Your Medication Exenatide
Exenatide is also known as the brand names: Byetta, Bydureon.
Exenatide is most commonly used for type 2 diabetes. No matter what your doctor has you taking it for, Byetta (exenatide) is an immediate release form that is usually injected right below the skin twice daily 1 hour before meals. Bydureon (exenatide) is an extended release form that is usually injected right below the skin once weekly.
Standard dosing of Byetta range from 5 mcg to 10mcg and Bydurenon 2 mg.
Some common side effects with exenatide include headache, drop in blood sugar (weakness, sweating confusion, irritability, feeling jittery), nausea and vomiting, and skin reddening or swelling around the injection site.
Some less common side effects with exenatide include increases heart rate, feeling tired or dizzy, sweating, or gas.
Do not take exenatide if you have a family history of thyroid cancer or have kidney disease or are on dialysis.
While taking exenatide, remember it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you:
• Are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant
• Have swelling, weight gain, are feeling short of breath, are urinating less than normal
• Have dull pain in your middle or lower back
• Experience severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back