A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Glucobay in the UK
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Chemical Name Acarbose (AY-car-bose)
Precose medication is used control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes type 2. It is usually used along with a properly maintained diet and exercise. A controlled blood sugar level is vital for the proper functioning of the body and prevents problems such as kidney damage, loss of limbs, blindness, and sexual function issues that are caused due to high blood sugar. It may also help prevent heart failure and stroke. Precose 100 mg works by slowing down the breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates in the intestine. This helps prevent the sudden spike in blood sugar levels after a meal.
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This medication needs to be taken orally with the first bite of a meal. The usual dose of this drug is about thrice, daily. Take the medication regularly for the best results.
Precose medication is available as acarbose 25 mg, acarbose 50 mg, and acarbose 100 mg tablets.
It also contains other ingredients such as starch, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, and colloidal silicon dioxide.
All medications need to be taken by the doctor’s recommendation. Do not alter doses or skip doses.
A few side effects are associated with the use of Precose. These side effects are mentioned below:
Consult a doctor at once if any of these signs aggravate.