Compare Precose vs. Glucotrol

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

Precose (acarbose)

Prescription only

Glucotrol (glipizide)

Prescription only
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.

Lowers blood sugar.

Glucotrol (glipizide) is an effective medicine for lowering blood sugar, but it can cause your blood sugar level to be too low so you must always carry some form of sugar with you that can be readily used.

4.3/ 7 average rating with 332 reviewsforGlucotrol
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Lowers A1c levels by 1-2%.
  • Glucotrol (glipizide) is an oral medicine so it might be a good alternative for those who don't like injections.
  • Protects your organs and blood vessels by preventing the harmful effects of high blood sugar levels.
  • Okay to use by people with kidney problems.
  • Available as a generic form and is relatively cheap.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Has a higher risk than other diabetes medicine for causing blood sugar levels to be too low.
  • While taking Glucotrol (glipizide), your blood sugars should be checked 2 to 5 times a week, but less often once you are on a stable dose.
  • Can cause mild weight gain of 2-3lb.
  • Might lose its effectiveness over time.
  • Needs to be taken 30 minutes before a meal for it to be most effective.
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  • Extended release pill
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332 
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think this treatment is worth it
32%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Excessive gas
    74%
  • Diarrhea
    31%
  • Stomach pain
    19%
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9possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Nervousness
    4%
  • Tremor
    4%
  • Low blood sugar
    3%
  • Constipation
    3%
  • Passing gas
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Headache
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • 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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  • Low blood sugar

    Skipping meals or having inconsistent meal times

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Severe allergic reaction

    History of allergy to sulfa-containing medicine

  • Kidney and liver disease

    Those with kidney and/or liver disease

  • Breakdown of red blood cells

    People with G6PD deficiency

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