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Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 1988;34(1):51-3.

Effectiveness of acarbose, an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, in uncontrolled non-obese non-insulin dependent diabetes.

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Diabetic and Dietetic Department, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK.


The effect of acarbose, an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, on glycaemic control, was compared with placebo in a double-blind, randomised, group comparison study during 16 weeks in 20 non-obese non-insulin dependent diabetic patients in whom sulphonylurea treatment had been withdrawn. There was significant deterioration in glycaemic control as assessed by HbA1 following withdrawal of the sulphonylurea. There was no significant improvement in HbA1 between weeks 0 and 16 in either the acarbose (11.3% and 12.4% respectively) or the placebo group (10.6% and 12.2% respectively). In both the acarbose and placebo treated groups fasting glucose and insulin concentrations were unaltered. This study also suggests that acarbose was not an effective substitute for sulphonylureas in non-obese Type 2 diabetes uncontrolled by diet alone.

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