FDA Approves Bayer's Precose

Treating type 2 diabetes.

It is used along with diet and exercise. It may be used alone or with other antidiabetic medicines.

Precose is a glucosidase inhibitor. It works by slowing down the enzyme that turns carbohydrates into glucose. This decreases blood sugar levels following a meal.

A healthcare provider may prescribe Precose to help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Precose works by slowing the digestion of carbohydrates from the diet, helping to decrease the rise in blood sugar that usually happens after meals. Common side effects can include gas, diarrhea, and abdominal pain (or stomach pain). The medication comes in tablet form and is taken three times a day.

Precose is an oral medication used to treat type 2 (noninsulin-dependent) diabetes when high blood sugar levels cannot be controlled by diet alone. Precose works by slowing the body's digestion of carbohydrates so that blood sugar levels won't surge upward after a meal. Precose may be taken alone or in combination with certain other diabetes medications.

Precose is an oral alpha-glucosidase inhibitor for use in the management of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Precose, as monotherapy, is indicated as an adjunct to diet to lower blood glucose in subjects with NIDDM whose hyperglycemia cannot be managed on diet alone. Precose may also be used in combination with sulfonylurea when diet plus either Precose or a sulfonylurea do not result in adequate glycemic control. The effect of Precose to enhance glycemic control is additive to that of sulfonylurea when used in combination, presumably because its mechanism of action is different.