Byetta - Exenatide

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Modified on 2009/10/14 21:45 by admin
Released in April of 2005, Byetta-Exenatide is an injectable medication used to maintain blood sugar and to control Type 2 diabetes by means of an injection under the skin. Persons suffering from diabetes especially like Byetta for its weight loss advantage over other diabetes medications. The early popularity of the drug in quickly waned, however, when in 2007 the FDA included a warning on the bottles labeling. News got worse for the pharmaceutical company Amylin Pharmaceuticals a year later in August 2008 when two individuals died from using Byetta and an additional four were hospitalized for serious illness. All six were diagnosed with pancreatitis, the inflammation of the pancreas. Symptoms of the disease include severe upper abdominal pain that spreads through to the back, nausea, vomiting, and a fast heart rate.

Symptoms of pancreatitis, however, can be confused with the regular side-effects typical of Byetta. These include an acidic or sour stomach, belching, diarrheaheartburn, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting, with minor side-effects including dizziness, headache, and feeling jittery. Also be careful when using other medications such as Lovastatin, Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Digoxin, acetohexamide (Dymelor), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glimepiride (Amaryl), glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (DiaBeta), tolazamide (Tolinase), or tolbutamide (Orinase) as the effectiveness of Byetta can be diminished when these drugs interact.

If you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis, or if you have certain conditions including kidney disease, problems with digestion, or severe stomach disorders, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Doctors and pharmacists are still unsure whether Byetta is harmful to an unborn baby, or whether exenatide passes into breast milk or if it could be harmful to a nursing baby. Therefore, do not take Byetta without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby, and remember that the surest way to be safe is to be open with your doctor and quickly report any suspicious symptoms you may be experiencing.
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