Product Information: Acarbose (Glucobay)
Acarbose (also known as Glucobay®) is a drug that is used in the treatment of diabetes because it helps control blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates (simple and complex starches/sugars) from the diet. In this way it reduces the abnormally high blood sugar levels that occur after each meal. This is important to control because as insulin levels normally increase with age.
Sear's described the four pillars of pro-aging as;
This theory is expounded in Dr. Dean and Professor Vladimir's neuroendocrine theory of aging.
This has been why Dr. Dean is prescribing Metformin to nearly all his patients over the age of 45, (Metformin is also is used to treat type-2 diabetes) in order to make the receptors more sensitive to insulin. We all become diabetic with age (because the parameters for testing are altered according to chronological age), and diabetes can be viewed as an accelerated aging.
Acarbose prevents sugar spikes at the end of a meal and also helps stabilise sugar levels throughout the day. This has important implications for aging, as it can help control energy and mood levels that are directly linked to sugar levels. Furthermore, because one is more likely to feel sated, Acarbose can act as a powerful appetitive suppressant and therefore aids in a diet. Dr. Dean is now recommending the use of Metformin and Acarbose for virtually all his patients over the age of 45.
Do not use Acarbose if you have any liver or kidney conditions. Avoid use if you suffer from intestinal, inflammation or ulceration disorders and seek the advice of your physician before use if you are diabetic.
Acarbose doses as anti-aging/ appetite suppression are 1 tablet (50mg each) once, twice or three times daily. The tablets should be chewed and swallowed prior to a meal or with the first mouthful of food.
Side effects of flatulence, diarrhoea and abdominal pain have been noted in rare cases with initial use. If this occurs reduce (or stop) the dosage and gradually increase and these problems should disappear.
Tablets, each containing 50 mg acarbose. The tablets also contain starch, cellulose, magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide. Glucobay 50 comes in packs of 90 tablets. Glucobay 50 contains acarbose which is one of a group of substances known as glucosidase inhibitors which are used to treat diabetes.
Why have I been prescribed Glucobay 50
by my doctor?
When should I not take Glucobay?
What special precautions should I take?
WHEN TAKING GLUCOBAY DO NOT TREAT A HYPOGLYCAEMIC EPISODE WITH ORDINARY SUGAR (SUCROSE). INSTEAD TAKE SOME GLUCOSE (ALSO KNOWN AS DEXTROSE) TABLETS, SYRUP, OR SWEETS WHICH SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM YOUR LOCAL PHARMACIST.
This medicine may affect the levels of certain proteins called enzymes in your blood. Your doctor may wish to see you more frequently in order to monitor the levels of these enzymes. Glucobay may alter the effect of other drugs or, alternatively, some drugs may alter the effect of Glucobay. If you are using any of the following drugs, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine:
When and how do I take Glucobay?
DO NOT EXCEED THE PRESCRIBED DOSE.
If you do exceed the prescribed dose, or in the event of an overdose, you may experience diarrhea and other intestinal symptoms such as flatulence (wind) and abdominal pain. If you take more than the prescribed dose, or in the event of an overdose, avoid the intake of carbohydrate containing food or drinks and seek medical advice immediately. If possible, take your tablets or the pack with you to show the doctor.
What should I do if I miss one or
What undesirable effects may I experience?
DO NOT TAKE INDIGESTION (ANTACID) PREPARATIONS FOR TREATING THESE SYMPTOMS, AS THEY ARE UNLIKELY TO HAVE ANY BENEFICIAL EFFECT. IF YOUR SYMPTOMS PERSIST FOR MORE THAN 2 OR 3 DAYS, OR IF THEY ARE SEVERE, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR, PARTICULARLY IN THE CASE OF DIARRHOEA.
Less common side effects include inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and skin reactions such as redness, rash and urticaria (hives). Glucobay tablets may cause an increase in the levels of certain proteins called enzymes in your blood. These effects go away when treatment is stopped.
IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY UNDESIRABLE EFFECTS, TELL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY. YOUR DOCTOR WILL GIVE YOU ADVICE.
How should I store my Glucobay tablets?
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
Do not use tablets beyond the expiry date that is marked on both the outer container and on each blister strip of tablets. If you find that you have tablets after their expiry date, return them to your local pharmacist who will dispose of them properly.
REMEMBER: THIS MEDICINE HAS BEEN PRESCRIBED FOR YOU. DO NOT GIVE IT TO ANYONE ELSE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT TAKING GLUCOBAY CORRECTLY SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR.
© 2001 - 2008 Biogenesis Laboratories