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. This form of insulin is one of the few medications in its class that you can get without a prescription, but it's expensive.
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› 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.
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› 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.
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› People on Humulin (Human Insulin) can experience weight gain. Talk to your doctor or dietitian about changing your diet if this bothers you.
Upsides and benefits
› 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.
› Some types of this medication are available without a prescription.
› Available as a shot to be injected into the fatty part of the skin, and as a powder to be inhaled through your nose.
› Available in different combinations so that you can do one shot or multiple shots a day.
Downsides and risks
› 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.
› Has to be taken exactly as directed or it can cause high or low blood sugar.
› As with all insulins, you have to work with your doctor closely to make sure you're giving yourself the correct dose, or you can have low or high blood sugar.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› 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.
› Change the location where you give yourself the shot every time.
› Don't use if the liquid in the vial looks different than normal.
› Store the unopened vials in the refrigerator. The used vials can be kept at room temperature for up to 28 days.
› Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.