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    What is Miglitol used for?

    Miglitol is an oral antidiabetic medication used to control high blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (non-insulin-dependent diabetes). Miglitol works by delaying the absorption of carbohydrates and this decreases blood sugar levels after a meal.

    Miglitol is used in addition to a proper diet and exercise program to treat high blood sugar levels. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent diabetes complications such as nerve problems, sexual function problems, kidney damage, blindness, heart attack, stroke and loss of limbs.

    Miglitol may be used alone or in combination with other diabetes medicine such as sulfonylurea. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Miglitol?

    The dosage of Miglitol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Take Miglitol by mouth with a full glass of water. Take each dose at the start of a main meal, or as directed by your physician.

    What if you miss a dose of Miglitol?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Miglitol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Miglitol?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Miglitol, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Miglitol?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Miglitol.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Miglitol, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Miglitol can interact with digestive enzymes, beta-blocker medications, intestinal adsorbents and steroid medications.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Miglitol?

    Like other medicines, Miglitol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Miglitol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Miglitol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Miglitol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Miglitol can cause side effects such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, gas or rash. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Miglitol.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Miglitol?

    Is it possible for me to take Miglitol with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Miglitol?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Miglitol?
    How will Miglitol work in my body?
    How should Miglitol be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Miglitol drug interactions and side effects?


    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Miglitol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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