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Brand name: Glucobay

Glucobay is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) acarbose. On this page you will find out more about Glucobay, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: acarbose

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Glucobay 50 mg tablet, 90

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

As an adjunct to prescribed diet and exercise for the management of blood glucose concentrations in non-insulin dependent diabetic patients who are inadequately controlled by diet alone or by diet and oral hypoglycaemic agents.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance white to yellow-tinged round biconvex tablets, with the Bayer cross marked on one side and "G" and "50" on the reverse.

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Dosage Form Tablet
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
120 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
30 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
90 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There are 3 types of pack available. You'll need to identify which type of pack you have in order to use this information.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
Pack type 2
Pack type 2
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
Pack type 3
Pack type 3
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 36 Months
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

Check if you can use your medicine whilst playing sport. Search the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) database that provides information about the prohibited status of specific medications and/or the active ingredient based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

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Glucobay | myVMC

Glucobay is a treatment for type 2 diabetes. It contains acarbose which controls blood glucose levels by interfering with the digestion of sugars.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Glucobay Tablets - myDr.com.au

Glucobay Tablets - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

Read more on myDr – Consumer Medicine Information website

Tablets

Tablets Medication for type 2 diabetes People with type 2 diabetes are often given medications including insulin to help control their blood glucose levels

Read more on Diabetes Australia website

Hypoglycaemia

Hypoglycaemia Hypoglycaemia, sometimes called a hypo or low, is a condition that occurs when a persons blood glucose level (BGL) has dropped too low, below 4mmol/L

Read more on Diabetes Australia website

Blood Glucose Control (Blood Sugar Levels) | myVMC

Our blood glucose level, or blood sugar level,is the amount of glucose in the blood. Glucose levels are measured most commonly to diagnose or to monitor diabetes. It is also important to keep an eye on blood glucose levels during certain situations, such aspregnancy, pancreatitis and increasing age.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

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