Miglitol delays the digestion of carbohydrates (forms of sugar) in your body. This decreases the amount of sugar that passes into your blood after a meal and prevents periods of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Miglitol helps control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Miglitol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Glyset is a medication for diabetics that contains miglitol, an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor that is used in the management of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. This type of diabetes is also called type 2 diabetes. It is in most cases uses with diet and exercise to help reduce the amount of sugar in the blood. It works by reducing absorption of carbohydrates and blood sugar into the body.