Acarbose and Metformin: Useful Drugs for Type 2’s

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By: Jennifer Pearson

A recent study has concluded that acarbose and metformin can be used as effective therapies in people with type 2 diabetes who are poorly controlled with a sulfonylurea agent alone. Better glycemic control was achieved by patients in the study who also took acarbose or metformin, as opposed to just a sulfonylurea.

One disadvantage of the acarbose combination is the frequency of gastrointestinal side effects, but these effects decline after a few days. (Mitase Bayraktar et al., Diabetes Care 19:252-4, Mar. 1996)

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