What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acarbose?
• Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have • inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, or any other disease of the intestines; • ulcers of the colon; • a blockage or obstruction in the intestines; • liver disease; or • kidney disease. • You may not be able to take acarbose, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above. • Contact your doctor if you develop a fever or an infection, require surgery, or if you experience a serious injury. Illness or injury may cause a loss of blood sugar control and insulin (or an adjustment of a current insulin dose) may be required for a period of time. • Acarbose is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take acarbose without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. • Acarbose passes into breast milk and m