Compare Precose vs. Levemir
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
Levemir is a long-acting insulin that provides all-day sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.
- 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.
- Insulin is the most effective blood sugar-lowering medicine. When used correctly, it'll lower blood sugar every time you use it and prevent the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
- Levemir is a long-lasting insulin that provides consistent, all-day sugar control with less risk of low blood sugar.
- Dose can be easily adjusted to make a customized regimen that's tailored to your body.
- Starting insulin early in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin-producing cells and slow down disease progression.
- Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
- 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.
- You have to take insulin by injection.
- You have to check your blood sugar every day.
- Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
- Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than other kinds of diabetes medicines.
- Excessive gas74%
- Stomach pain19%
- 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
- Life-threatening low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)
Insulin dose too high
...and 4 more risk factors
- Complications due to low potassium
Use of other medicine that lowers potassium
...and 1 more risk factors