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Generic Name: Acarbose

Acarbose is used along with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Acarbose works by slowing the breakdown of starch (carbohydrates) from the food you eat into sugar, so that your blood sugar level does not rise as much after a meal.



Astemizole is used in the treatment of allergic conditions causing runny nose (rhinitis), redness and watering of eyes (conjunctivitis), skin rashes (urticaria), and allergic reactions to drugs and food. However, it has been withdrawn from the market due to adverse effects on the heart rhythm (QT prolongation).



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