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Precose is used along with diet and exercise to treat type 2 diabetes. Precose can be used alone or with other antidiabetic treatments. Precose works by slowing down the enzyme that turns carbohydrates into glucose for the body to use. This decreases the blood sugar levels in the body after a meal.
Store Precose at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep Precose in a tightly sealed container. Keep away from pets and children.
Precaution: Some medical conditions can interfere with the effectiveness of Precose. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan on becoming pregnant before taking Precose. The medicine in Precose may pass through breast milk. Do not take Precose without telling your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor about any prescription and non-prescription medications that you are using. Some medicines can interact with Precose and cause unwanted side effects. Tell your doctor if you have severe intestinal or kidney problems.
Proper diet and exercise are required in order to lose weight and keep it off. Follow your health care providers instructions about dieting and exercising. Diabetes patients should carry an ID card that says they have diabetes. Check your blood sugar levels on a regular basis. If they are often higher than they normally are and you take Precose as directed by your doctor, call your doctor. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Precose. When used with other medicines for diabetes, Precose can cause a loss of blood sugar control. Your doctor may need to adjust the amount of medicine you are taking.
Patient Family Information: Follow your doctor’s instructions when taking Precose. Read the prescription label for exact instructions. If you are confused ask your doctor or pharmacist to verify the instructions. Take this medication with food by mouth. If you also use charcoal or digestive enzyme preparations, do not take them within 2 to 4 hours before or after taking your dose of Precose. During periods of stress (post-surgery, trauma, fever, or infection) you may need to take insulin temporarily. If you miss a dose of Precose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
Contraindication: Do not take Precose if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Precose, if you have a blockage in the stomach or intestines, If you have long-term bowel inflammation, colon ulcers, or stomach or intestine problems that interfere with your nutrient absorption or digestion, if you have cirrhosis of the liver, if you have diabetic ketoacidosis, or if you have severe kidney problems.
Sever Side Effects: Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Precose: rash, hives, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, or swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, or face. Call your doctor if you experience any o
Common Side Effects: Less serious side effects include: bloating; diarrhea; gas; nausea; stomach pain; or vomiting.
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