Also known as pseudotetrasaccharide, Acarbose is a sugar that acts as an α-glucosidase inhibitor. The glucosidase in the intestine acts as a catalyst that activates hydrolysis from oligo-, tri- and disaccharides to monosaccharides. This mitigates the increase in blood sugar levels after meals. Developed by Bayer, it is used as an antidiabetic for treatment in type 2 diabetes.

Formula: C25H43NO18

Molecular weight: 645.61 g/mol

Molecular size: Small

Controlled Substance: No

Precursor: No

Indications: Drugs used in diabetes

Status: Commercial

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