Compare glyburide vs. Precose

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

Diabeta
(glyburide)

Precose
(acarbose)

Lowers blood sugar. Diabeta (glyburide) is a good oral anti-diabetic medicine, but can cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.Coming soon.
Find lowest prices
Powered by GoodRxSave on your next prescription. Be sure you’re getting the lowest price for your medication, even if you have insurance.
Coupons for glyburide
Best available price for 60 (5mg) tablets of glyburide
Coupons for Precose
Best available price for 90 (25mg) tablets of acarbose
Reviews & ratings
Filter group. All currently selected
Filter group. All currently selected
4.42glyburide
Reviews for Diabeta (glyburide)
45%
of people (All ages) say Diabeta (glyburide) is worth it
34%
say it works well
21%
say it's a big hassle
110 reviews
Have you used Diabeta (glyburide)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Precose (acarbose)
Not enough review data. Review it!
+55% better vs. Diabeta (glyburide)
Not enough review data. Review it!
+66% better vs. Diabeta (glyburide)
Not enough review data. Review it!
+21% better vs. Diabeta (glyburide)
Have you used Precose (acarbose)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
glyburidePrecose
  • Nausea and heartburn 2%
  • Skin allergies 2%
More glyburide side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Precose side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Precose »
How it works
glyburidePrecose
Diabeta (glyburide) stimulates your body to release insulin and lower blood sugar.Coming soon.
Type of medication
glyburidePrecose
Prescription only
Available as
glyburidePrecose
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
glyburidePrecose
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
glyburidePrecose
  • Over age 65
  • Kidney problems
  • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
  • Alcohol
  • Intense physical activity
Detailed Diabeta (glyburide) risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
    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
    • Try to avoid drinking alcohol while on Diabeta (glyburide).
    No alcohol related info.
    Food
    glyburidePrecose
    • Eat well-balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    glyburidePrecose
    • Not ideal for elderly or those with poor kidney function.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Weight
    glyburidePrecose
    • Can cause weight gain (about 2 to 3 pounds).
    • Can cause weight gain, dizziness, or stomach upset.
    No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    glyburidePrecose
    • Available as an oral tablet.
    • Lowers your A1c (average blood sugar over time) up to 2%.
    • Available in generic version.
    • Available in single pill combination with other anti-diabetic medicines.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    glyburidePrecose
    • More likely to cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar than other types of oral anti-diabetics.
    • You will have to check your blood sugar often when you first start taking it.
    • Can cause weight gain (about 2 to 3 pounds).
    • Not ideal for elderly or those with poor kidney function.
    • May not work as well for those with severe diabetes and when pancreas cannot produce insulin.
    Coming soon
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    glyburidePrecose
    • Check your blood sugar regularly.
    • Eat well-balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
    • Works best if you take it 30 minutes before first main meal of the day.
    • Can cause weight gain, dizziness, or stomach upset.
    • Try to avoid drinking alcohol while on Diabeta (glyburide).
    Coming soon
    Learn more
    More about glyburideSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
    Have you used Diabeta (glyburide)?
    Worth itNot sureNot worth it
    More about PrecoseSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
    Have you used Precose (acarbose)?
    Worth itNot sureNot worth it