Which medications in the drug class Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors are used in the treatment of Glucose Intolerance?

Updated: Jun 28, 2019
  • Author: Samuel T Olatunbosun, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors

These agents include acarbose and miglitol, medications that slow the digestive and absorptive process, preventing postprandial glucose surges.

Acarbose (Precose)

Acarbose slows digestive and absorptive processes. It delays hydrolysis of ingested complex carbohydrates and disaccharides and absorption of glucose. Acarbose inhibits the metabolism of sucrose to glucose and fructose.

Miglitol (Glyset)

Miglitol delays glucose absorption in the small intestine and lowers postprandial hyperglycemia.


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