alpha-glucosidase inhibitor

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Any member of a group of oral hypoglycaemic drugs, including acarbose (Glucobay), used for treating type 2 diabetes mellitus. They reduce the breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates in the intestine by blocking the action of an important enzyme (α-glucosidase) in this process. Side-effects include flatulence and diarrhoea.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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