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28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a growing concern worldwide, and in the USA in particular, with clinicians encountering the condition more frequently and at younger ages than in previous years. Acarbose is approved for treating adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus as an adjunct to diet only or diet and exercise, depending on the patient's health status. This activity outlines the indications, contraindications, interactions, monitoring, and other therapeutic information pertinent to members of an interprofessional team in caring for patients using acarbose therapy.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the mechanism of action of acarbose.
  • Summarize the potential adverse effects of acarbose.
  • Describe appropriate monitoring for acarbose therapy.
  • Review interprofessional team strategies for improving care coordination and communication when using acarbose to improve patient outcomes for glucose control.


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Continuing Education Accreditation Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, and StatPearls, LLC. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
American Board of Pathology
  • Endocrine
  • GI (incl. Liver, Pancreas, Bilary)
American Board of Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Pediatric Endocrinology

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  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment.
  6. Obtain a certificate.

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  • Name: 'Acarbose.jpg' Attribution: Contributes by Acarbose Wayne, NJ: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.; 2011.


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Just need the patient population with some of these disease states or medications.

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I appreciate this more in-depth assessment of acarbose and will be seeking out those StatPearls activities that similarly detail the other medication options for the diabetic state. I would also appreciate discussions regarding nondrug options for care, in particular the options that assist with weight loss.

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