Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors are of two types, acarbose and miglitol. They block the enzymes of digestive system which are responsible for the break down of the starches you eat. The sugar produced is absorbed slowly and helps prevent the rise of blood sugar level throughout the day, but usually right after meals. Drugs under this class are Acarbose (Precose) and Miglitol (Glyset).
- Stomach problems such as gas, bloating and diarrhea etc.- temporary effects.
- High dosages may cause permanent changes in liver.