Compare Byetta vs. Glucovance

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Byetta
(exenatide)

Glucovance
(metformin / glyburide)

Lowers blood sugar. Byetta (Exenatide) can lower your blood sugars in addition to metformin. It does not increase your appetite unlike some other anti-diabetics, but must be given by injection and usually causes upset stomach.Lowers blood sugar. Glucovance (Metformin / Glyburide) is a very effective combo medication to lower blood sugar when taking one medication alone isn't enough. It's likely to cause diarrhea for the first few weeks, and you can’t drink much alcohol.
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Side effects
ByettaGlucovance
  • Low blood sugar 11%
  • Nausea 33%
  • Diarrhea 10%
  • Vomiting 14%
  • Headache 10%
  • Constipation 8%
  • Indigestion 5%
  • Weakness 4%
  • Abdominal swelling 3%
  • Loss of appetite 3%
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  • Upper respiratory infection 3%
  • Diarrhea 11%
  • Nausea/vomiting 2%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Gi side effects 8%
  • Low blood sugar 8%
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How it works
ByettaGlucovance
Byetta (Exenatide) enhances the release of insulin in your gut and pancreas to lower your blood sugar.Glucovance (Metformin / Glyburide) is a combination medication for diabetes. Metformin lowers sugar (glucose) production in your body, decreases the amount of glucose getting into your blood, and makes your body more sensitive to insulin. Glyburide helps your body make more insulin to lower blood sugar.
Type of medication
ByettaGlucovance
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
ByettaGlucovance
  • Injection
  • Pill
Used for
ByettaGlucovance
Risk factors for serious side effects
ByettaGlucovance
  • Severe renal impairment
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Severe gastrointestinal disease
  • Gastroparesis
Detailed Byetta (exenatide) risks & warnings »
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Using contrast dye for procedures
  • Surgery
Detailed Glucovance (metformin / glyburide) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Alcohol
ByettaGlucovance
No alcohol related info.
  • Can't drink excessive amounts of alcohol or “binge drink” while taking this.
  • Try limiting the amount of alcohol you drink while taking this medication.
Kidneys and liver
ByettaGlucovance
  • If you have severe kidney or liver problems, you should not take Byetta (Exenatide). Talk to your doctor about testing your kidneys before starting Byetta (Exenatide). People taking medications that are damaging to kidneys such as ACE inhibitors, NSAIDs or diuretics in addition to Byetta (Exenatide) may notice nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • People with poor kidney function can't use Glucovance (Metformin / Glyburide).
  • Glucovance (Metformin / Glyburide) can cause lactic acidosis, a rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use Glucovance (Metformin / Glyburide). It may not be a good choice for people with kidney problems. Glucovance (Metformin / Glyburide) should be stopped 48 hours before and/or after surgery or procedure that'll use contrast dye.
Pain
ByettaGlucovance
  • Using Byetta (Exenatide) has been associated with stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you have severe gastrointestinal disease such as Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, you should talk to your doctor about using a different medicine for diabetes. You should not use Byetta (Exenatide) if you have gastroparesis, a condition that causes slow or irregular digestion. Gastroparesis can be common for people that have had uncontrolled diabetes for a while.
No pain related info.
Weight
ByettaGlucovance
No weight related info.
  • Can cause some weight gain.
Upsides and benefits
ByettaGlucovance
  • Can lower your A1c (average blood sugar over time) by 1%.
  • Not as likely to cause very low blood sugar as glyburine or insulin.
  • Does not increase your appetite like other anti-diabetic medicines.
  • Pen is dialed to a single dose for easy injections.
  • A combination medication that lowers your blood sugar in multiple ways. It's used by people who need tighter control of their blood sugar.
  • Can greatly lower A1c levels. The Hemoglobin A1c test measures your average blood sugar levels over the last few months.
  • Prevents harmful effects of high blood sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
  • Also lowers certain lipid (fat and cholesterol) levels.
Downsides and risks
ByettaGlucovance
  • Byetta (Exenatide) must be injected twice a day. Other medicines like it can be injected once daily or even weekly.
  • It commonly causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or indigestion.
  • Can affect how well your antibiotics and birth control pills work. Take them no sooner than one hour after your injections.
  • There's a higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than with other kinds of oral diabetes medications.
  • Most people will have nausea, stomach upset, or diarrhea in the first few weeks. You can lower these symptoms if you take it on a full stomach.
  • People with poor kidney function can't use Glucovance (Metformin / Glyburide).
  • Can't drink excessive amounts of alcohol or “binge drink” while taking this.
  • Can cause some weight gain.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
ByettaGlucovance
  • Inject into your belly, thighs, or upper arms within an hour of your main meals.
  • Store unused pens in the refrigerator.
  • After first use, pens can be kept at room temperature for 30 days.
  • Change the needle and prime the pen every time you inject.
  • If you're also on insulin, don't inject into the same site.
  • Best to check your blood sugar once a day to make sure your medicine is working properly.
  • Can cause upset stomach, nausea, and diarrhea in the first couple of weeks.
  • Works best if you take it 30 minutes before a meal, usually your first big meal of the day.
  • Tell your doctor about any deep or rapid breathing, persistent nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.
  • Try limiting the amount of alcohol you drink while taking this medication.
  • Check your blood sugar regularly.
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