Compare Jardiance vs. Precose

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

Jardiance (empagliflozin)

Prescription only

Precose (acarbose)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Jardiance (empagliflozin) lowers blood sugar for people with diabetes, but can increase the chance of a yeast infection.

Lowers blood sugar.

Precose (acarbose) helps lower your post-mealtime blood sugar levels, but it must be taken at the beginning of each main meal in order for it to be most effective.

Upsides
  • Lowers A1c (average blood sugar over time) levels up to 1%.
  • Can prevent death from heart attack, stroke, or heart failure if you have pre-existing heart disease.
  • Can be easily taken orally as a pill.
  • Can cause weight loss.
  • Not likely to cause hypoglycemia or very low blood sugar.
  • Precose (acarbose) helps control meal-time blood sugar levels without causing weight gain.
  • When used alone it doesn't normally cause blood sugar levels to be too low unlike other anti-diabetes medicines.
  • Safe to be used in people age 65 or older.
  • Has relatively few interactions with other medicines.
Downsides
  • More expensive since it's available as brand name only.
  • Can cause dehydration.
  • Not a first choice medicine because it isn't as effective at lowering blood sugar compared to other treatment options.
  • Associated with bothersome side effects like excessive gas and diarrhea.
  • Relatively more expensive than other diabetes medicines.
  • Has to be taken three times a day with each meal.
  • Might cause episodes of low blood sugar when taken together with insulin or medicines that stimulate insulin release.
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Side effects
The Jardiance (empagliflozin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
3possible side effects
  • Excessive gas
    74%
  • Diarrhea
    31%
  • Stomach pain
    19%
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Risks and warnings
  • Low blood pressure

    Over age 65

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Worsening kidney function

    Dehydration

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Too much acid in the blood

    Type 1 diabetes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Low blood sugar

    Using insulin or other medicines that stimulate insulin release

  • Kidney function

    Those with kidney problems

  • Interactions with other medicines

    Taking multiple medicines together

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