Compare Onglyza vs. Byetta

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Onglyza (saxagliptin)

Prescription only

Byetta (Exenatide)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Onglyza (saxagliptin) can cause heart failure unlike other medicines that work just like it.

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.

Upsides
  • DRUG-NAME is an oral blood sugar lowering medicine. It's a good option if you don't like injections.
  • Does not cause weight gain.
  • May be a good option for those with bad liver function.
  • Does not cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when taken by itself.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Typically not first-choice treatment for diabetes.
  • Only lowers A1C (average blood sugar over time) by ~0.5%.
  • Risk for heart failure has not been seen in other medicines that work just like it.
  • May be more expensive than other anti-diabetic medicines.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
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Side effects
The Onglyza (saxagliptin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
3possible side effects
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Upset stomach
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • inflammation of the pancreas

    Alcoholism

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Heart failure

    History of heart failure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

    Alcohol

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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  • Kidney problems

    Severe renal impairment

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Serious stomach problems

    Severe gastrointestinal disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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