Compare Metaglip vs. Precose

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

Metaglip
(metformin / glipizide)

Precose
(acarbose)

Coming soon.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.
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Side effects
MetaglipPrecose

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

FDA side effect reports for Metaglip »
  • Excessive gas 46%
  • Diarrhea 19%
  • Stomach pain 10%
More Precose side effects »
How it works
MetaglipPrecose
Coming soon.Precose (acarbose) stops an enzyme in your body from turning carbohydrates into sugar for energy. As a result, your body will absorb less sugar from the foods that you eat which will lead to lower blood sugar levels.
Type of medication
MetaglipPrecose
Prescription only
Available as
MetaglipPrecose
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
MetaglipPrecose
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
MetaglipPrecose
    Coming soon.
    • Using insulin or other medicines that stimulate insulin release
    • Those with kidney problems
    • Taking multiple medicines together
    Detailed Precose (acarbose) risks & warnings »
    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.

    Interactions
    MetaglipPrecose
    No interactions related info.
    • Has relatively few interactions with other medicines.
    Kidneys and liver
    MetaglipPrecose
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Precose (acarbose) is not a recommended treatment option if you have bad kidney function or kidney problems. Your doctor will have you do a blood test to decide if this is the right medicine for you.
    Pain
    MetaglipPrecose
    No pain related info.
    • Causes side effects usually during the first few weeks of treatment including stomach pain, excessive gas, and diarrhea that will become less bothersome with time.
    Weight
    MetaglipPrecose
    No weight related info.
    • Precose (acarbose) helps control meal-time blood sugar levels without causing weight gain.
    Upsides and benefits
    MetaglipPrecose
    Coming soon
    • 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 and risks
    MetaglipPrecose
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    MetaglipPrecose
    Coming soon
    • Take Precose (acarbose) with the first bite of each main meal.
    • Don't take the medicine for the times you have skipped a meal.
    • Causes side effects usually during the first few weeks of treatment including stomach pain, excessive gas, and diarrhea that will become less bothersome with time.
    • You should continue to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and monitor your blood sugar levels while taking Precose (acarbose).
    • Your doctor will work with you to increase your dose gradually.
    • Carry glucose tablets with you at all times so that you can take them when your blood sugar drops to dangerously low levels. This is more likely to happen if you are also using insulin or a medicine that stimulates insulin release.
    Learn more
    More about MetaglipSide effectsFDA package insert
    Have you used Metaglip (metformin / glipizide)?
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    Have you used Precose (acarbose)?
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