Glucobay M

Glucobay M is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Glucobay M contains two medications which are Acarbose and metformin, metformin works to lower the production and absorption of sugar in the body. Acarbose on the other hand works to break down complex sugars to simple sugars.

Glucobay M

Acarbose, Metformin

Glucobay M


Bayer Pharma


Acarbose 25 mg / Metformin 500 mg, Acarbose 50 mg / Metformin 500 mg




Metformin is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

How it Works

Metformin helps in allowing the body to make full use of the reduced amount of Insulin that occurs in type 2 diabetes patients. Insulin occurs naturally in the body's pancreas which helps to control the level of glucose(Sugars) in your blood, insufficient or inaffective insulin results in the condition called diabetes mellitus. Metformin helps in treatment of the type 2 diabetes.

Common Side effects

Patients who take Metformin may suffer from such side effects; Headache,
Changes in the nails,
Altered taste,
Abdominal pain,
Loss of appetite,
A metallic taste in the mouth,



Acarbose is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus which is also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM)

How it Works

Acarbose works as a treatment for type 2 diabetes, Acarbose helps to low down the release of sugar into the blood as it is taken with a meal, thereby preventing an increase in blood sugar after the consumption of a meal, Acarbose may be used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes with other drugs. Lack of insulin produced by the pancreas causes diabetes symptoms. Acarbose helps control the blood sugar levels in the body. Acarbose works by slowing down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates from your digestive system. This helps to reduce the high blood sugar levels which occur after eating meals.

Common Side effects

Patients who take Acarbose may suffer from such side effects;

Itchy skin,
Stomach upset,
Skin rash,
Abdominal pain
Pain affecting the stomach

Expert advice

Before using Acarbose, inform your doctor about your current list of medications that you are taking, any allergies you may have, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions such as if you are pregnant or if you have an upcoming surgery. Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of Acarbose. Take this product as directed by your doctor, which will be adviced based on evaluation on your current health conditions. While taking acamprosate you have to strictly adhere to dietary instructions to ensure maximum effect of the medication. Acarbose may cause low blood sugar level or hypoglycemia if used with sulfonylurea or insulin. Acarbose may also cause elevated levels of the serum transaminase.


Should I consume Acarbose on an empty stomach, before food or after food?
-Acamprosate is normally consumed before food. However, we would advice you to follow your doctor's advice on how you should use this medicine.

Is Acarbose safe to consume or apply when pregnant or breastfeeding?

How often do i need to take Acarbose?
-You can use this medicine up to two to three times a day. However the best option is for you to follow your doctor's advice on the intake of this medication

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