hypoglycaemic agents.
It is for adults aged over 18 years.
Direction to Use
It is important that you take your tablets at the start of a meal and not at any other time. They should preferably be chewed with the first mouthful of food. If you prefer not to chew your tablets they should be swallowed whole with a little liquid immediately before your meal.
Very common side effects (probably affecting more than 1 in 10 people) :
Common side effects (probably affecting fewer than 1 in 10 people):
• stomach pain
Uncommon side effects (probably affecting fewer than 1 in 100 people):
• nausea and vomiting (feeling and being sick)
• increase in liver enzymes