Compare Glyburide vs. Precose

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Diabeta
(Glyburide)

Precose
(Acarbose)

Lowers blood sugar. Glyburide is a very effective oral blood sugar-lowering medicine, but has more side effects and restrictions compared to other medicines in this class (sulfonylureas).Coming soon.
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Reviews for Diabeta (Glyburide)
46%
of people (All ages) say Diabeta (Glyburide) is worth it
33%
say it works well
20%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
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The Glyburide FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
GlyburidePrecose
Glyburide is an anti-diabetic drug. It stimulates your body to make more insulin to lower blood sugar.Coming soon.
Type of medication
GlyburidePrecose
Anti-diabetic
Sulfonylurea
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
GlyburidePrecose
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
GlyburidePrecose
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
GlyburidePrecose
    • Elderly
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Alcohol
    • Intense physical activity
    • History of sulfa allergies
    Detailed Diabeta (Glyburide) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Alcohol
    GlyburidePrecose
    • Avoid drinking alcohol.
    No alcohol related info.
    Food
    GlyburidePrecose
    • Eat regular, balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    GlyburidePrecose
    • Not a good choice for people with kidney problems because it's processed by the kidneys.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Weight
    GlyburidePrecose
    • Can cause mild weight gain (2 to 3 pounds).
    • Can cause weight gain, dizziness, or stomach upset.
    No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    GlyburidePrecose
    • Oral blood sugar-lowering medicine.
    • Lowers A1c levels by 1-2%. (Hemoglobin A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
    • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
    • One of the least expensive diabetes medicines.
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    Downsides and risks
    GlyburidePrecose
    • Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than other kinds of oral diabetes medicines.
    • You have to check your blood sugar 2 to 5 times a week (less often once you are on a stable dose).
    • Can cause mild weight gain (2 to 3 pounds).
    • Not preferred for people 65 years or older since it can cause prolonged low blood sugar (more than 12 hours).
    • Not a good choice for people with kidney problems because it's processed by the kidneys.
    • Loses effectiveness over time or as your body stops making insulin.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    GlyburidePrecose
    • Works best if you take it 30 minutes before a meal, usually your first big meal of the day.
    • Can cause weight gain, dizziness, or stomach upset.
    • Avoid drinking alcohol.
    • Eat regular, balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
    • Check your blood sugar regularly.
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