Byetta Works

David Mendosa Health Guide March 31, 2006
  • Byetta the new medicine for people with type 2 diabetes works for me even better than I had ever imagined. As I write, I just came back home in Boulder, Colorado, from a follow-up visit to my doctor, Jeffrey N. Gerber, whose office is in Littleton, south of Denver. Exactly a month and a half ago h...

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  • Andrea De Salvo
    May. 14, 2010

    Andrea De Salvo Dott. e vero che facendo le punture di  BYETTA accompagnate dalle compresse di Metaform da 1000mg  non ingrassano ma fanno dimagrire essendo un diabetico di tipo 2.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      May. 14, 2010

      Please write in English so most readers can understand.

       

      David

  • Andrea De Salvo
    May. 14, 2010

    Andrea De Salvo Dott. e vero che facendo le punture di  BYETTA accompagnate dalle compresse di Metaform da 1000mg  non ingrassano ma fanno dimagrire essendo un diabetico di tipo 2.

  • Anonymous
    Fran
    Jan. 31, 2010

    I've been on it since 2005, 10mcq.  I read all of todays threads because I've been having problems lately and 95% were all the same that I have read here.  I have noticed if the pen is not refrigerated and nearing the end of the month I don't feel "right" after the dose.  It took me 3 months to get used to stomach pain and nausea.  The past...

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    I've been on it since 2005, 10mcq.  I read all of todays threads because I've been having problems lately and 95% were all the same that I have read here.  I have noticed if the pen is not refrigerated and nearing the end of the month I don't feel "right" after the dose.  It took me 3 months to get used to stomach pain and nausea.  The past year I notice headach and irritability at evening dose.  Although I lost 45 lbs to start, for 3 yrs I've lost none, but I also know I'm not eating right.  But lately I feel pretty bad, loss of energy which goes with diabetes but seems to be heightend after my dose. Btw, here is MD a pen cost $300 :(   $68 for me with ins which is still hard.  I have experienced some severe hypoglycemia when not eating enough.  I am a little borderline with 50lbs more to loose so I know it is part me and part the medicine.  I came here today for comfort and found it, validation that is.  I do not take a pill.  I started on metaforamin, but it did not help,but I was also eating wrong.  The other pills were too strong and do make you gain weight.  Metaforamin can too for some people.  Latlely I feel too tired to do anything much less exercise and I know enough to know why and that there are others like me so I am not a "bad" person but hoping to get healthier.  I need to connect with more diabetics, I've traveled this alone too long.  And btw too, I am now 64, female, and been overweight all my life and embarassed to say, a nurse, but unable to work now.  I want to be healthier.  I made an urgent appt. with my doc to try to make a plan, I am thinking 5mcq and metaforamin for better control.  I hope my sharing helps others.

     

     

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jan. 31, 2010

      Dear Fran,

       

      I know that many people stop losing weight on Byetta after a while. That has been the experience of my best friend. But it certainly was not my experience as Byetta made it possible for me to lose more than 100 pounds in the two years that I used it. I only stopped because I wanted to see if I could control my diabetes and my weight on a very...

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      Dear Fran,

       

      I know that many people stop losing weight on Byetta after a while. That has been the experience of my best friend. But it certainly was not my experience as Byetta made it possible for me to lose more than 100 pounds in the two years that I used it. I only stopped because I wanted to see if I could control my diabetes and my weight on a very low-carb diet alone (I have done so). Maybe the difference was that from the time I first went on Byetta I adopted a low-carb diet. I really think that the first step is to cut out all sucrose and fructose from our diets. I say "first step" because it is so easy! We have so many alternatives today (my sweetener of choice is stevia). The second step is to gradually cut back on all grains, which includes wheat, rice, corn, barley, oats, and more, and all forms of potatoes. The third step is to cut them out completely. Except for barley, they are all high glycemic and all of the grains, including barley, have high levels of lectins, which are hard for our bodies to handle as we have had grains in our food for only a relatively short part of human existance, and we don't have the genetic capacity to handle them. If you let Byetta help you to overcome the hunger as you let go of these sugars and starches, it will.

       

      But one more key point: when you go on a very low-carb diet you must increase the amount of the good fats that you eat, because you have to get your energy somewhere -- and fats are the ONLY alternative.

       

      Best regards,

       

      David

    • Fran
      Jan. 31, 2010

      Dear David.....thank you so much for taking the time to respond. 

       

      I saw your website long ago and what you say is 100% right for me.  I also need to stay in touch with other diabetics for support too.  I have not done what I knew I should...I'm taking everything in my cabinets that should not be there, to the food pantry tomorrow. ...

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      Dear David.....thank you so much for taking the time to respond. 

       

      I saw your website long ago and what you say is 100% right for me.  I also need to stay in touch with other diabetics for support too.  I have not done what I knew I should...I'm taking everything in my cabinets that should not be there, to the food pantry tomorrow.  And I'm going put your note on my refrigerator to remind me and to regain courage.  Another 40 lbs will make my body weight "normal" and I hope, act normal or at least feel better.

       

      Thanks for the starting and keeping this website.

       

      Fran

       

       

  • napahorse
    Apr. 14, 2009

    Hi David,


    I started on Byetta a week ago (at the 5 ml) and haven't had the all the bad side effects that most write about.


    The two side effects I am having are: 1. Inceased need for sleep (up to 12 hours of sleep at night), and then there are times I am just confused or jittery like I've had a jolt of caffeine, and I don't drink coffee. 


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    Hi David,


    I started on Byetta a week ago (at the 5 ml) and haven't had the all the bad side effects that most write about.


    The two side effects I am having are: 1. Inceased need for sleep (up to 12 hours of sleep at night), and then there are times I am just confused or jittery like I've had a jolt of caffeine, and I don't drink coffee. 


    I assume these "side effects" will go away with time. 


    Because I am a member of an HMO that does not cover Byetta, I have to pay for it. I am lobbying for the group to change it's policy. They cover Viagra but not Byetta?


    My Endo asked that I keep track of my glucose numbers and they have fallen and I do feel better already.


    What kept me from starting Byetta was that I was SUPER afraid of doing the injections. I have since learned that my leg is a great spot to administer the twice daily dose. I remember your advice about finding the place that is least sensitive about the "poke."


    Thanks so very much for your encouragement and research about diabetes. 


    Best, Marilyn

  • Anonymous
    MARY
    Apr. 05, 2009

    Sealed HELLO, SO HAPPY TO READ YOUR ARTICLE ON BYETTA. I JUST STARTED BYETTA ONE WEEK AGO, AND LET ME TELL YOU ...WOW... I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER, MY GLUCOSE IS DOWN TO NORMAL RANGE, AND I REALLY HAVEN'T HAD ANY SIDE EFFECTS AS OF YET. I HAVE BEEN ON A FEW MEDICINES IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, AND ALWAYS FELT BASICALLY LOUSY. SO FOR ME THIS IS A GOD SEND.  THE INJECTIONS...

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    Sealed HELLO, SO HAPPY TO READ YOUR ARTICLE ON BYETTA. I JUST STARTED BYETTA ONE WEEK AGO, AND LET ME TELL YOU ...WOW... I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER, MY GLUCOSE IS DOWN TO NORMAL RANGE, AND I REALLY HAVEN'T HAD ANY SIDE EFFECTS AS OF YET. I HAVE BEEN ON A FEW MEDICINES IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, AND ALWAYS FELT BASICALLY LOUSY. SO FOR ME THIS IS A GOD SEND.  THE INJECTIONS ARE A PIECE OF CAKE (OH BOY, EXCUSE THE PUN !) AND I WORRIED SO MUCH ABOUT THAT PART OF IT FOR NOTHING. THANK YOU FOR THE ARTICLE, AND BYETTA HAS MY VOTE !!     MARY

  • Anonymous
    Rose
    Mar. 20, 2009

    I also live in Bouder Colorado and my Doctor  (Dr Rees-Jones ) has put me on Byetta.  I am on my second week.    Its the nausea and headaches that are bothering me  right now.    The BG is down and thats fine but what can i do to get over the nausea and headaches.   Would like some advice some...

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    I also live in Bouder Colorado and my Doctor  (Dr Rees-Jones ) has put me on Byetta.  I am on my second week.    Its the nausea and headaches that are bothering me  right now.    The BG is down and thats fine but what can i do to get over the nausea and headaches.   Would like some advice some people that are on this.

     

    Thanks Rose

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Mar. 22, 2009

      Dear Rose,


      Welcome neighbor! If you want to talk about Byetta (or anything concerning diabetes) please feel free to call me at (303) 499-5544. Meanwhile please read my tips on controlling nausea at http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/2085/nausea-byetta


      I don't know about headaches. They are probably from something else, because they aren't a common...

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      Dear Rose,


      Welcome neighbor! If you want to talk about Byetta (or anything concerning diabetes) please feel free to call me at (303) 499-5544. Meanwhile please read my tips on controlling nausea at http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/2085/nausea-byetta


      I don't know about headaches. They are probably from something else, because they aren't a common side effect of Byetta. I certainly have never had any headaches on Byetta.


      Best regards,


      David

  • Anonymous
    Kris
    Jul. 31, 2008

    Just started Byetta 5 two days ago and have lost 5 lbs.  I am not really having any nausea, but am dealing with heartburn.  I notice I am slightly dizzy right after injection, but it doesn't last long.  I have been on oral medications for many years (diagnosed in 1999 - started meds a year or so after) and added Lantus to...

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    Just started Byetta 5 two days ago and have lost 5 lbs.  I am not really having any nausea, but am dealing with heartburn.  I notice I am slightly dizzy right after injection, but it doesn't last long.  I have been on oral medications for many years (diagnosed in 1999 - started meds a year or so after) and added Lantus to the mix in 2004.  This week was the first time I had ever seen an endocrinologist.  After a change in health insurance plans I had been without the Lantus for about 2 months and my A1C was 12.5 (my highest ever - it as 10.4 in April).  I also am unsure what my sugars were running on a regular basis because I was without testing supplies during that time.  My numbers are not great (still most of them in the 200s) but I feel better.  My vision seems to be less blurry, so I'm sure that my current levels are lower.  I go back to see the endo in 3 weeks and he'll decide if I can continue on the Byetta or if we have to try something different (hopefully things will be enough improved that he keeps me on it, even if we have to go up to 10).  I also take Gipizide 5 mg and Metformin 100 mg twice a day.  I have noticed a decrease in my appetite - now I just have to stay focused on that and not continue to eat (so far so good) as I am an emotional eater.  I wanted to try Byetta a long time ago but my family physician didn't think I was a good candidate.  I'm glad I now get the chance to see if it will work for me.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 21, 2008

      hi, I've been on byetta for around a year and have lost a lot of weight really fast, but that has stopped, and my blood sugar hasn't gone down much the whole time.  But now I am getting alerts on it that it has been linked to causing deaths and illnesses.  One being pancreaitis.  One symtem is having pains right below the ribs, and I had that...

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      hi, I've been on byetta for around a year and have lost a lot of weight really fast, but that has stopped, and my blood sugar hasn't gone down much the whole time.  But now I am getting alerts on it that it has been linked to causing deaths and illnesses.  One being pancreaitis.  One symtem is having pains right below the ribs, and I had that about 2 months ago.  I don't think I want to take it anymore.  I've been searching in ask.com and google to find out and have found a lot of reference on it.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Sep. 21, 2008

      See your doctor about your pain in your rib.

       

      However, Byetta doesn't cause pancreatitis. It will, in fact, make you live longer. Some people have been scared by reports that two people taking Byetta died from pancreatitis. But about a million people take Byetta and a higher percentage of people with diabetes who are NOT taking Byetta have died from...

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      See your doctor about your pain in your rib.

       

      However, Byetta doesn't cause pancreatitis. It will, in fact, make you live longer. Some people have been scared by reports that two people taking Byetta died from pancreatitis. But about a million people take Byetta and a higher percentage of people with diabetes who are NOT taking Byetta have died from pancreatitis in the meantime. Please hear Dr. Joe Prendergast's post about this. It's the best explanation that I know:

       

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/09/byetta-does-not-cause-pancreatitis.html

       

      David

       

  • Anonymous
    Bobbie Dubbs
    Jul. 03, 2008

    I have type 2 diabetes, am a 69 year old female and have been on byetta for 18 months.  I call it The Miracle Drug as does my endocrinologist.  I take 10 mcg's twice a day.  I have lost 30 pounds (down to 120) and my last A1C was 5.7.  I got a gold star from my doctor.  I was sooo excited.  I look and feel better than I have in...

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    I have type 2 diabetes, am a 69 year old female and have been on byetta for 18 months.  I call it The Miracle Drug as does my endocrinologist.  I take 10 mcg's twice a day.  I have lost 30 pounds (down to 120) and my last A1C was 5.7.  I got a gold star from my doctor.  I was sooo excited.  I look and feel better than I have in years. I was diagnosed about 10 years ago.   A wonderful drug...go you little lizards!!

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 03, 2008

      Dear Bobbie,

       

      Great! I feel the same way.

       

      David

  • Anonymous
    Deb
    May. 30, 2008

    I've struggled with weight for the last 15 years, and, now, after slipping (more like slamming) into menopause, it's only gotten worse.  I'm finally getting my hormones in check with Bio-identicals (which are a God send), but I still struggle with hypothyroidism.  I told the doctor that I had been working out for 40-60 min per day, 6 days...

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    I've struggled with weight for the last 15 years, and, now, after slipping (more like slamming) into menopause, it's only gotten worse.  I'm finally getting my hormones in check with Bio-identicals (which are a God send), but I still struggle with hypothyroidism.  I told the doctor that I had been working out for 40-60 min per day, 6 days a week for the last 4 weeks.  I also included 15 minutes  of weight training 4 days a week. I was on a 1500 caloried a day diet....I only lost 1 lb!  And I was always hungrey!!  When my labs came back indicatin 'pre-diabetes', my doctor immediately prescribed Byetta and Metformin.   I pick up the medication today.  But I have to say, I was terrified about taking these drugs.  I do everything possible to NOT take drugs and work so hard going the natural way.  But, having gained 27 pounds in a year while eating healthy AND exercising, I'm at the end of my rope.  I found many articles and websites that explained what it does as well as defined all the possible side effects.  It still scared the 'cr_p' out of me..until this blog!  THANK YOU ALL for being so willing to share your concerns and progress.  I feel so much better about the treatment.  I'll be sure to write back and let everyone know how its working for me....and hopefully, this process will continue to help others, like myself, who are contemplating it's use.  Thanks David.  I'm ordering your book now!

    Deb

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      May. 30, 2008

      Dear Deb,

       

      I am so glad that I can help and that you want to lose weight -- and thereby go a long way toward controlling your diabetes. Byetta helped me lose a lot of weight, and it can work for you too. It will help you. It won't do it for you. It will help because you will feel full on less food -- if you listen to your body. Strangely, that's the problem...

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      Dear Deb,

       

      I am so glad that I can help and that you want to lose weight -- and thereby go a long way toward controlling your diabetes. Byetta helped me lose a lot of weight, and it can work for you too. It will help you. It won't do it for you. It will help because you will feel full on less food -- if you listen to your body. Strangely, that's the problem for most of us!

       

      Please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing!

       

      David

  • Anonymous
    liz
    May. 07, 2008

    are you still available to talk about byetta these days? I just sstarted taking it for weight loss since all my other drugs make me gian and or not lose. I work out weights at least 3 times sometimes four a week and have at least 5 days of cardio i eat fish, kale and a ton of other good food and can hardly keep from gaining weight have done every test known...

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    are you still available to talk about byetta these days? I just sstarted taking it for weight loss since all my other drugs make me gian and or not lose. I work out weights at least 3 times sometimes four a week and have at least 5 days of cardio i eat fish, kale and a ton of other good food and can hardly keep from gaining weight have done every test known to man and found out in feb,. i had fibromyalgia nad chronic fatigure. I take cymbalta, vynase, zyrtec D and now byetta (th my e previous drugs i have only been on a month since others such as prozac an lamictaql made me gian 40 pounds in two hyears which of course didn't help the depressionO) I have been on byetta since yesterday last night i took an ambien to sleep and this morning when i woke up was extremely exhaustedx even though 5mg of ambien has never done that to me and i slept a full eight hours. perhapds the ambien to get into my system wquickly enough because of hte slowed oral medicine? my doctor gave it ot me just for weight loss and your right the worst side effec tis price.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      May. 08, 2008

      Dear Liz,

       

      It's great that you are now using Byetta to help you bring down your weight. And it is common that when we start taking it, our energy level is lower. That's probably because you are eating much less. This is also something that people who start on a very low-carbohydrate diet also experience. When I started taking Byetta, for the first week...

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      Dear Liz,

       

      It's great that you are now using Byetta to help you bring down your weight. And it is common that when we start taking it, our energy level is lower. That's probably because you are eating much less. This is also something that people who start on a very low-carbohydrate diet also experience. When I started taking Byetta, for the first week or two I also felt very low energy. I was concerned enough about it that I asked my doctor about it, and he assured me that this was a temporary side effect. Sure enough, after a week or two on Byetta, I started to have much MORE energy than I had ever before had. Byetta, of course, doesn't MAKE us lose weight. It just makes it so much easier because we feel full on much less food. Please read my new book, "Losing Weight on Your Diabetes Medication. Amazon links it at http://www.amazon.com/Losing-Weight-Your-Diabetes-Medication/dp/1600940455/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210262852&sr=8-1

       

      David Mendosa

  • Anonymous
    Cochrane
    Apr. 08, 2008
    Can this medicine be used for people who are over weight but not diabetic?
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Apr. 08, 2008

      Dear Cochrane,

       

      It probably would indeed help you to lose weight. But first you would have to find a doctor who would prescribe it. Doctors can prescribe it to you, although it is an off-label use. Still, that's not the main problem, which is that your insurance would likely not reimburse you for it. And without insurance, Byetta can be expensive, more...

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      Dear Cochrane,

       

      It probably would indeed help you to lose weight. But first you would have to find a doctor who would prescribe it. Doctors can prescribe it to you, although it is an off-label use. Still, that's not the main problem, which is that your insurance would likely not reimburse you for it. And without insurance, Byetta can be expensive, more than $200 per month. If you can afford it, it would be well worth it!

       

      David 

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 21, 2008

      you can go to the byetta website and apply for free byetta.  You have to be under a certain wage scake.  but first do a search in google or something and see what they are saying about it causing deaths now.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Sep. 21, 2008

      Byetta doesn't cause deaths. It will, in fact, make you live longer. Some people have been scared by reports that two people taking Byetta died from pancreatitis. But about a million people take Byetta and a higher percentage of people with diabetes who are NOT taking Byetta have died from pancreatitis in the meantime. Please hear Dr. Joe Prendergast's post...

      RHMLucky777

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      Byetta doesn't cause deaths. It will, in fact, make you live longer. Some people have been scared by reports that two people taking Byetta died from pancreatitis. But about a million people take Byetta and a higher percentage of people with diabetes who are NOT taking Byetta have died from pancreatitis in the meantime. Please hear Dr. Joe Prendergast's post about this. It's the best explanation that I know:

       

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/09/byetta-does-not-cause-pancreatitis.html

       

      David

       

  • PAULINE
    Jan. 25, 2008

      My daughter was started on Byetta about 2 weeks ago, 5 twice a day.

    She became so nauseous that she was unable to take the morning dose and go to work.

     She eliminated the morning shot and takes the 'before dinner' shot.

     Within a hour she becomes very nauseous and will throw up her dinner.

     She has to retire very early...

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      My daughter was started on Byetta about 2 weeks ago, 5 twice a day.

    She became so nauseous that she was unable to take the morning dose and go to work.

     She eliminated the morning shot and takes the 'before dinner' shot.

     Within a hour she becomes very nauseous and will throw up her dinner.

     She has to retire very early to sleep through the nausea.

     She's very motivated to stay with the Byetta.

     Lantus,Humilin N & R gives her every side effect there is. Oral Meds the same side effects.

     

    She is trying to tolerate the evening shot so that she can once again work at taking the morning shot.

    Her Doctor has prescribed Phenegran to help with the nausea, but she's not having too much success with that either.

     Does anyone have any answers to this problem?

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jan. 25, 2008

      Dear Pauline,

       

      Please read:

       

      http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/2085/nausea-byetta/

       

      David 

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov. 15, 2007

    I begain Byetta on Sept 1, 2007 and have been losing 2-2.5 pounds per week since that time. Also on metformin and glyburide (reduced does on glyburide when starting Byetta).A1C is currently 5.2 (was 5.8 before Byetta).

     

    Three interesting observations:

     

    (1) Tracking calories consumed per day, I am losing weight at the correct rate (based on energetics),...

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    I begain Byetta on Sept 1, 2007 and have been losing 2-2.5 pounds per week since that time. Also on metformin and glyburide (reduced does on glyburide when starting Byetta).A1C is currently 5.2 (was 5.8 before Byetta).

     

    Three interesting observations:

     

    (1) Tracking calories consumed per day, I am losing weight at the correct rate (based on energetics), now that I am on Byetta.

     

    (2) If looking at the difference in calories consumed daily before and after Byetta, I am losing weight at about 2-3 times what would be expected from the daily change in calories. It looks like Byetta has changed my metabolic rate, as well as reduced calorie consumption.

     

    I exercise 1 hour, 3 days per week (mix of cardio and weight lifting). Have been doing so for about 4 years. Since beginning Byetta, the amount of weight that I can lift (bench press) has increased at about 3 times the rate as before. It appears that Byetta is promoting muscle mass increase.

     

     

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Nov. 15, 2007

      Thank you for your observations. I do indeed find them very interesting, particularly as you seem to have been tracking your changes very closely.

       

      I would suggest that you soon talk with your doctor about the possibility of stopping glyburide. Since it is a sulfonylurea, it can make you go hypo now that your A1C is so good. Eventually you will be able...

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      Thank you for your observations. I do indeed find them very interesting, particularly as you seem to have been tracking your changes very closely.

       

      I would suggest that you soon talk with your doctor about the possibility of stopping glyburide. Since it is a sulfonylurea, it can make you go hypo now that your A1C is so good. Eventually you will be able to go off metformin too. When I started on Byetta in February 2006, I was on both drugs, but stopped the sulf immediately (with my doctor's approval) and my metformin when I ran out of the prescription I had on hand.

       

  • Anonymous
    Laura
    Oct. 16, 2007
    Hi there!  My name is Laura.  I want you to know that I am a big fan of your site and often get the link to others on the board and lists that I host and  am on for PCOS.  Anyway, I am hoping that you can help me.  I know that byetta is starting to be perscribed for PCOS/IR.  However, I am unable to find any info on why it would...
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    Hi there!  My name is Laura.  I want you to know that I am a big fan of your site and often get the link to others on the board and lists that I host and  am on for PCOS.  Anyway, I am hoping that you can help me.  I know that byetta is starting to be perscribed for PCOS/IR.  However, I am unable to find any info on why it would help the IR.  I clearly see the glucose part and also believe that many of us that are IR do have sugar issues even if we don't pop diabetic, but I am confused as to why this med would help the insulin resistance.  And, if it dosen't, then why would be be effective treatment for the IR of PCOS?  If only the glucose issue is being treated, then it would seem to me that while it could help some of the symptoms of IR, if the IR is still happening then wouldn't all the risks be there as well?  Thanks so much for any help you can give.  Laura
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Oct. 16, 2007
      Dear Laura,

      I have been mulling over your question. I have been trying to think how I can answer it. Honestly, I have to say that I just don't know. You need to ask an expert on insulin resistance. And that is not what I am. Sorry.
    • Anonymous
      Laura
      Oct. 17, 2007
      Thanks so much for the reply!  Is there anyone out there that you might direct me to?  I do this all on a volenteer basis, so I couldn't pay someone.  Thanks!  You are awesome!  Laura
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Oct. 17, 2007
      Dear Laura,

      I think this is going to be a tough question for anyone. But if I were in your shoes, I would start with the Amylin-Lilly help line (listed on the byetta.com site) and if not directed to a doctor, ask to talk with one. If and when the doctor indicates he or she doesn't know or understand your question ask to speak to another doctor or his supervisor...
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      Dear Laura,

      I think this is going to be a tough question for anyone. But if I were in your shoes, I would start with the Amylin-Lilly help line (listed on the byetta.com site) and if not directed to a doctor, ask to talk with one. If and when the doctor indicates he or she doesn't know or understand your question ask to speak to another doctor or his supervisor or to an expert that he or she would recommend. That's the way a journalist like me works. Press on! 
    • Anonymous
      Laura
      Oct. 17, 2007
      Thanks for your help. Maybe I should work on the wording a bit. I will head on over there and I also think I will see if Dr. Glueck can help. Thanks again, Laura
  • Anonymous
    Carrie
    Sep. 05, 2007
    Just found this site today and I am so glad that I found it.  I have been on Byetta for just over two months I started on the 5 and just went up to the 10.  I have had severe nausea and just reading has give me idea's to try to help.  I have lost about 10lbs. since I have started and don't want to give it up now.  My levels...
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    Just found this site today and I am so glad that I found it.  I have been on Byetta for just over two months I started on the 5 and just went up to the 10.  I have had severe nausea and just reading has give me idea's to try to help.  I have lost about 10lbs. since I have started and don't want to give it up now.  My levels have dropped too say it is working great except for the nausea.  So I am crossing my fingers that some of your ideas will help me.  I have told my husband even though he isn't diabetic that he should talk to his doctor since he needs to lose a considerable amount of weight.  I am glad I found this site and will keep you informed if your idea's have helped for the nausea.  Thank you for being here.
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Sep. 05, 2007
      Dear Carrie,

      Thanks for writing. The nausea goes away with time and you can help get rid of it sooner with the eating tips and the treatment tips that you read about at http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/2085/nausea-byetta
  • Anonymous
    Karen
    Aug. 31, 2007
    I started Byetta about 1 month ago. I was on 5mg for 1 week and increased to 10mg. I get nausea but it is tolerable and I eat 1/4 as much as I used to.  My problem is my BG goes up in the morning and sometimes throughout the day.  Does it take a while for your system to adjust to Byetta as I was on Avandaryl before and now I am on Byetta with...
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    I started Byetta about 1 month ago. I was on 5mg for 1 week and increased to 10mg. I get nausea but it is tolerable and I eat 1/4 as much as I used to.  My problem is my BG goes up in the morning and sometimes throughout the day.  Does it take a while for your system to adjust to Byetta as I was on Avandaryl before and now I am on Byetta with Glyberide.  I want this to work because it decreases my appetite and I will lose weight as I am now, but the BG going up higher than expected bothers me, especially my fasting BG, which were alway great.  So does it take awhile to adjust to Byetta and how long is the average?
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Aug. 31, 2007
      Dear Karen,

      I don't understand why your BG is going up now, unless you are eating more high glycemic carbs. That's the only known thing that can do it. Try eliminating all bread and anything made from wheat flour, rice, and potatoes for a start and see what that does for your levels. Neither the Byetta nor the glyburide, which is a sulfonylurea, will...
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      Dear Karen,

      I don't understand why your BG is going up now, unless you are eating more high glycemic carbs. That's the only known thing that can do it. Try eliminating all bread and anything made from wheat flour, rice, and potatoes for a start and see what that does for your levels. Neither the Byetta nor the glyburide, which is a sulfonylurea, will make your levels rise. Quite the contrary. Do note, please that glyburide works against the weight loss that Byetta offers, so your weight loss will not be as rapid as it would be without the sulfonylurea.
    • Anonymous
      Karen
      Aug. 31, 2007

      I do not eat a high amount of carbs but I will take another look at what I am eating to see if it changes.  What would you suggest for another drug to be on with Byetta instead of glyberide? 

      Thank for responding.  I appreciate it.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Aug. 31, 2007
      Dear Karen,

      I would suggest that you ask your doctor if he or she would switch you to another diabetes drug. I can't give medical advice, but if I were in your shoes, I would ask to be switched to metformin. I discuss its advantages at http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/11437/avandia-anxiety
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Aug. 12, 2007
    Ive been on it for 1 month and no nausea, lost about 12 lbs & dont have to take any insulin after meals.  Before Byetta my workouts yielded no weight loss, my workouts are 30 - 45 min on a recumbant bike along with weight lifting.  Now Iam shedding the pounds, I also have stopped actos. my sugar readings have never been better 86 to 120 througout...
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    Ive been on it for 1 month and no nausea, lost about 12 lbs & dont have to take any insulin after meals.  Before Byetta my workouts yielded no weight loss, my workouts are 30 - 45 min on a recumbant bike along with weight lifting.  Now Iam shedding the pounds, I also have stopped actos. my sugar readings have never been better 86 to 120 througout the day.. Iave been amazed.  I take 90-100 units of Lantus in the morning as well as the Byetta along with 2000 Glucophage half in the morning half at dinner time.
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Aug. 12, 2007
      Thanks for writing. You are doing great. At the rate you're going, pretty soon you will be able to stop taking the insulin and metformin!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jul. 07, 2007

    Hi:

     

     

    I just started byetta 5 2 x a day but I also take novalog 70/30 40 units daily and 1000 mg glucophage 2 x day. Because of the insulin, does this mean I have no chance of losing weight. Seems from reading comments, I haven't found anyone on insulin & byetta.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 08, 2007
      That's a great question! Certainly the insulin and the Byetta work against each other for weight loss. But since people can lose a whole lot of weight on Byetta and generally gain less than 30 pounds a year on insulin, my guess is that you can actually lose weight on the combination, if you listen to your body and stop eating when you get full.
    • Anonymous
      Annette
      Jul. 19, 2007

      Hi:

       

      Thanks for your reply about my questions re: byetta and insulin.  Sine then I am almost completely off insulin and have lost 4 pounds.  I am still taking glucophage 1000 mg 2 x a day but that might have to be lowered too as I am getting some low readings for me 80-90 before supper and before bed.   A few times it went lower before...

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      Hi:

       

      Thanks for your reply about my questions re: byetta and insulin.  Sine then I am almost completely off insulin and have lost 4 pounds.  I am still taking glucophage 1000 mg 2 x a day but that might have to be lowered too as I am getting some low readings for me 80-90 before supper and before bed.   A few times it went lower before bedtime.  I am supposed to start a 10 pen instead of 5 after my 30 days are up but I am concerned because of these low blood sugars.  I have to contact my endo next week to let her know what is going on.  Maybe she will stay with the 5 pen or decrease the glucophage.  It is amazing how my blood sugars dropped to not requiring insulin.  Just wish the weight loss was more. 

       Thanks again

    • Anonymous
      Eve
      Jul. 15, 2007
      I just started byetta 5. two days ago and to my total amazement I have lost 7 pounds.  I'm so happy because prior to this nothing helped.  Thank you Eli Lilly!
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 15, 2007
      Dear Eve,

      And thank you for sharing your success! By the way, you can thank Amylin Pharmaceuticals as much if not even more than Lilly!
    • Anonymous
      Eve
      Jul. 16, 2007

      Dear Mr. Mendosa: Thank you for your reply, it was nice of you.  I love this web site.  I was about to have gastric bypass surgery, but I was hesitant because of the side effects.  My diabetes began when I stopped smoking 6 years ago.  I gain an unwanted 85 pounds that I couldn't get rid of, regardless of how hard I tried. ...

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      Dear Mr. Mendosa: Thank you for your reply, it was nice of you.  I love this web site.  I was about to have gastric bypass surgery, but I was hesitant because of the side effects.  My diabetes began when I stopped smoking 6 years ago.  I gain an unwanted 85 pounds that I couldn't get rid of, regardless of how hard I tried.   I tried so hard to take those darn pounds off, but nothing worked until I tried Byetta.  So I'm really looking forward to loosing the weight.  Does anyone have a good diet they recommend?

       

      Thanks,

      Eve

       

       

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 17, 2007
      Dear Eve,

      Why not start with my diet advice, which is pretty general. It's at:
  • crabbyjean
    Jun. 14, 2007

    Dear Mr. Mendosa,


    I could not agree with you more. Byetta has been a miracle drug for me. I have been a type II diabetic for 30 years. I am obese (275) and beginning to have complications. My family physician has had me on metformin, glyburide and 65 units of Novolog. I (finally) went to see an Endocrinologist (don't know what took me so long). He put me...

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    Dear Mr. Mendosa,


    I could not agree with you more. Byetta has been a miracle drug for me. I have been a type II diabetic for 30 years. I am obese (275) and beginning to have complications. My family physician has had me on metformin, glyburide and 65 units of Novolog. I (finally) went to see an Endocrinologist (don't know what took me so long). He put me on 5mcg of Byetta, reduced my Novolog insulin to 40 units a day and discontinued the glyburide.


    I have lost 14 pounds in 3 1/2 weeks! I used to have a terrible time controlling my appetite - especially in the evening. I have not had a SINGLE SNACK since starting this medication. I eat 3 small meals and that's that. I have been experiencing the nausea that some people seem to get and in truth, sometimes, I get VERY nauseous, but I will suffer gladly to get the results I have been getting. My blood sugars are better than they have been in YEARS! I've even had to cut down further on my insulin.


    It's like having a stomach staple without the dangerous surgery!


    I LOVE BYETTA!!!


    Jeannie

  • Anonymous
    terrie
    Jun. 08, 2007
    hi...and, HELP!
    i just started Byetta last night.
    A little background- i'm a type 2, diagnosed age 16 (yes it's odd), i am now 41. I always took oral meds until about 2 years ago, i switched to insulin to try to conceive/undergo fertility treatments. I am now done with all of that, so asked to switch to byetta. I gained a lot of weight on the insulin...
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    hi...and, HELP!
    i just started Byetta last night.
    A little background- i'm a type 2, diagnosed age 16 (yes it's odd), i am now 41. I always took oral meds until about 2 years ago, i switched to insulin to try to conceive/undergo fertility treatments. I am now done with all of that, so asked to switch to byetta. I gained a lot of weight on the insulin and fertility meds (and thyroid meds).

    I took the byetta last night before dinner, didn't test. i took it again this morning, had a protein drink (fairly low carb) for bfast, and a salad with some grilled chicken for lunch. i tested two hours after lunch and my bs was 198- after salad!!!??

    Does the Byetta work right away? If you were on insulin before and stop, does it take a bit for your body to adjust?

    thanks so much,
    terrie
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jun. 08, 2007
      Terrie,

      Byetta does usually work right away. You need to discuss your situation with your doctor, if it doesn't change before you can get an appointment.
  • Anonymous
    Shannon
    Jun. 01, 2007

    I have been on Byetta for over a year now and I love it. I am one of those people who never lost an ounce on Byetta and I have suffered severe nausea at night in particular which lasts for hours. The doctor who prescribed the Byetta acted like there was something wrong with me for not losing any weight. "I have other patients who have lost 10-20 lbs already"....

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    I have been on Byetta for over a year now and I love it. I am one of those people who never lost an ounce on Byetta and I have suffered severe nausea at night in particular which lasts for hours. The doctor who prescribed the Byetta acted like there was something wrong with me for not losing any weight. "I have other patients who have lost 10-20 lbs already". I don't see that doctor anymore but I still take the Byetta and swear by it.


    Pre-Byetta my counts were never under 120. After starting the drug my counts dropped to 90 and 110 range. I then decided to drop my glucophage(it never agreed with me). Now my levels are ranging between 100 and 120. So the Byetta has allowed me to get rid of one medication! I am now on Actos and Byetta only. I too have higher levels in the morning but on average it's around 126 now.


    I did start a new weight loss program in February and have lost almost 20 lbs. I believe the Byetta has helped with that by curbing my appetite but I can't get all the food in that the diet requires which seems to be a big point of contention with my weight loss counselors. I have requested they check into byetta and modify my diet plan accordingly. I haven't been nauseous in a couple months now. The new diet is low to no fat and it seems the fat is what used to trigger my severe nausea binges. I have become nauseous on low fat food but only when I try to get in all the food they require.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jun. 01, 2007
      Dear Shannon,

      Good for you! I am glad that you have begun to lose weight. Did you know that the Actos you are taking along with the Byetta works AGAINST your weight loss? Kaiser Permanente Northwest members who started taking Actos or Avandia between1996 and 2002 and continued to use it for at least a year without adding any other diabetes medication gained...
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      Dear Shannon,

      Good for you! I am glad that you have begun to lose weight. Did you know that the Actos you are taking along with the Byetta works AGAINST your weight loss? Kaiser Permanente Northwest members who started taking Actos or Avandia between1996 and 2002 and continued to use it for at least a year without adding any other diabetes medication gained an average of 10.84 pounds, more that those who took insulin and far more than those who took a sulfonylurea.
    • Anonymous
      shannon
      Jun. 01, 2007
      That explains why I never lost an ounce before the diet and could also explain some of my "plateau" issues now. I will discuss this with my Endo but I'm not sure if she'll be willing to do anything since my counts are still above 100. This is a fantastic website and I wish I'd found it a year ago! Actually someone from my diet website told me about...
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      That explains why I never lost an ounce before the diet and could also explain some of my "plateau" issues now. I will discuss this with my Endo but I'm not sure if she'll be willing to do anything since my counts are still above 100. This is a fantastic website and I wish I'd found it a year ago! Actually someone from my diet website told me about it because I was talking about the byetta not letting me eat all the food required by the diet. Keep it up! Very informative and helpful
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    May. 11, 2007
    does any one know the income guide lines for patient assistance from whom ever makes byetta. I have no medical insurance what ever. Thanks!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mar. 09, 2007

    I have been on Byetta (5) for a month.  I have lost approx 6-7 pounds and only experience a  little heartburn at times.  I feel outstanding and I have so much energy it's like a miracle drug to me.  I went in for a checkup yesterday and my A1C went from 8 to 7.5 in just under 1 month.  My doctor is increasing me to the 10 for the...
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    I have been on Byetta (5) for a month.  I have lost approx 6-7 pounds and only experience a  little heartburn at times.  I feel outstanding and I have so much energy it's like a miracle drug to me.  I went in for a checkup yesterday and my A1C went from 8 to 7.5 in just under 1 month.  My doctor is increasing me to the 10 for the next month.  All my test results came back outstanding and my blood pressure was normal.  I was hesitant to start because of some comments I had read, but after having tried it for a month, I would recommend it to anyone who has has trouble getting their numbers lowered. My doctor has changed my meds from two metformin a day to one and only one advandia a day and he said his goal is to get me compeltely off the pills.  Also he says I should have a larger weight loss with the byetta 10.  I'll keep you posted.
  • Anonymous
    Gloria J. Burgess
    Jan. 30, 2007
    My insurance, Blue Choice has refused to authorize Byetta, although I have been on it two months and it works great and I feel better than I have in months. What can I do? Is it available at a discount anywhere?
  • Anonymous
    Renee
    Jan. 21, 2007
    Renee I have had low blood sugar since childhood. The doctor says that insulin resistance caused this. Two years ago I went to a new doc. An endo. He started me on metform 1000 twice a day. Also my thyroid antibodies were not right, so doc. started me on synthroid. after a year and a half of taking metform doc. suggested Byetta , started this on 5 mcg. after...
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    Renee I have had low blood sugar since childhood. The doctor says that insulin resistance caused this. Two years ago I went to a new doc. An endo. He started me on metform 1000 twice a day. Also my thyroid antibodies were not right, so doc. started me on synthroid. after a year and a half of taking metform doc. suggested Byetta , started this on 5 mcg. after this my sugar would drop down too low so doc. told me to stop taking the metform,all of it,and just take the Byetta this seems to work. Went up to 10mcg now for 2 months. But I have no weight loss,doc. wants me to lose weight and I would also like this at 39 and two children I need to keep up with them too. I am very tired after work and can't seem to get my exericse in,but I keep trying a little at a time. I would like to know if I need to space my synthroid 1 or 2 hours or more apart from my Byetta shot in the morning. I have not felt good in several weeks I had my thyroid checked , blood work was fine. But I feel like the Byetta is interfering with the synthroid meds. Also has anyone lost weight with Byetta that has a thyroid problem? How long does this take? I really want this to work ,I have not been able to lose weight since thyroid went bad five years ago.Even though doc. says I should be able to. Doc.thinks I just need to eat less and exercise more. When I really try several months at a time , eat right and exercise I still see no weight loss. Im hoping the Byetta helps , maybe it just takes more time. THANKS! Renee P.S.~I aiso take cytomel with my thyroid meds. 3 tablets twice daily . This helps give me energy and also helps me with depression one of the problems you have with thyroid disorders. THANKS AGAIN FOR ANY HELP RENEE
  • Anonymous
    Renee
    Jan. 20, 2007
    I am taking Byetta 10 and also synthroid. I need to know if the Byetta will effect the Synthroid or how long I need to wait before taking the Byetta in the morning. I have been on the Byetta for three months now. Renee
  • Anonymous
    Sally
    Jan. 12, 2007
    I was put on Byetta a year ago (Jan. '06) to help my Type 2 diabetes. I lost 25 lbs. in about 5 months due to my appetite decreasing. After about the 8th month, my appetite came back and then some. I have put back most of the weight I lost. My Endo seems to think I am the ONLY one this has happened to....has it happened to anyone else out there? I'd...
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    I was put on Byetta a year ago (Jan. '06) to help my Type 2 diabetes. I lost 25 lbs. in about 5 months due to my appetite decreasing. After about the 8th month, my appetite came back and then some. I have put back most of the weight I lost. My Endo seems to think I am the ONLY one this has happened to....has it happened to anyone else out there? I'd love to know.
    • Anonymous
      JOE
      Mar. 08, 2009

      I have been on Byetta since 06, I lost 40 pounds. I'm gaining back 7 to 10 pounds each year, then I cut back on the bread products to loose the weight. If I would let my self go, I would gain all the weight back.

  • Anonymous
    GiGi
    Jan. 01, 2007
    Started 5 mcg Byetta 5 weeks ago. Immediate results with blood sugars in perfect range...Post prandial 120-180 and fasting 80-120. Had a couple of lows, as I also take Acto-plus-Met 500mg twice a day. My 30 day average of blood sugars is 125. No weight loss yet but at my month follow up my doc didn't want to change me to the 10mcg...especially with the...
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    Started 5 mcg Byetta 5 weeks ago. Immediate results with blood sugars in perfect range...Post prandial 120-180 and fasting 80-120. Had a couple of lows, as I also take Acto-plus-Met 500mg twice a day. My 30 day average of blood sugars is 125. No weight loss yet but at my month follow up my doc didn't want to change me to the 10mcg...especially with the low readings I had. No A1C just prior to starting Byetta but was 10.7 last May when she first suggested the Byetta. Did A1C again on Thursday but don't know the results yet. I had absolutely NO nausea...ever. The main side effect I have experienced is "cold flashes" usually 2 hours after injecting. I often have to go get under the electric blanket for relief. My husband thinks I'm crazy....I'll let you know my A1C when I find out the results. I say to anybody thinking about this medicine....Go For IT! The needle is like an eyelash with no pain at all. Finger sticks are much worse than the shot! Good luck!
  • Anonymous
    Wendy
    Dec. 27, 2006
    Well, I gave it my best shot (pun intended!). I am just one of those cases where Byetta did not work. I am not diabetic & I have about 75 lbs to lose, but didn't lose anything in the 3 months I was on it. I started with the 5, then the 10, then the 10 3x a day as recommended for stubborn cases. Still nothing! I never experienced the big decrease in...
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    Well, I gave it my best shot (pun intended!). I am just one of those cases where Byetta did not work. I am not diabetic & I have about 75 lbs to lose, but didn't lose anything in the 3 months I was on it. I started with the 5, then the 10, then the 10 3x a day as recommended for stubborn cases. Still nothing! I never experienced the big decrease in appetite others felt, but I also never experienced any horrible side effects either. What I DID notice was that I had cravings for sweets, which I never experienced before. And my recent labwork only showed a little drop in glucose levels. I'm extremely discouraged Byetta didn't work for me, especially when I read about the tremendous success others have had.
  • Anonymous
    Elvia
    Dec. 16, 2006
    My Dr just gave me a 5mg pen but I'm afraid to start on it as I have read alot of experiences of nausea. My question is what is in Byetta is it true that it has Gila Monster saliva in it and lizard proteins in it? I have untill Monay o deceid to take it help.
    • Anonymous
      shannon
      Jun. 01, 2007

      I did read an article that it is derived from gila monster venom. It's now a big joke at my house. They tell me not to lick my eyeballs or swat them with my ever growing tail.

  • Anonymous
    Andrea
    Dec. 07, 2006
    I have been taking Byetta for over a month. It does curve my appetite but I have not lost an ounce/pound. I started with 5mcg and now I'm on 10. I don't eat as much and I excersise @ least 3 to 4 days a week. what am I doing wrong? David's reply: Byetta helps you to lose weight by reducing your appetite, Andrea. But it won't make you eat less....
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    I have been taking Byetta for over a month. It does curve my appetite but I have not lost an ounce/pound. I started with 5mcg and now I'm on 10. I don't eat as much and I excersise @ least 3 to 4 days a week. what am I doing wrong? David's reply: Byetta helps you to lose weight by reducing your appetite, Andrea. But it won't make you eat less. It facilitates that and if you eat less, I guarantee that you will lose weight.
  • Anonymous
    kay
    Nov. 30, 2006
    Reply to Shari: I am on the BYETTA 10 - having the same problems as you. After 5 days of not "going" I finally had the urge. After an hour of camping out on the pot doing very little except strain, grunt, and cry a little...I was beginning to think I may have to go to the ER for help. Like total embarrasment! I do the water, fibercon, etc, too. Know where...
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    Reply to Shari: I am on the BYETTA 10 - having the same problems as you. After 5 days of not "going" I finally had the urge. After an hour of camping out on the pot doing very little except strain, grunt, and cry a little...I was beginning to think I may have to go to the ER for help. Like total embarrasment! I do the water, fibercon, etc, too. Know where you're coming from!
  • Anonymous
    barb snyir
    Nov. 22, 2006
    hi david.. no.10 pen didnt work for me was sicker then sick finally doc put me back on no. 5 already feel better my readings are down to anywhere from74-to94 after 2 hours of taking this byetta.one morning however reading was 238 but it did come down:) well hoping u have a great thanksgiving,,,oh still losing lbs but not as fast started a walking program even...
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    hi david.. no.10 pen didnt work for me was sicker then sick finally doc put me back on no. 5 already feel better my readings are down to anywhere from74-to94 after 2 hours of taking this byetta.one morning however reading was 238 but it did come down:) well hoping u have a great thanksgiving,,,oh still losing lbs but not as fast started a walking program even a little jog take care
  • Anonymous
    Sherri
    Nov. 12, 2006
    I am on now on my 5th week of Byetta (the 5 mg dose). I love the fact that I have been able to lower my Lantus dosage from 20-30 units to 10-15 units, and have lost 8 lbs. I no longer have the wide swings in blood sugars anymore. What I am not enjoying is the constipation--I never thought constipation could be debilitating & sometimes painful!! Before...
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    I am on now on my 5th week of Byetta (the 5 mg dose). I love the fact that I have been able to lower my Lantus dosage from 20-30 units to 10-15 units, and have lost 8 lbs. I no longer have the wide swings in blood sugars anymore. What I am not enjoying is the constipation--I never thought constipation could be debilitating & sometimes painful!! Before I started taking Colace & Fibercon, it may be 3-4 days before I could "go", and when I "went", the stool was rock hard. Still on the Colace & Fibercon, and am able to "go", but stool still hard, and I feel like I'm not done going. My doc. has not had any of his patients have this complaint ... he is willing to prescribe something, but I'd rather not take any more meds. (yes, I am drinking LOTS of water -- eat only whole grain foods and fruit and veggies -- nothing processed in our household). Has anyone else had this problem as bad as this for this long? I read that it gets better, does it really? David's Response: It sounds to me like you need more fiber in your diet, Sherri. There are many choices, but one of the most commonly used is psyllium. Please see "Fiber and Diabetes" at: http://blogs.healthcentral.com/diabetes/david-mendosa/fiber-and-diabetes-2006-02-07/print
  • Anonymous
    Josie
    Nov. 11, 2006
    Hi David and all that leave a comment on this site. I was just browsing the internet in reference to people who have used Byetta and I happened to find this site. I found it very interesting and very helpful. I am not using Byetta (yet) but my Endicrinologist has prescribed it to me mostly for weight loss and I just couldn't understand and neither could...
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    Hi David and all that leave a comment on this site. I was just browsing the internet in reference to people who have used Byetta and I happened to find this site. I found it very interesting and very helpful. I am not using Byetta (yet) but my Endicrinologist has prescribed it to me mostly for weight loss and I just couldn't understand and neither could my boss and his partner which happen to be Pharmacists. But reading some of the comments left here I can now understand why my Doctor wants me to go on Byetta and now I am more ready to start using it since I have read some of the comments left here. My question is what causes the Nausea? Is it the Byetta itself or is it the "type" of foods that are eaten ie: fatty foods, etc.,etc.,? Unfortunately, I have a bad habit of eating fast food and munching on snacks that are not good for me so I was told by my bosses that using Byetta would not be beneficial unless I changed my eating habits is this true? Thank you for your time and I will wait for a response. Yours Truly, Josie (In Miami) David's Response: Excellent question about the cause of nausea, Josie. It depends on a lot of things, but particularly the type and amount of food that you eat. I discuss it at great length in "Controlling Nausea on Byetta at: http://blogs.healthcentral.com/diabetes/david-mendosa/controlling-nausea-on-byetta-2006-08-08/print
  • Anonymous
    Dina
    Nov. 03, 2006
    My doctor has given me information on Byetta-Metaformin made me sick, so she feels that Byetta is the best option for me at this time. I'm concerned about the injection and the side affects!! David's reply: Your concerns are certainly those that most people have when contemplating Byetta. But if you have ever given yourself a fingerstick to test your...
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    My doctor has given me information on Byetta-Metaformin made me sick, so she feels that Byetta is the best option for me at this time. I'm concerned about the injection and the side affects!! David's reply: Your concerns are certainly those that most people have when contemplating Byetta. But if you have ever given yourself a fingerstick to test your blood glucose, that is a lot more painful that an injection, which you almost never feel. The side effects of nausea an GI upsets do bother almost half of Byetta users for a week or so. But you can certainly minimize or prevent them. Please see "Controlling Nausea on Byetta".
  • Anonymous
    Wendy
    Nov. 02, 2006
    I started Byetta 2 mos. ago (5 mcg the 1st mo. & now 10mcg). I have not experienced any bad side effects, but I also have not lost one ounce or inch. In fact, it doesn't seem to do anything to my appetite or my cravings for carbs. Since I'm paying for this out of pocket, I'm wondering whether to continue. I'm so discouraged & wondered...
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    I started Byetta 2 mos. ago (5 mcg the 1st mo. & now 10mcg). I have not experienced any bad side effects, but I also have not lost one ounce or inch. In fact, it doesn't seem to do anything to my appetite or my cravings for carbs. Since I'm paying for this out of pocket, I'm wondering whether to continue. I'm so discouraged & wondered why others are experiencing weight loss - are they eating less, exercising more? Help! David's reply: Certainly more exercise helps by revving up our metabolic systems. I've noticed more weight loss on the days that I do a lot of exercise. But certainly I would recommend that you consider one of my most recent blog articles, which directly addresses your situation. Please see "When Byetta Fails" .
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    Michael
    Oct. 31, 2006
    How long does it take to start seeing results on Byetta David's reply: Some people see results almost immediately, Michael. I know that I did. My blood glucose level was about 80 right afterward, lower than it had been in a long time. I also noticed that my appetite was much less right away.
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    barb snyir
    Oct. 28, 2006
    even tho ive gone on the number ten pen ti realy makes me sick....ive lost weight but being sick is not the way i want to be...doc has cut the evening dose out and im to start again in 2 weeks because id get chills and go immediatly to sleep even tho my numbers are normal im still sickly... has any one else gone thru this feel David's reply: You have several...
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    even tho ive gone on the number ten pen ti realy makes me sick....ive lost weight but being sick is not the way i want to be...doc has cut the evening dose out and im to start again in 2 weeks because id get chills and go immediatly to sleep even tho my numbers are normal im still sickly... has any one else gone thru this feel David's reply: You have several choices, Barb. You can ask your doctor to put you pack on the 5 mcg Byetta pen, at least for now. If you stay on the 10 mcg dose, there are many things you can do for the nausea. Please see "Controlling Nausea on Byetta" at: http://blogs.healthcentral.com/diabetes/david-mendosa/controlling-nausea-on-byetta-2006-08-08/print
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    barb snyir
    Oct. 22, 2006
    i hope i put the lat letter in right just found this site love it started byette a month ago....for wieght and sugar surgar is now normall..lost 15 lbs the side affects are horrible but food make me sick to even smell it ..i will be posting often thks fo the message board barb David's Response: Congratulations on your great weight loss, Barb! And please...
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    i hope i put the lat letter in right just found this site love it started byette a month ago....for wieght and sugar surgar is now normall..lost 15 lbs the side affects are horrible but food make me sick to even smell it ..i will be posting often thks fo the message board barb David's Response: Congratulations on your great weight loss, Barb! And please do see my article about controlling nausea on Byetta. It's here at: http://blogs.healthcentral.com/diabetes/david-mendosa/controlling-nausea-on-byetta-2006-08-08/print
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    Wesa
    Oct. 20, 2006
    Well, as I promised 4 weeks after starting Byetta for weight loss, her are the results. I have lost 10 lbs. and with the help of Curves.....17 inches. Six of those inches are from my hips. I have just increased to 10mg. only nausea the first day. David's Response: That's wonderful, Wesa! You are off to a great start. I believe that Byetta can be a life-changing...
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    Well, as I promised 4 weeks after starting Byetta for weight loss, her are the results. I have lost 10 lbs. and with the help of Curves.....17 inches. Six of those inches are from my hips. I have just increased to 10mg. only nausea the first day. David's Response: That's wonderful, Wesa! You are off to a great start. I believe that Byetta can be a life-changing opportunity for you. It certainly has been for me!
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    Wesa
    Oct. 14, 2006
    My endocrinologist. talked to me about Byetta months ago and gave me the option to try it for weight loss. I am not a diabetic YET! But I know I had to do something or I would be. I finally consented, I only wish I had sooner. In one month I have dropped 10lbs. I have joined one of those 30 minute exercise facilities designed for women. I will be measured this...
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    My endocrinologist. talked to me about Byetta months ago and gave me the option to try it for weight loss. I am not a diabetic YET! But I know I had to do something or I would be. I finally consented, I only wish I had sooner. In one month I have dropped 10lbs. I have joined one of those 30 minute exercise facilities designed for women. I will be measured this coming week, I know I have lost inches because I am down almost 2 pant sizes. For those of you that take synthroid. He told me to take my thyroid medicine and then take the Byetta an hour later. This works well for me, I can do my 30 minute workout in that hour and have breakfast when I get home. I never experienced full blow nausea, just a queezy stomach. He suggested Glucerna if that happens and it seems to work well. What is amazing to me is that I have always reached for sugar over good food, now I see baked goods in the store and my stomach turns, the thought of it isn’t even appealing. Good luck to all and will check back when I get measured. David's Response: Good for you, Wesa! You are so lucky to be on Byetta BEFORE diabetes. May you avoid this disease completely.
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    Venus
    Oct. 02, 2006
    I have been on Beyetta for 7 weeks. I lost 22 lbs. but my BS has just dropped a little. However, I developed severe hives at the injection site and last weekend my tongue swelled - a severe allergic reaction. I am heartbroken that I will not be able to continue with the Beyetta. DOes anyone have any solutions? Will be speaking with dr. in the morning. David's...
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    I have been on Beyetta for 7 weeks. I lost 22 lbs. but my BS has just dropped a little. However, I developed severe hives at the injection site and last weekend my tongue swelled - a severe allergic reaction. I am heartbroken that I will not be able to continue with the Beyetta. DOes anyone have any solutions? Will be speaking with dr. in the morning. David's reply: You mention injection "site," Venus. Have you tried other sites? Have you contacted the Byetta hotline? The people there can be helpful too. The toll-free number is 1-800-868-1190.
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    JudiAnne
    Oct. 01, 2006
    I was prescribed Byetta over a month ago but with changes in medicines due to migraines and a bout of sickness, I am just starting to to use it today. I found out about your site by going back on the WebMD diabetes boards and reading everything I could find about Byetta. There was very little so I am very glad I found this. Anyway, I have already picked up...
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    I was prescribed Byetta over a month ago but with changes in medicines due to migraines and a bout of sickness, I am just starting to to use it today. I found out about your site by going back on the WebMD diabetes boards and reading everything I could find about Byetta. There was very little so I am very glad I found this. Anyway, I have already picked up some tips like not overeating and not eating a lot of fat after the injection in order to keep the nausea at bay. I think I read here about not taking the shot until three hours after eating. I am a snacker and sometimes that will be hard for me to do. If it is a hard and fast rule, I guess I will have to do it, but I am wondering if it is. Another thing I am wondering about is - I am now taking Synthroid for my thyroid and I am required to take it and not eat anything for 30 to 60 minutes. Can I do the injection andtake the Synthroid at the same time? Thanks for being here. David's Response: There doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule about how long to wait after a snack before taking Byetta for dinner, JudiAnne. I asked a Byetta doctor about that when I met him at the ADA convention in Washington a few months ago. He told me that it varies from person to person. My guess is that if you don't wait long enough, it might increase the chance of nausea. Personally, I wait at least two hours and have never had a problem. I don't remember if you can take Synthroid and Byetta together. That would be a good question for you to ask the Byetta hotline people.
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    Mare
    Sep. 30, 2006
    I have started my first l0 mcg byetta pen today. Doctor kept me on the 5 mcg for two months. I had a weight loss of 6 lbs the first month and zero lbs the second month with no bad side effects, i.e. nausea. After not losing any weight after the second month on 5mcg, she has decided to put me on the l0 mcg dose. Now for my question, I notice in reading the various...
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    I have started my first l0 mcg byetta pen today. Doctor kept me on the 5 mcg for two months. I had a weight loss of 6 lbs the first month and zero lbs the second month with no bad side effects, i.e. nausea. After not losing any weight after the second month on 5mcg, she has decided to put me on the l0 mcg dose. Now for my question, I notice in reading the various posts that people suffer from nausea. How to ask this delicately...Is it the feeling of nauseau, or is there actual vomiting? I felt very nauseous after my l0 mcg shot this morning, but after an hour or two it subsided. I should also mention that I am on Byetta solely for weight loss benefits as I have all my numbers in normal range. David's Response: Nausea is a pretty common side effect of Byetta at first. Vomiting is much less common, Mare.
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    Clara
    Sep. 21, 2006
    I would like to know if there is a contraindication between Actos, Aleve, and Byetta
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    Stacey
    Sep. 20, 2006
    I started byetta 4 weeks ago. I have had nausea and fatigue. I am feeling a bit better now. I have lost about 5 pounds but the best thing about this new drug is my sugar has come down so much! My A1C was 6.1, down from 9.2. I am very pleased with the results. My first pen was paid for by Anthem but my second pen, which I am trying to get, isn't covered...
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    I started byetta 4 weeks ago. I have had nausea and fatigue. I am feeling a bit better now. I have lost about 5 pounds but the best thing about this new drug is my sugar has come down so much! My A1C was 6.1, down from 9.2. I am very pleased with the results. My first pen was paid for by Anthem but my second pen, which I am trying to get, isn't covered by my insurance. I guess byetta hasn't been approved in Indiana yet. I tried to get assistance from Amylin but since I do have medical insurance they won't help me. So, if I continue to use it, I have to pay $267 a month for it. The only way its covered is under my major medical and it is considered out of network so we are penalized. I am very frustrated. Do you have any idea's? I would like to continue using this medication. Stacey in Indiana
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    Kelley Crumpler
    Sep. 18, 2006
    Hi David, I am a diabetes nurse educator and just love to peek in on your blog from time to time. You are such a great guy! I was reading today and something alarmed me. In response to the post by "Brian" on July 1st regarding his "Byetta" pen. For future reference the pen he describes is what is called a "demo" pen supplied to physicians offices by Lilly...
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    Hi David, I am a diabetes nurse educator and just love to peek in on your blog from time to time. You are such a great guy! I was reading today and something alarmed me. In response to the post by "Brian" on July 1st regarding his "Byetta" pen. For future reference the pen he describes is what is called a "demo" pen supplied to physicians offices by Lilly to demonstrate to patients how the Byetta pen works. It is not intended for actual SQ injection. It was most likely a mistake by his NP and should be reported to the Dr's office and Eli Lilly & Co.
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    Jeanne
    Sep. 14, 2006
    David, I've been following your work for quite some time. I'm so happy to find this site about Byetta since I started it one week ago. I hope your comment about a low fat diet works for me becasue the nausea is horrible. Great site!
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    Karen
    Sep. 14, 2006
    I started byetta 6 days ago and I am happy to see mostly all positive comments about this medication. My doctor started me on the 5 dose and I go see her next week for a follow up on how I am doing I am counting 1600 carbs a day and watching my fat intake while on this medicine and I have not had any side affects so far. I take my byetta just before I eat breakfast...
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    I started byetta 6 days ago and I am happy to see mostly all positive comments about this medication. My doctor started me on the 5 dose and I go see her next week for a follow up on how I am doing I am counting 1600 carbs a day and watching my fat intake while on this medicine and I have not had any side affects so far. I take my byetta just before I eat breakfast and just before I have dinner. I definitely see the difference in my appetite since starting this medicine makes me very anxious to start the 10mg.
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    Christine
    Sep. 08, 2006
    I'm researching Byetta, and I'm trying to find a Canadian who uses it. It's not approved here yet, but I understand some people are driving across the border to the US to get it. I would love to interview such a person. Email me at ccrosbie@globaltv.com.
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    Mare
    Aug. 21, 2006
    It's been three weeks on 5 mcg of byetta. I have no appetite, a slight metallic taste in my mouth (only ccasionally), no nausea, and have lost 5 lbs. I wonder if the doctor is going to increase to the l0 mcg dosage at the end of the month when i see her? Is that something that is commonly done? Does a higher dosage give you more of a chance at weight loss?...
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    It's been three weeks on 5 mcg of byetta. I have no appetite, a slight metallic taste in my mouth (only ccasionally), no nausea, and have lost 5 lbs. I wonder if the doctor is going to increase to the l0 mcg dosage at the end of the month when i see her? Is that something that is commonly done? Does a higher dosage give you more of a chance at weight loss? David's Response: Yes, Mare, usually but not always the doctor will increase the dose after a month to 10 mcg. It will help you increase your weight loss, because it will help you to eat less.
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    Jules Amero
    Aug. 21, 2006
    My first month on the 5.. yay. A little nauseous, tired but NOT HUNGRY! Very nice. Well worth sticking to it. My question is about other meds, I take wellbutrin, but must take it in the morning or it keeps me up all night, I also take once a day antibiotic, for my skin and spironalactone.. when should I take this stuff? Also, is it okay to have a smoothie instead...
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    My first month on the 5.. yay. A little nauseous, tired but NOT HUNGRY! Very nice. Well worth sticking to it. My question is about other meds, I take wellbutrin, but must take it in the morning or it keeps me up all night, I also take once a day antibiotic, for my skin and spironalactone.. when should I take this stuff? Also, is it okay to have a smoothie instead of a meal? and last, if I have say, 3 crakers and cheese, must I really wait 3 hours till my PM shot? Are liquids like broth or soda okay before shots? You never remember to ask your Doc everything and the hotline doesnt give out too much info!! Good luck to everyone.. lets hope this works wonders for all of us!
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    judy
    Aug. 10, 2006
    i have been on byette for 3 months- i have lost 30 pounds. I i must be wierd but i seem to have more energy after dosing. maybe the engery is from weight lost i am on 10 mg but the first 2 months i was on 5. on 10 every morning i weigh myself and am surprised at another weight loss.
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    Mare
    Jul. 29, 2006
    I am starting Byetta on Aug 1. What is a good meal plan to follow while on it? Right now I usually have a small bowl of whole grain cereal, a piece of fruit and coffee with fat free milk as my breakfast, my main meal at 3 or 4 pm (4-6 ozs protein, a carb and veggie, and then a small snack around 7 (coffee, tea, water, sugar free cookies or a sugar free frozen...
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    I am starting Byetta on Aug 1. What is a good meal plan to follow while on it? Right now I usually have a small bowl of whole grain cereal, a piece of fruit and coffee with fat free milk as my breakfast, my main meal at 3 or 4 pm (4-6 ozs protein, a carb and veggie, and then a small snack around 7 (coffee, tea, water, sugar free cookies or a sugar free frozen yogurt. Sometimes I have a piece of fruit as a snack during the day or a handful of peanuts. I can't imagine eating less than I do right now. I have already lost over 50 lbs on my own since I found out I have Type 2, so will Byetta help me lose more? My doc is adding it to my medications (also take glucophage-2000 mg a day) because I have not been able to lose any weight the past three months. David's Response: This is an excellent question, Mare. And it's something that I have thought a lot about in the six months that I have been on Byetta. I think the main point has to be that because people on Byetta usually aren't very hungry and therefore don't eat a lot, we have to be careful that absolutely everything that we eat is nutritious. That means first no empty calories. It then means carefully balancing the good (low glycemic) carbs with the good fats (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and fish oil) and protein that is low in saturated fat. It also means that we have to up our fiber intake because we are eating so much less. I take a fiber supplement. Personally, I cannot tolerate anything but a very small breakfast with almost no carbs now that I am taking Byetta. So my breakfast is largely protein, like turkey bacon and fried eggs. For lunch I have a small salad and/or some of the delicious fruit of the season. I don't forget to get a handful of nuts. Sometimes I will have a small bowl of plain non-fat yogurt. For dinner most people who don't have diabetes (yet) usually have something like bread, then an appetizer, then soup or salad, and then the entree of some protein, a veggie, and some starch, like a potato, french fries, corn, or rice. And then a dessert. Of this all I have is the protein (fish, chicken, or bison) and a veggie.
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    Tammy
    Jul. 28, 2006
    Has anyone else experienced a metallic taste when eating? The first bite will be okay until just before I swallow, then WHAM! tin can taste. The taste lingers for a while afterwards. I've lost 10 pounds this first month without really trying, now if I could only add 120 more to that! :)
    • Anonymous
      redthunder
      Aug. 29, 2009

      Yes, I have a terrible metallic taste in my mouth.  Also,I can't drink milk--it tastes sour even if it is fresh from store!  And butter tastes off to me also.

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    Charles
    Jul. 25, 2006
    I have been using Byetta 10 for 5 months,I have nausea all day ,foods don't taste good anymore, just plain miserable! Wasn't sure if you should stop cold turkey or what. Called doctor but he did not call me back. I just stopped using Byette and see what happens. I will watch diet, I did lose weight but being miserable was not worth it. Good luck to...
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    I have been using Byetta 10 for 5 months,I have nausea all day ,foods don't taste good anymore, just plain miserable! Wasn't sure if you should stop cold turkey or what. Called doctor but he did not call me back. I just stopped using Byette and see what happens. I will watch diet, I did lose weight but being miserable was not worth it. Good luck to those who can use it.
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    Sam
    Jul. 22, 2006
    I am planning a trip backpacking the problem is what to do with the Byetta. Since starting it my insulin usage has gone doen from 85 u of Lantus to 29 U. I don't want to leave it at home Will be back packing and camping for 2 weeks David's Response: Two weeks away from a refrigerator can be a problem, Sam. The travel pack that Amylin provides -- and...
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    I am planning a trip backpacking the problem is what to do with the Byetta. Since starting it my insulin usage has gone doen from 85 u of Lantus to 29 U. I don't want to leave it at home Will be back packing and camping for 2 weeks David's Response: Two weeks away from a refrigerator can be a problem, Sam. The travel pack that Amylin provides -- and which I often use -- is rated for storing Byetta for just three hours. So I called Byetta customer support on your behalf. All that they could tell me was that as long as the Byetta is not refrigerated for more than a total of 144 hours over the life of the pen -- about six days -- you wouldn't have a problem. It does otherwise need to be stored at 36 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit.
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    Gabrielle
    Jul. 18, 2006
    I wonder if you've heard about any negative interactions between Byetta and Lithium. I've been having severe depression since I started using Byetta, more severe the higher the dose. I don't know if it's coincedental, and I hope it's not! I'm happy with my new sugar levels and the 7 pounds I've lost in a month. But I fear there may...
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    I wonder if you've heard about any negative interactions between Byetta and Lithium. I've been having severe depression since I started using Byetta, more severe the higher the dose. I don't know if it's coincedental, and I hope it's not! I'm happy with my new sugar levels and the 7 pounds I've lost in a month. But I fear there may be a connection. Any data? David's Response: I haven't heard about any interaction between Byetta and lithium, Gabrielle. So I called Byetta customer service for you. They said that they found no specific interactions during clinical trials and have issued no precautions or warnings about it. However, some medications require rapid absorption and those medications need to be taken an hour before taking Byetta. We don't know if lithium is one of those medications and suggest that you ask your health care provider.
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      redthunder
      Aug. 29, 2009

      I don't take lithium, but in the last three days I have become very depressed to the point I have considered resigning from my job.  I am wondering if there is a connection with the Byetta.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Aug. 29, 2009

      I'm sorry that you are depressed. Depression is often connected with having diabetes. But not with taking Byetta.

       

      Best regards,

       

      David

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    Laura
    Jul. 16, 2006
    I read the comment from the woman stating she is itching after taking the shot, I have been itching as well. Is that a side affect, other than that Byetta has been great for me.
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    Brian
    Jul. 01, 2006
    David...I started Byetta app. 2 months ago. Finally had to stop due to extreme nausea. Would love to try again. However, I have a problem that no one, not even my endo, can answer. When I got my scrip, the nurse practitioner gave me a sample pen to try before I got the scrip filled. I followed her directions that night and injected a 5mg dose. Immediately...
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    David...I started Byetta app. 2 months ago. Finally had to stop due to extreme nausea. Would love to try again. However, I have a problem that no one, not even my endo, can answer. When I got my scrip, the nurse practitioner gave me a sample pen to try before I got the scrip filled. I followed her directions that night and injected a 5mg dose. Immediately after injecting, I noticed that printed on the side of the pen in red letters was: "Not intended for human use." Then in black print below that was "Demonstration Pen". I tried to call my endo, but his office was closed, so called the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist what the heck I had injected into my stomach. She had no idea. The only ingredient listed on this pen is "Contains metacresol, no active ingredients." When I finally got hold of my endo, he said he had no idea. I have contacted the company with no response. But since that time I have had stomach pains in the injection site, and a "hardening", for lack of a better word, of that site. I cannot use that site for my insulin injections due to the pain when injecting. Any idea what I injected? I am very concerned, but cannot get an answer. Thanks! David's Response: Brian, I was quite disturbed by your report so I called the Amylin Lilly Customer Support Center hotline at 1-800-868-1190 and spoke with a pharmacist there by the name of Michon. You might want to call him too, and he also suggests that you may be having an allergic reaction to the metacresol, so he recommends that you see an allergist.
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      Theresa_Cyrgalis
      Nov. 14, 2008

      Brian look up the ingredient in the pen, this is just one link I found.  They say it is used in making explosives.  I would be a little pissed at your doctors office, hopefully you are OK since this was in July, would be curious to know if you suffered any side effects or serious damage due to the negligence of the nurse practitioner that is...

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      Brian look up the ingredient in the pen, this is just one link I found.  They say it is used in making explosives.  I would be a little pissed at your doctors office, hopefully you are OK since this was in July, would be curious to know if you suffered any side effects or serious damage due to the negligence of the nurse practitioner that is something she should definitely checked before dispensing it to you.

       

      http://www.springerlink.com/content/w3u602654n705423/

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    Phyllis Maley
    Jun. 26, 2006
    Thanks for this informative and responsible site! I started Byette a week ago. On Avandia for years with good control but horrible weight gain. So far doing well with only Byette...losing weight. I have noticed a pin prick sensation under my skin since the 3rd day...anyone else have this feeling? Not a severe itching but more noticeable after injection.Thanks!
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    Tanya
    Jun. 19, 2006
    Quick update on my incedible nasuea after starting the 10mg pen. IT IS GONE. (I had no side effects of mention on 5 BUT my first full week on 10 was a REAL challenge) But I feel wonderful now and a bit scared that I can't eat much at all so am focusing on lean protein and veggies...20 pounds in 40 days..and only 30-40 more to go. NOW I KNOW I CAN DO THIS...
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    Quick update on my incedible nasuea after starting the 10mg pen. IT IS GONE. (I had no side effects of mention on 5 BUT my first full week on 10 was a REAL challenge) But I feel wonderful now and a bit scared that I can't eat much at all so am focusing on lean protein and veggies...20 pounds in 40 days..and only 30-40 more to go. NOW I KNOW I CAN DO THIS for the first time since losing 100 pounds 15 years ago and getting stuck at 220 plds. Blood sugar levels in double digits in the a.m. for the first time ever and glucophage down to 500mg twice a day. Be patient with this drug. Be kind to yourself!
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    Jaimie
    Jun. 15, 2006
    Hi David, Your information on these pages is priceless. I am type "1.5" and starting byetta. been taking it a little over 1 week and the nausea is passing but I am SOO fatigued and tired that I can barely keep my eyes open at the computer. I called my endo and she says "humm, never heard of it" do you want to discontinue? I know the tiredness is from byetta...
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    Hi David, Your information on these pages is priceless. I am type "1.5" and starting byetta. been taking it a little over 1 week and the nausea is passing but I am SOO fatigued and tired that I can barely keep my eyes open at the computer. I called my endo and she says "humm, never heard of it" do you want to discontinue? I know the tiredness is from byetta and I want to stick it out to see if it helps me more with weight loss. My sugars are good, my A1c last time was 6.1 but need to lose about 40 pounds and I do exercise and watch carb/calories so I hope the byetta will be my answer....... How long before your tiredness went away? Keep pressin' on! Jaimie "When I started on Byetta, I had the same fatigue. My doctor said that it was normal, particularly in consideration of my change in diet and eating less and that it would go away. It did — and now I have more energy than ever! Hang in there, Nancy! " David's Response: My tiredness lasted two or three weeks, Jaimie. I have heard of several people who had to go through this stage. It's worth waiting it out. Now, I have more energy than ever!
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    Debbie
    Jun. 12, 2006
    I have been on Byetta for about 7 weeks total now. I had good results and only a tiny bit of nausea when starting the 5mcg injections. But my morning #'s began slipping back up from 150ish to the mid 200's. My doc increased my dosage to 10mcg about 10 days ago. Within about 3 days, I began feeling sicker than I've ever felt...nausea, vommiting,...
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    I have been on Byetta for about 7 weeks total now. I had good results and only a tiny bit of nausea when starting the 5mcg injections. But my morning #'s began slipping back up from 150ish to the mid 200's. My doc increased my dosage to 10mcg about 10 days ago. Within about 3 days, I began feeling sicker than I've ever felt...nausea, vommiting, even diarrhea. I've lost about 20 pounds in the 7 weeks (of about 100 I needed to lose), but I don't think this is the way it's supposed to go (at least the past week's pattern). My doc is taking me back down to the 5 mcg pen as I've been too sick to even commute to work. I also find that the thought of meat-type food makes me queasy. Is this common? Will it pass? Do you have suggestions for how to wait-out the sickness. I am so encouraged by the lower post-meal #'s and the weight loss, I don't want to give up my Byetta. Thanks for your help! David's Response: It seems like different people have different food sensitivities on Byetta, Debbie. Some, like me, don't seem to have any, but I have heard of several different ones. My first suggestion, as I just wrote in response to another comment, is to cut way back on fat. That seems to help reduce the nausea. Eventually, the nausea will go away, but a low fat diet will make it go away faster. My second suggestion is to ask your doctor for an anti-nausea prescription.
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    Nancy Nye
    Jun. 10, 2006
    hi again.......As you said a few weeks ago, my fatigue/nausea has started to subside. However, I started a new pen about 4 days ago and I am right back where I started from. Have barely been able to get up and do anything which is VERY unusual for me. Any suggestions? David's Response: I asked a Byetta physician that question when I met him at the ADA convention...
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    hi again.......As you said a few weeks ago, my fatigue/nausea has started to subside. However, I started a new pen about 4 days ago and I am right back where I started from. Have barely been able to get up and do anything which is VERY unusual for me. Any suggestions? David's Response: I asked a Byetta physician that question when I met him at the ADA convention that just finished. He told me that he would recommend a low-fat diet
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    Mike
    Jun. 10, 2006
    As a new Byetta user I have been very pleased. I had been taking 80-100 u of insulin daily. That has been eliminated completely. My Bg is higher than it should be, usually running in the 170's, but that is without any insulin. I am anxious to go to the 10 unit dose. Wish I didn't have to wait another 2 wks. To comment on the tiredness and weakness...
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    As a new Byetta user I have been very pleased. I had been taking 80-100 u of insulin daily. That has been eliminated completely. My Bg is higher than it should be, usually running in the 170's, but that is without any insulin. I am anxious to go to the 10 unit dose. Wish I didn't have to wait another 2 wks. To comment on the tiredness and weakness some have experienced - I wonder if that isn't the result of increased fat metabolism with a resulting increase in keytone build-up? I think you would be well advised to increase your water intake to see about flushing things our of your body. In my case, regarding weight loss, I was rather shocked to get on a scale that said I had lost 12 lbs in 11 days. That seemed too incredible, however welcome. Between the reduced calorie intake and the increase in fat metabolism as am no longer injecting insulin, I am hopeful. Thanks for the information of your site, it is most helpful.
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    Debbie
    Jun. 10, 2006
    My husband started the Byetta 5 pen 4 days ago today. He was diagnosed Type 2 about 5 years ago. Has not lost any weight. Had one bought of low bg, but otherwise felt fine until yesterday. Now about 20-30 minutes after the morning injection (injecting 2x a day)he gets excessive fatigue, some lightheadedness and can hardly keep his eyes open. I know on your...
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    My husband started the Byetta 5 pen 4 days ago today. He was diagnosed Type 2 about 5 years ago. Has not lost any weight. Had one bought of low bg, but otherwise felt fine until yesterday. Now about 20-30 minutes after the morning injection (injecting 2x a day)he gets excessive fatigue, some lightheadedness and can hardly keep his eyes open. I know on your blog David that you say the fatigue passes, but he cannot work or even drive to work when he is like this. When he started the byetta they cut his amaryl from 4 mg per day to 2 mg per day (takes in the am) and still takes 45 mg actos in am and 1500 mg glucophage in pm. Do you have any thoughts on this? David's Response: Please suggest that your husband discuss this problem with his doctor. I can't diagnose it, but one concern that immediately comes to mind is that he is taking four different drugs for diabetes. Doctors generally don't prescribe more than two or at the most three diabetes medications. My other suggestion, which I just made in reply to another comment is that a low-fat diet will help.
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    Leslie
    Jun. 10, 2006
    I forgot to say in my first message....Prior to Byetta, I was having vision problems. Very blurry vision. That has cleared up completely. I also used to have terrible foot pain, but that is not a problem anymore. I'm not sure if it is because of the weight loss or what. All I know is doesn't hurt when I get out of bed in the morning or when I do a lot...
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    I forgot to say in my first message....Prior to Byetta, I was having vision problems. Very blurry vision. That has cleared up completely. I also used to have terrible foot pain, but that is not a problem anymore. I'm not sure if it is because of the weight loss or what. All I know is doesn't hurt when I get out of bed in the morning or when I do a lot of walking.
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    Leslie
    Jun. 10, 2006
    I have used Byetta since January 2006. I had not been managing my diabetes for a very long time (many months)and I didn't know what to do, what to eat, or anything. My BG was completely out of control. I finally was scared enough to go to the doctor. He suggested Byetta injections, since he said I was on the way to insulin anyway if I didn't get control...
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    I have used Byetta since January 2006. I had not been managing my diabetes for a very long time (many months)and I didn't know what to do, what to eat, or anything. My BG was completely out of control. I finally was scared enough to go to the doctor. He suggested Byetta injections, since he said I was on the way to insulin anyway if I didn't get control of myself. I too was apprehensive of the needles, but when I saw how teeny-tiny they were I laughed! I can do this! I inject in my midrift area. No big deal. After my first injection, my BG went from over 200+ to around 100. I was amazed. When I first started Byetta, I had nausea mostly in the evenings, but I was taking metformin and glyburide twice a day. My blood sugar after my evening shot and dinner would plummet to 40-50. Not fun! So my doctor took me off the evening dose of glyburide. That helped the drop in blood sugar. I had some nausea issues in the mornings, but it usually subsided in a couple hours. I keep saltine crackers around. It is just like morning sickness to me and the crackers help. I have lost about 25 pounds so far because I just don't get hungry! It is so nice not to have the "raving cravings" I used to have. Sometimes I even forget to eat lunch. A far cry from the chronic overeating I was doing before Byetta. It took about three months to completely lose the nausea, but it does go away. So be sure to give it a good chance to work. I intend to stay on Byetta indefinitly. Good luck to everyone.
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    T
    Jun. 08, 2006
    I love being on Byetta. For the first time since I can remember I am loosing weight (10 lbs - yes). I do battle with nausea. To combat it I started with 1-2 sugared soft ginger piece after the shots (healthfood store bulk) and this seems to help me.
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    Art
    Jun. 04, 2006
    I have been on Byetta 10 for 3 months. Have been having a lot of problems with heartburn. Not sure if this is a side effect or not and not sure how to handle it. Experience some nausea, and no appetite @ noon many days. BS readings are coming down but no weight loss. Any help with the heartburn issue? Also, is there any problem eating a mid-afternoon snack...
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    I have been on Byetta 10 for 3 months. Have been having a lot of problems with heartburn. Not sure if this is a side effect or not and not sure how to handle it. Experience some nausea, and no appetite @ noon many days. BS readings are coming down but no weight loss. Any help with the heartburn issue? Also, is there any problem eating a mid-afternoon snack and then getting the shot several hours later for the evening meal - in other words, how long must a person wait after eating before taking the evening shot? David's Response: Whether or not your hearburn is a result of taking Byetta, Art, I would suggest that you see your doctor about it. From my personal experience, I know that I had heartburn for years. I took Tums or Mylanta for it, which would help temporarily. It wasn't until I got a prescription from my doctor that I was able to stop it permanently. Good question about how long to wait to take Byetta after a snack. The official Byetta advice is to take it before eating, not afterwards. But I have never seen a recommendation about how long to wait until after a snack. My guess is that if you waited two hours, it would be fine. That's because in two hours essentially all of the blood glucose effects of your snack would be gone.
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    jess
    May. 26, 2006
    my results are similar to yours in control, but I have less weight loss and no complications if I eat a full meal. One tip I can pass along. In disposing of the needle, I use a sharps container and the recommended method of using the shield to remove the needle and then disposing of both in the container,clogs us my sharps container and the opening is too small...
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    my results are similar to yours in control, but I have less weight loss and no complications if I eat a full meal. One tip I can pass along. In disposing of the needle, I use a sharps container and the recommended method of using the shield to remove the needle and then disposing of both in the container,clogs us my sharps container and the opening is too small for the shield. I just uscrew the needle taking care not to stick myself and drop it in the container and then throw the plastic shield in the garbage. Keep up the good work, byetta can really help people and I have found very few complications. I have some burping and have to eat prunes to try and keep regular, but otherwise have good readings and decent energy for an old guy. my AIC has gone from 7.7 to 6.5 in a month and my present 30 day meter reading is 141 and my 14 day is 132. I take actos and metformin and have gone from 213 to 200 in six weeks.
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    Missy
    May. 25, 2006
    I am experiencing low bg in the evening with a lot of nausea. My bg have been as low as 52 but average 70's 2 hrs after meal in the evening. I don't have any problems in the am -have not lost much weight on the 5 pen. I take glucophage 500mg/2x day. What am I doing wrong? David's Response: What else are you taking with Byetta? It isn't known...
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    I am experiencing low bg in the evening with a lot of nausea. My bg have been as low as 52 but average 70's 2 hrs after meal in the evening. I don't have any problems in the am -have not lost much weight on the 5 pen. I take glucophage 500mg/2x day. What am I doing wrong? David's Response: What else are you taking with Byetta? It isn't known for causing such low numbers. If you are taking insulin or a sulfonylurea, however, they do cause such hypos.
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    Nancy Nye
    May. 21, 2006
    I started on 5 mg of Byetta once a day about 6 weeks ago. Had some initial bouts of moderate nausea but got over that in a couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, I upped the Byetta to twice a day. The nausea came back but again is subsiding. However, I am feeling sooooo tired and listless that it's almost unbearable. I want very much to stay the course with the...
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    I started on 5 mg of Byetta once a day about 6 weeks ago. Had some initial bouts of moderate nausea but got over that in a couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, I upped the Byetta to twice a day. The nausea came back but again is subsiding. However, I am feeling sooooo tired and listless that it's almost unbearable. I want very much to stay the course with the Byetta as i have lost 6+ pounds which i haven't been able to do in several years. But will the fatigue go away? It's a killer ;-(( David's Response: When I started on Byetta, I had the same fatigue. My doctor said that it was normal, particularly in consideration of my change in diet and eating less and that it would go away. It did -- and now I have more energy than ever! Hang in there, Nancy!
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    Hazel Blackmon
    May. 20, 2006
    I have been on byetta about 6 wks and I havenot lost any weight i have somewhat gain a lot of fluid so my Doctor have changed my fluid pill i hope somrthing begain to work.
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    Janna
    May. 17, 2006
    Hi David How fascinating to read all these accounts of people's experiences with Byetta. I have been on it just a few months. I started out with 5mcg and am now on my 2nd 10 mcg pen. I've lost about 10 pounds, much to my surprise! I'm also on Avandia (4mg, 2X daily) and Metformin (1000mg, 2X daily). I haven't had too much trouble with nausea,...
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    Hi David How fascinating to read all these accounts of people's experiences with Byetta. I have been on it just a few months. I started out with 5mcg and am now on my 2nd 10 mcg pen. I've lost about 10 pounds, much to my surprise! I'm also on Avandia (4mg, 2X daily) and Metformin (1000mg, 2X daily). I haven't had too much trouble with nausea, though I have had some mild nausea in the evenings. My evening meal is usually the smallest meal of my day, because I'm just not hungry at dinnertime. Most evenings I don't feel unwell, but I find that a few saltines and a sip of water can quell that nausea. The best news, however, is that my last A1C was 5.9! That is in the range of a person that doesn't even have diabetes! So I feel I'm having success with the combination of meds I'm taking. My dilemma, however, is that my husband was laid off from his job last week, and my medical benefits run out as of midnight, May 22nd, 2006. My pharmacy told me that the Byetta pens are $250 each. There is absolutely no way I will be able to afford the Byetta out-of-pocket with my husband unemployed, especially since I MUST have the oral medications. I'm seeing my doctor tomorrow to see if he has any advice. I've looked online and can't find any information about Byetta sold at a discount, and I doubt in our present situation I could afford it if it were over even, say, $50. I'm so excited about what the Byetta has done for me, and I'm so disappointed about having to potentially stop using it. If anyone has any ideas, I would be grateful. Byetta is not available in Canada, I checked. David's Response: It would be terrible if you had to stop Byetta now, Janna, because you can't afford it. There is, however, some hope. Please contact the manufacturer's patient assistance program. See http://www.amylin.com/products/reimbursement.cfm
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    nan cavnor
    May. 17, 2006
    i have been using byetta for 2.5 m,onths now and have been doing great TILL 5 days ago-now after dinner i have a very severe LOW - nothing has changed but my weight , which is down - i am an insulin user and tye 2 diabetic for 6 years now- i surely want to stay on the byetta but the lows puzzel me. David's Response: Byetta is now known for causing severe...
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    i have been using byetta for 2.5 m,onths now and have been doing great TILL 5 days ago-now after dinner i have a very severe LOW - nothing has changed but my weight , which is down - i am an insulin user and tye 2 diabetic for 6 years now- i surely want to stay on the byetta but the lows puzzel me. David's Response: Byetta is now known for causing severe lows unless you use it with a sulfonylurea or insulin. I would suspect the latter, Nan. You may have to cut back your insulin dose.
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    Dana
    May. 17, 2006
    I've been on Byetta for 9 days now, I've lost 6lbs. I haven't experienced any nausea, I have however been having headaches and body aches the last couple of days,in everything that I've read about Byetta it's never mentioned body aches as a side effect. Could it be the Byetta? David's Response: Different people do experience different...
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    I've been on Byetta for 9 days now, I've lost 6lbs. I haven't experienced any nausea, I have however been having headaches and body aches the last couple of days,in everything that I've read about Byetta it's never mentioned body aches as a side effect. Could it be the Byetta? David's Response: Different people do experience different side effects from drugs, Dana. But body aches as a result of taking Byetta is not one that has been reported. Please see http://pi.lilly.com/us/byetta-pi.pdf
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    Lynda
    May. 16, 2006
    I began taking Byetta four days ago and have had minimal bouts of nausea and headache. The one question I had, "What happens if I don't eat within and hour of taking Byetta?" seemed to have no written answer. Then I found it on your blog. Thanks so much for your research and commentary.
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    Sara Warne
    May. 15, 2006
    David, what a great site. Thank you. I have been taking Byetta 5 for a week now. I also take 1000 mg metformin/am/pm and 2mg avandia/am/pm. This drug is amazing. I have experienced a couple of morning lows (75) (87) and once I passed out at the gym (100bg), but my bg #'s are running really great. Never been this good before. I do feel slightly nauseaus...
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    David, what a great site. Thank you. I have been taking Byetta 5 for a week now. I also take 1000 mg metformin/am/pm and 2mg avandia/am/pm. This drug is amazing. I have experienced a couple of morning lows (75) (87) and once I passed out at the gym (100bg), but my bg #'s are running really great. Never been this good before. I do feel slightly nauseaus and fatigued, but my numbers are so good, I am happy. I have lost 3 lbs. In the last 2 days I have noticed increased energy, but it quickly dissipates. Is that a normal expectation? If I am getting such good results on the 5, do I need to increase to 10? Oh, I forgot, I just don't feel like eating. I have read on other blogs about people just doing Glucerna for 2 meals and then eating a light dinner. Is this a smart thing to do? I have NEVER been able to shed my excess lard (HAHA)210 lbs and 3 lbs in 1 week makes me ecstatic. I think this drug is such a miracle and I don't want to do anything tht might jeopardize it's effectiveness. Thank you for your help and advise. David's Response: I appreciate your kind words and am so glad that Byetta is working so well for you. I am sure that your energy will be tremendous soon. But I certainly would not recommend Glucerna. I have never been able to understand that in what way it is appropriate for people with diabetes. Many of the ingredients certainly aren't (the high level of maltodextrin certainly bothers me) and there sure are a lot of them:
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    John
    May. 12, 2006
    I am scheduled to begin Byetta within a few days. Thanks for all the comments regarding the variety of things I might expect. My question: I travel frequently -- sometimes to Europe which could be a 17-hour deal -- and wonder what kind of travel kit is best. Thanks. David's Response: Byetta does offer a free travel kit that you probably will get a coupon...
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    I am scheduled to begin Byetta within a few days. Thanks for all the comments regarding the variety of things I might expect. My question: I travel frequently -- sometimes to Europe which could be a 17-hour deal -- and wonder what kind of travel kit is best. Thanks. David's Response: Byetta does offer a free travel kit that you probably will get a coupon for with your first pen. However, for your longer trips I would suggest the kind of travel kits that insulin users rely on the most. This is the Frio. See http://www.mendosa.com/carrying_insulin.htm
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    Donna
    May. 12, 2006
    I started Byetta 5 15 days ago, I have lost 17 pounds already! The first 10 days were excellent, great bg readings, no nausea, reduced appetite and weight loss. For the past few days, I am extremely weak, have bouts of swating, rapid pulse, simply lifeless feeling, no energy at all. Called my doctor today, he said to reduce from 2 injections to 1 per day to...
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    I started Byetta 5 15 days ago, I have lost 17 pounds already! The first 10 days were excellent, great bg readings, no nausea, reduced appetite and weight loss. For the past few days, I am extremely weak, have bouts of swating, rapid pulse, simply lifeless feeling, no energy at all. Called my doctor today, he said to reduce from 2 injections to 1 per day to see if I get over weakness, etc. I certainly don't want to give up on Byetta with the great results in weight loss and glucose control. Have you received similiar reports of this much weight loss in such a short time and any reports of weakness, sweats, rapid pulse, etc. ? Thanks so much! David's Response: Donna, just like you, I went through a period of a lot of weakness and lack of energy when I started on Byetta. I was concerned enough that I mentioned it to my doctor. He reassured me that it was absolutely normal, considering my change of diet (eating a lot less) and that it would pass. It certainly did. And now I have more energy than ever!
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    Deb
    May. 05, 2006
    I have been on Byetta for a month now and have lost 10 lbs. I do have a daily bout of nausea every morning but it subsides with a bit of ginger ale and a sugar free mint. The evening dose is the one that gives me the worst nausea, sometimes really bad for up to 2 hours. Is there a reason the one at night seems to be worse? David's Response: Yes, Deb, there...
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    I have been on Byetta for a month now and have lost 10 lbs. I do have a daily bout of nausea every morning but it subsides with a bit of ginger ale and a sugar free mint. The evening dose is the one that gives me the worst nausea, sometimes really bad for up to 2 hours. Is there a reason the one at night seems to be worse? David's Response: Yes, Deb, there is certainly a reason why you might expect to have nausea after the evening dose of Byetta. We almost always have a bigger meal at night. It is that food that triggers the nausea. Byetta folks tell me that you can minimize the nausea by eating right after taking the shot. But if you want to maximize the satiety, wait until almost an hour, when you get over your nausea.
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    Rose
    Apr. 28, 2006
    I, too, got itchy welts about 1" around the injection site with the 10 Byetta. My doctor returned me to the 5 size. I started on Byetta about 7 weeks ago, and have gained 2 lbs. Am I doing something wrong? My Alc level is 5.8, down from 6.2, so that worked. Should I just be satisfied with the improvement in BG? David's Response: There's not too much...
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    I, too, got itchy welts about 1" around the injection site with the 10 Byetta. My doctor returned me to the 5 size. I started on Byetta about 7 weeks ago, and have gained 2 lbs. Am I doing something wrong? My Alc level is 5.8, down from 6.2, so that worked. Should I just be satisfied with the improvement in BG? David's Response: There's not too much that you can be doing wrong, Rose. The main thing to consider is when you are taking your Byetta. You need to take it from one minute to one hour before eating breakfast and dinner. If you take it closer to the one minute mark you will get less nausea, if that is a problem. If you take it closer to the one hour mark, you will get more appetite suppression. The other thing to remember is that Byetta is not magic. It helps you by reducing your appetite. But it doesn't stop you from eating a lot, and if you continue to eat a lot you can't possibly lose weight.
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    Sherry
    Apr. 25, 2006
    I have been using Byetta for approximately 4 months now. By A1C was around 7.5-8 and I was headed for insulin. I had maxed out on oral meds and decided to try Byetta. I have lost 32 pounds in 4 months. I have so much energy I cannot sit still. I am eating better, and stay full longer, and fill up quicker which causes me to take in less food--thus the weight...
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    I have been using Byetta for approximately 4 months now. By A1C was around 7.5-8 and I was headed for insulin. I had maxed out on oral meds and decided to try Byetta. I have lost 32 pounds in 4 months. I have so much energy I cannot sit still. I am eating better, and stay full longer, and fill up quicker which causes me to take in less food--thus the weight loss. I have been very happy with Byetta and the results. I am beginning to feel like a normal person for the first time since I was diagnosed 8 yrs. ago. God bless whomever made this. I only pray it was more affordable for more people. My doctor now has 300 patients on this medication. I am so glad I tried it.
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      Rosalind
      Jun. 20, 2007
      You are blessing Dr. John Buse at the University of North Carolina, UNC Diabetes, Endocrinology, Metabolism Clinic. He is one of the co-founders of Byetta.
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    Ginny
    Apr. 23, 2006
    I started on 5 mcg of Byetta in Dec 05. I had some nausea, but it seemed to be subsiding with time. I noticed right away that I had to eat immediately after injecting. In Jan 06 I went to 10 mcg and I had incapacitating nausea attacks, and severe headaches with immediate onset after injecting. By March, I was injecting only once per day, and sometimes not...
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    I started on 5 mcg of Byetta in Dec 05. I had some nausea, but it seemed to be subsiding with time. I noticed right away that I had to eat immediately after injecting. In Jan 06 I went to 10 mcg and I had incapacitating nausea attacks, and severe headaches with immediate onset after injecting. By March, I was injecting only once per day, and sometimes not at all. I spoke with my doctor and he reluctently agreed to have me go back on the 5. I believe my dr. felt I was exaggerating my symptoms, which I wasn't. Since going back on 5 I haven't had nausea or headaches. Since Dec 05, I have only lost 15 pounds, but I have noticed that I don't gain weight while on the medication, and my appetite is in better control. My A1C has improved, but my morning bs levels are still elevated. I have failed on all other oral meds, so I hope I can stick this out. I seem to have gotten the double whammy, extreme ill-health effects on the higher dose (almost as if I was over-dosing) and little to no weight-loss. But, I would recommend this treatment for anyone who their dr. feels would benefit. Injecting isn't fun, but I am hopeful that the long-term effects will prove to be most beneficial.
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    Nancy Meister
    Apr. 23, 2006
    I have been on Byetta for 5 days and my sugar was 91 when I went to bed. When I got up I checked it and it was 253. Am I not doing something wrong? I am on the lowest dose now. I, also, seem to get rather tired and sleepy, not sure if this is the after effects of a cold or the Byetta. David's Response: That is very strange, Nancy. If you don't have...
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    I have been on Byetta for 5 days and my sugar was 91 when I went to bed. When I got up I checked it and it was 253. Am I not doing something wrong? I am on the lowest dose now. I, also, seem to get rather tired and sleepy, not sure if this is the after effects of a cold or the Byetta. David's Response: That is very strange, Nancy. If you don't have a cold and this pattern continues, you very much need to discuss it with your physician.
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    Ann
    Apr. 17, 2006
    I was on Byetta from Apr. 1 to Apr. 10. It was working great for me until I developed this severe rash with itchy, hot welts all over. I had lost 10 lbs and I was pleased w. my diabetic numbers..I had nausea in the beginning (3 days) but the rash stopped it all. I'm really sad about this great hope and now my doctors say I am allergic! I wonder if any...
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    I was on Byetta from Apr. 1 to Apr. 10. It was working great for me until I developed this severe rash with itchy, hot welts all over. I had lost 10 lbs and I was pleased w. my diabetic numbers..I had nausea in the beginning (3 days) but the rash stopped it all. I'm really sad about this great hope and now my doctors say I am allergic! I wonder if any one else got a rash..
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      Eleanor Guerrero
      Nov. 26, 2007
      Yes, I have been on byetta for about 6 days and in the 2nd dose I vomited 4 times and after that I felt nauseated but didn't vomit. Soon the nausea stopped but I began to get red itchy rashes. I am seeing the doctor tomorrow. I also now have abdominal pulsating pain on the right side of my abdomen. I really want to continue using it. I don't eat as...
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      Yes, I have been on byetta for about 6 days and in the 2nd dose I vomited 4 times and after that I felt nauseated but didn't vomit. Soon the nausea stopped but I began to get red itchy rashes. I am seeing the doctor tomorrow. I also now have abdominal pulsating pain on the right side of my abdomen. I really want to continue using it. I don't eat as much as it curbs my appetite. I want to continue using it but I am affraid my doctor is going to take me off of it.
    • David Mendosa
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      Nov. 28, 2007

      Dear Eleanor,

       

      Thanks for writing. What did you and your doctor work out? 

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      Eleanor Guerrero
      Dec. 17, 2007
      I went to my doctor and he is also a diabetic and said that that had happened to him as well, the abdominal pain.  He said to try it again but to take another medication 30 minutes prior to taking byetta until my system gets used to it.  He said he had not heard of anyone getting a rash before. It took 12 days for the pain to go away and I plan to...
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      I went to my doctor and he is also a diabetic and said that that had happened to him as well, the abdominal pain.  He said to try it again but to take another medication 30 minutes prior to taking byetta until my system gets used to it.  He said he had not heard of anyone getting a rash before. It took 12 days for the pain to go away and I plan to try it again the way my doctor has prescribed.  We will see if it works this way but I plan not to continue if this happens again.
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Dec. 17, 2007

      Dear Eleanor,

       

      Thanks for your follow-up message. I am glad that you are still hanging in there. It's worth it! 

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      Anonymous
      Oct. 23, 2009

      yes i had the same thing, my doctor told me to use cortisone cream, which worked, and then eventually the rash and itching stopped all together, so i was able to continue the byetta

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    Pamela Hogue
    Apr. 17, 2006
    I can understand the weight loss as I tried Byetta 5 mcg and was deathly ill, losing 6 lbs in 6 days. I have found that all Byetta pens "are not created equal" and that some have more side effects than others. I now have a new pen that I will test shortly and see if the same extreme nausea and vomiting will be repeated. I hope not as I did like the BG levels...
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    I can understand the weight loss as I tried Byetta 5 mcg and was deathly ill, losing 6 lbs in 6 days. I have found that all Byetta pens "are not created equal" and that some have more side effects than others. I now have a new pen that I will test shortly and see if the same extreme nausea and vomiting will be repeated. I hope not as I did like the BG levels resulting from the use of Byetta. I did still experience some "dawn effect" with high fasting numbers in the mornings but the overall low numbers after injecting were welcome. At times, though, I had too many lows and found that when I injected the evening dose I needed to discontinue my 1.25 mg of Glipizide. David's Response: You're right, Pamela. The Byetta won't alone cause hypos, but together with a sulfonylurea, which glipizide is, you can go low. Many doctors have their patients go off sulfonylureas, myself included, as soon as they start Byetta. If you mention it to your doctor and your numbers are good enough, your doctor may suggest that.
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    Carolyn
    Apr. 12, 2006
    With regard the folks in Japan... My husband, a Doctor of Pharmacy, states, unfortunatly, the law prevents shipping prescription drug out of the United States unless prescribed by a US Doctor and there is a patient-doctor relationship on file. That would require you be seen here in the US by a physician at which time the physician could prescribe and you could...
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    With regard the folks in Japan... My husband, a Doctor of Pharmacy, states, unfortunatly, the law prevents shipping prescription drug out of the United States unless prescribed by a US Doctor and there is a patient-doctor relationship on file. That would require you be seen here in the US by a physician at which time the physician could prescribe and you could get your prescription filled here before returning home. I'm thinking if you can afford anything to get it..head on over and get it, then your refills from a pharmacy that can refill and ship your medication for the future. Just a sugggestion.
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    karen
    Apr. 10, 2006
    I was given a month sample of Beyetta by my doctor. And it worked great ! I lost 12 pounda and my BG were the best they have been sicne diagnoised 6 months ago. HOWEVER my group insurance plan will not approve the drug for me, and I can not afford it on my own. So I am now off and my BG is ago way up. I just do not understand how they can deny my a drug that...
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    I was given a month sample of Beyetta by my doctor. And it worked great ! I lost 12 pounda and my BG were the best they have been sicne diagnoised 6 months ago. HOWEVER my group insurance plan will not approve the drug for me, and I can not afford it on my own. So I am now off and my BG is ago way up. I just do not understand how they can deny my a drug that apparnetly works because of cost. They now have me on a comanation that is causing me to gain the weight I lost with the Beyett right back !! David's Response: That's terrible, Karen! My first thought would be to contact Byetta's reimbursement hotline to see what help they can offer. See http://www.byetta.com and click on insurance.
  • Anonymous
    Annie B
    Apr. 06, 2006
    Although i have had a daily battle with nausea and vomiting since i was started on Byetta in december, i wouldn't give it up for the world. I am extremely insulin resistant and have gone to immeasurable lengths to get my blood sugars under control without success. Well, Byetta is the key. I have lost almost 40lbs, my blood sugars have gone from the fasting...
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    Although i have had a daily battle with nausea and vomiting since i was started on Byetta in december, i wouldn't give it up for the world. I am extremely insulin resistant and have gone to immeasurable lengths to get my blood sugars under control without success. Well, Byetta is the key. I have lost almost 40lbs, my blood sugars have gone from the fasting range of 600 to the 130 range. My post prandial sugars are in the 105 range and my HgA1c has gone from 15.6 to 8.4. still a long way to go, but i feel i am definitly on the right track.
    • Harry
      Mar. 23, 2010

      Sounds like my story exactly!  I battled to go from the 350's and 14.2 to 130's and 6.2 on metformin, glipizide, and diet control.  It's been hard but worth it.

      I start the Byetta 5 this week and am hoping to get to a goal of 100's and 6.0 or below in a few months and dropping a few needed pounds in the process.

       

      Best of luck and keep up the...

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      Sounds like my story exactly!  I battled to go from the 350's and 14.2 to 130's and 6.2 on metformin, glipizide, and diet control.  It's been hard but worth it.

      I start the Byetta 5 this week and am hoping to get to a goal of 100's and 6.0 or below in a few months and dropping a few needed pounds in the process.

       

      Best of luck and keep up the hard work!

  • Anonymous
    Renee
    Apr. 06, 2006
    I have been on Byetta for about six weeks. I didn't lose anything on the 5mg pen but have lost about 4 pounds on the 10 mg pen. I have had a couple of days of feeling extremely tired and a little queasy but most days I feel fine. I will say that I have also had to deal with my blood sugar dropping dramatically a couple of hours after taking the 10mg. This...
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    I have been on Byetta for about six weeks. I didn't lose anything on the 5mg pen but have lost about 4 pounds on the 10 mg pen. I have had a couple of days of feeling extremely tired and a little queasy but most days I feel fine. I will say that I have also had to deal with my blood sugar dropping dramatically a couple of hours after taking the 10mg. This has made me keep a power bar in my purse just in case I suddenly feel like I must eat. For example, my blood sugar dropped last week from 145 morning fasting level to 76 three hours after taking 10mg and eating a modest breakfast of 2 eggs and 1 slice of multi-grain toast with butter. My blood sugar NEVER dropped below about 120 no matter what I did. Byetta is definitely helping me but I am still adjusting to all the changes. I am really amazed that I am losing weight, having tried EVERYTHING, including diligent exerise, which would lower my BS for a few hours but then it would be 80 points higher in the morning. Now I take 1000 mg metformin at night and Byetta 10mg twice a day. My BS has dropped from 200+ in the morning to 140 using this combination. It is still going down and my doctor says I will see 80-100 and be 40 pounds lighter in about 10 months!
  • Anonymous
    Gary
    Apr. 06, 2006
    I am getting ready to start using Byetta. Could you please comment on why it is so important to eat within 60 minutes of an injection, and what foods are good/bad to eat while using Byetta. Thank you. David's Response: Gary, here is what Amylin's medical science liaison for this region told me about when to eat: "For those who do experience nausea (on...
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    I am getting ready to start using Byetta. Could you please comment on why it is so important to eat within 60 minutes of an injection, and what foods are good/bad to eat while using Byetta. Thank you. David's Response: Gary, here is what Amylin's medical science liaison for this region told me about when to eat: "For those who do experience nausea (on average about 4 out of 10), it is best for them to dose closer to the meal until the nausea subsides. There have been reports that the nausea lasts anywhere from a week or two up to 2 months. However, as for efficacy, dosing to get adequate appetite suppression should be closer to 1 hour prior to the meal. So you want to to work towards that goal. Some will get there sooner than others." On a couple of occasions I didn't eat until about an hour and one-half after taking a Byetta shot. It didn't feel any different for me, but possibly it did not hold down my blood glucose as much as it would have if I had eaten in time. That's an interesting question about what to eat. When I was planning to start Byetta, I looked at what people were saying and found that some people could not tolerate very different foods. Somebody, for example, couldn't tolerate eggs. So I was careful of eggs, for a while. But they are absolutely no problem for me. My diet on Byetta is low calorie, low carb, and low glycemic. That is the best way to lose weight, which I very much want to do, and to control blood glucose as well. Since I don't eat nearly as much as I did before, I am careful to eat only good food that tastes great. Maybe that is the secret to my weight loss.
  • Anonymous
    Mary Jo Brown
    Apr. 03, 2006
    I am thrilled with Byetta. I have been on it since 8/17/2005. I have lost 45 pounds. I am able to eat less and be satisfied for longer periods of time. In the beginning the nausea had me eating less. Now that the nausea is gone, I am still eating less and thinking about my choices of foods. I have also starting a walking program. The weight is still coming...
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    I am thrilled with Byetta. I have been on it since 8/17/2005. I have lost 45 pounds. I am able to eat less and be satisfied for longer periods of time. In the beginning the nausea had me eating less. Now that the nausea is gone, I am still eating less and thinking about my choices of foods. I have also starting a walking program. The weight is still coming off, but a little slower now - about 2-3 pounds a month.
    • Anonymous
      Rosalind
      Jun. 20, 2007
      How long did it take you to get past the nausea? I have been on 10mcg for 40 days after being on 5 mcg for 60 days. I also take 500mg of Metformin at bedtime. My evenings are still affected by either nausea or just on the verge of nausea. I'm getting tired of it robbing my evenings, but don't want to give up yet.
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jun. 20, 2007
      Rosalind,

      The nausea doesn't have to last that long at all! Please read my tips for controlling it at:
      http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/2085/nausea-byetta/pf/
    • Anonymous
      Rosalind
      Jul. 20, 2007
      SickThanks for your reply David.  I have gotten past the Byetta induced nausea with your helpful advice, but I am having a difficult time with low blood sugar within 30 minutes of completing dinner which causes a nasty headache. I am stubborn and don't want to give up on the 10mcg dosage even though my doctor has called in a prescription...
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      SickThanks for your reply David.  I have gotten past the Byetta induced nausea with your helpful advice, but I am having a difficult time with low blood sugar within 30 minutes of completing dinner which causes a nasty headache. I am stubborn and don't want to give up on the 10mcg dosage even though my doctor has called in a prescription taking me back down to the 5mcg dosage.  I'll take 2 tablets of glucose and my sugar keeps dropping. The frustration of treating a low after dinner is that the Byetta has slowed digestion which means the glucose doesn't work as effectively.  Do you have any suggestions?
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 21, 2007
      Dear Rosalind,

      Everybody reacts a bit differently to different drugs, but I have never heard of Byetta ALONE causing hypos or low blood sugar. Generally, that would be caused by other diabetes drugs, including the sulfs (sold under various names) or insulin. You may no longer need that drug, if indeed that's the culprit, so please discuss this with your...
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      Dear Rosalind,

      Everybody reacts a bit differently to different drugs, but I have never heard of Byetta ALONE causing hypos or low blood sugar. Generally, that would be caused by other diabetes drugs, including the sulfs (sold under various names) or insulin. You may no longer need that drug, if indeed that's the culprit, so please discuss this with your doctor. 
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 21, 2007
      Dear Rosalind,

      Everybody reacts a bit differently to different drugs, but I have never heard of Byetta ALONE causing hypos or low blood sugar. Generally, that would be caused by other diabetes drugs, including the sulfs (sold under various names) or insulin. You may no longer need that drug, if indeed that's the culprit, so please discuss this with your...
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      Dear Rosalind,

      Everybody reacts a bit differently to different drugs, but I have never heard of Byetta ALONE causing hypos or low blood sugar. Generally, that would be caused by other diabetes drugs, including the sulfs (sold under various names) or insulin. You may no longer need that drug, if indeed that's the culprit, so please discuss this with your doctor. 
    • Anonymous
      Rosalind
      Jul. 21, 2007
      BlushWell David, you have now met someone who experienced low blood sugar on Byetta alone.  My doctor had me stop my Metformin for a week and track the results. I still had difficulty keeping my blood sugars above 65.  I did break down and fill the 5mcg prescription today.  It was interesting that my pharmacist congratulated me on the change;...
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      BlushWell David, you have now met someone who experienced low blood sugar on Byetta alone.  My doctor had me stop my Metformin for a week and track the results. I still had difficulty keeping my blood sugars above 65.  I did break down and fill the 5mcg prescription today.  It was interesting that my pharmacist congratulated me on the change; she saw it as not needing so much medicine.  This evening has been pure joy...no headache, no nausea.  Hopefully I will continue to lose weight, even if it will be slower.  Thanks so much for your input. This and reading the other comments have been a great help to me.
    • Anonymous
      Rosalind
      Jul. 21, 2007

      Big Grin Just an additional note...tonight my after dinner blood glucose was 92!!! It's wonderful being on the correct dosage for me.  I will re-start the Metformin for overnight control, but that is a small concession for having my evenings back.

      What I wish I could do is use the 10mcg in the mornings and the 5mcg in the evenings (evenings gave me more...

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      Big Grin Just an additional note...tonight my after dinner blood glucose was 92!!! It's wonderful being on the correct dosage for me.  I will re-start the Metformin for overnight control, but that is a small concession for having my evenings back.

      What I wish I could do is use the 10mcg in the mornings and the 5mcg in the evenings (evenings gave me more problems with low blood sugar), but I don't see my doctor agreeing with me.

       

      I may be the exception (for now), but hopefully knowing about my experience will help others.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 22, 2007
      Dear Rosalind,

      Thank you for your follow up messages. I am happy for you that you found such a great solution. An after-dinner reading of 92 is superb!
    • Anonymous
      Charis Davis
      Jan. 21, 2008
       I am on Byetta 10 mg and I haven't lose a pound. I feel sick all the time. I feel as though my food is on the verge of coming up immediately. I am having to eat more often because my sugar drops too low after breakfast and after supper. I am so tired of this cycle. It is robbing me of energy. I feel good during the day. It is when I take my shot that...
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       I am on Byetta 10 mg and I haven't lose a pound. I feel sick all the time. I feel as though my food is on the verge of coming up immediately. I am having to eat more often because my sugar drops too low after breakfast and after supper. I am so tired of this cycle. It is robbing me of energy. I feel good during the day. It is when I take my shot that i feel so bad. I only wait about 5 minutes to eat or I will vomit. I eat a healthy breakfaast such as oatmeal, and within an hour I am having to drink orange juice because my sugar is too low. I do like Byetta for hunger control. I am just confused. If I dont eat enough, my sugar is too low with Byetta. I used to be on the 5 mg. Maybe I need to get back on that one.
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jan. 21, 2008

      Dear Charis,

       

      Yes, if I were in your shoes I would ask my doctor to put me back on the 5 mcg dose of Byetta. But there is a lot that I don't understand about your message, particularly where you write that your blood glucose drops too low. No one has reported that Byetta alone will make you go hypo. So what other diabetes medications are you taking?...

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      Dear Charis,

       

      Yes, if I were in your shoes I would ask my doctor to put me back on the 5 mcg dose of Byetta. But there is a lot that I don't understand about your message, particularly where you write that your blood glucose drops too low. No one has reported that Byetta alone will make you go hypo. So what other diabetes medications are you taking? A couple of them will make you go too low. Maybe you need to talk to your doctor about stopping the other medication. Then, you will not need to eat so much, which is the reason that you feel sick to your stomach and are not losing weight.

       

      Best regards,

       

      David 

    • Anonymous
      Charis Davis
      Jan. 21, 2008
      The other medication that I am taking is metformin. I was probably a little unclear about eating too much. I am not eating too food. I am not sure what is all going on with my body to tell you the truth. I am weak and feeling terrible. That does not mean it is the Byetta. It could be a number of things. I called my doctor this morning and talked to the nurse...
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      The other medication that I am taking is metformin. I was probably a little unclear about eating too much. I am not eating too food. I am not sure what is all going on with my body to tell you the truth. I am weak and feeling terrible. That does not mean it is the Byetta. It could be a number of things. I called my doctor this morning and talked to the nurse and I will be getting a phone call later this afternoon. Thank you for writing me back. Diabetes can be very frustrating. It is a difficult disease to understand and go through. I know things will go better. I really just think I need to go back on the 5 mcg. I was doing well on that one. Let me know what you think. 
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jan. 21, 2008

      Dear Charis,

       

      Well, metformin is NOT one of the diabetes medications that can cause hypos. And it is rare that people who have been using Byetta for more than a couple of weeks will feel weak. It is, however, common in the first first week or so, as we get used to eating MUCH LESS food. I experienced that myself at first. Anyway, my guess is that your doctor...

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      Dear Charis,

       

      Well, metformin is NOT one of the diabetes medications that can cause hypos. And it is rare that people who have been using Byetta for more than a couple of weeks will feel weak. It is, however, common in the first first week or so, as we get used to eating MUCH LESS food. I experienced that myself at first. Anyway, my guess is that your doctor will agree with us for you to cut back on your Byetta dose to 5 mcg at least for now. Good luck!

       

      David 

    • Anonymous
      Charis Davis
      Jan. 21, 2008
      I do have one more question for you. Are you supposed to keep the Byetta in the refrigerator all of the time? I know that you are until it's first use, but what about after that? I keep it in my purse in my Byetta case that I sent off for. Some people say that you are supposed to keep in refrigerated all of the time, others say room teperature is fine after...
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      I do have one more question for you. Are you supposed to keep the Byetta in the refrigerator all of the time? I know that you are until it's first use, but what about after that? I keep it in my purse in my Byetta case that I sent off for. Some people say that you are supposed to keep in refrigerated all of the time, others say room teperature is fine after the first use. Let me know.
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jan. 21, 2008

      Dear Charis,

       

      No! They changed that some time ago. See my article about it at:

       

      http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/5937/stop-byetta/ 

       

      David 

  • Anonymous
    Marilyn
    Apr. 02, 2006
    I live and work in Japan where Byetta is not yet approved. However, we are permitted to import medications for our own use. How can I obtain a Byetta pen and a few catridges and have them shipped AIR EXPRESS, refrigerated, straight to my office in Tokyo? Thanks in advance. I will try anything/ pay anything for this medication. David's Response Customer...
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    I live and work in Japan where Byetta is not yet approved. However, we are permitted to import medications for our own use. How can I obtain a Byetta pen and a few catridges and have them shipped AIR EXPRESS, refrigerated, straight to my office in Tokyo? Thanks in advance. I will try anything/ pay anything for this medication. David's Response Customer service at Byetta didn't have any idea when I called them just now, Marilyn. My only suggestions are to find a doctor somewhere who will give you a prescription for it and then find a drugstore in the United States that will ship it to you. Some of the on-line drugstores, like walgrens.com, do stock Byetta, but only ship to the continental U.S. If you ever had a personal relationship with a pharmacy here, that might be the best place to start.
  • Anonymous
    Bob F.
    Apr. 02, 2006
    I began using Byetta 5 nights ago. I have lost 9.2 lbs in 5 days. I am 100 lbs overweight (make that 90.2) with normal A1c levels. I achieved these through diet and excercise and have maintained them for 3 years. However, until Byetta could achieve no real weight loss. It is miraculous. And I haven't even started the 10 pen. I have never felt so little...
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    I began using Byetta 5 nights ago. I have lost 9.2 lbs in 5 days. I am 100 lbs overweight (make that 90.2) with normal A1c levels. I achieved these through diet and excercise and have maintained them for 3 years. However, until Byetta could achieve no real weight loss. It is miraculous. And I haven't even started the 10 pen. I have never felt so little hunger, never felt satiated with so little food, never had entire days go by where the thought of my next meal wasn't a predominant thought. I love this drug - and no nausea.
    • Anonymous
      debbie
      Sep. 19, 2007

      I am on insulin but like yourself am having ttrouble loosing weight. I am 40 lbs over weight female. Go next week to see endro. doctor and am like you tired of being hungry all the time. I follow the carb diet etc. but loose two lbs gain then back. Question to you is where you on insulin before taking byetta? thanks for you help

      debbie

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Sep. 20, 2007
      Dear Debbie,

      I don't know if you were addressing your question to Bob or to me. But, no, I wasn't on insulin before using Byetta.

      Weight loss on Byetta isn't automatic. The key is to gradually get in touch with when you feel full so you don't eat so much. Byetta will help you by increasing your satiety so you can listen to your body better.
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Feb. 27, 2008

      It is necessary to be type II diabetic to be places in byetta.  What if you are significantly over weight (100).  Will doctors still prescribe to you.

       

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Feb. 27, 2008

      Good question. The FDA approved Byetta only for people with type 2 diabetes. However, doctors are legally allowed to prescribe any drug approved for anything for any other purpose. So your doctor is free to prescribe Byetta to you. He or she may or may not do that at his or her discretion (of course you could always fire your doctor, like I did, and get one...

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      Good question. The FDA approved Byetta only for people with type 2 diabetes. However, doctors are legally allowed to prescribe any drug approved for anything for any other purpose. So your doctor is free to prescribe Byetta to you. He or she may or may not do that at his or her discretion (of course you could always fire your doctor, like I did, and get one who is compliant with your needs).

       

      Still, the probably of paying for it remains. Few if any health insurance company will reimburse you for it. And Byetta is costly -- about $200 per month.

       

      When all is said and done, however, it may well be worth it.

       

      Best regards,

       

      David 

    • J Franks
      Mar. 01, 2010

      I agree with you and when I was using it I had 60 pounds to lose at thae time.  I did get nausiated here and there but no big thing.  No pain no gain.  I really had not much problem with it.  Good for you.  I like you lost on the 5 pen and it worked for me exactly as you described.

  • Anonymous
    Marilyn
    Apr. 02, 2006
    I am a Canadian living in Japan and fighting Type II Diabetes by low carbing against my doctor's advice. It works - - A1c down from 11.8 mid-Jan 2006 to 7.5 as of yesterday Apr.1, 2006. I would like to try Byetta for the glucose contro; and the weight loss. Is it avaiable in Japan? If not, can it be ordered on the internet and imported? David's Response:...
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    I am a Canadian living in Japan and fighting Type II Diabetes by low carbing against my doctor's advice. It works - - A1c down from 11.8 mid-Jan 2006 to 7.5 as of yesterday Apr.1, 2006. I would like to try Byetta for the glucose contro; and the weight loss. Is it avaiable in Japan? If not, can it be ordered on the internet and imported? David's Response: I'm sorry, Marilyn, but so far Byetta is only available in the United States. I just double checked with the manufacturer, Amylin. That will certainly change.
  • Anonymous
    Marcia
    Apr. 01, 2006
    I've been taking 10 mcg Byetta since mid July, 2005. I have not lost an ounce. A1C is slightly better, though. I also take four Glyburide/Metforim 2.5/500 per day. I see the Endo Wed and know we will talk about why I am one of about 10 in his practice that has not lost any weight. David's Response: I would be almost as interested as you are, Marcia,...
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    I've been taking 10 mcg Byetta since mid July, 2005. I have not lost an ounce. A1C is slightly better, though. I also take four Glyburide/Metforim 2.5/500 per day. I see the Endo Wed and know we will talk about why I am one of about 10 in his practice that has not lost any weight. David's Response: I would be almost as interested as you are, Marcia, in finding out why you aren't losing any weight on Byetta. The biggest mystery about it is why some people lose a lot of weight on it and others don't. Please let me know what you figure out.
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Nov. 11, 2008

      My doctor took me off of Glyburide because she says it causes weight gain. I still take Metformin, though. Ask your doctor about Glyburide.

      Thanks!

    • Andrea De Salvo
      May. 14, 2010

      Dott. Soffro di diabete di tipo 2 a da tanto tempo che prendo N° 2 Compresse Avandamet 4/1000 mg mattina e sera + 1 compressa a mezzogiorno metaform 1000 mg sono ingrassato parecchio. Ora sono andato a visita dove mi ha cambiato la cura,e mi ha levato di prendere le compresse di Avandamet 4/1000mg e mi ha detto di fare così: la mattina...

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      Dott. Soffro di diabete di tipo 2 a da tanto tempo che prendo N° 2 Compresse Avandamet 4/1000 mg mattina e sera + 1 compressa a mezzogiorno metaform 1000 mg sono ingrassato parecchio. Ora sono andato a visita dove mi ha cambiato la cura,e mi ha levato di prendere le compresse di Avandamet 4/1000mg e mi ha detto di fare così: la mattina prendere N° 1 compressa di Metafotm da 1000mg, un'ora prima di pranzo e cena fare una puntura di BYETTE da 5 mg e la sera prendere pure N° 1 compressa di metaform da 1000 mg. Così dovrei pure dimagrire, dice proviamo così per un mese circa se va bene passiamo alla BYETTE da 10 mg. Dott. pensa che riesco a dimagrire.  

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      May. 14, 2010

      Please write in English so most readers can understand.

       

      David

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Nov. 11, 2008

      My doctor took me off of Glyburide because she says it causes weight gain. I still take Metformin, though. Ask your doctor about Glyburide.

      Thanks!

    • J Franks
      Mar. 01, 2010

      Forgot to mention that my A1C numbers were 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 while doing it as I descscribed to you and now because I eat larger portions and do not exercise, am not on Byetta I am a 6.2.  So you can see the difference.

       

      Much luck ( I am the one that wrote a really long note to you.

    • J Franks
      Mar. 01, 2010

      Hi, I have been on the Byetta 10 pen for at least 4 years.  It is a good medication if used correctly.  Give yourself a shot in the morning an hour before breakfast and then eat.  Make sure you don't eat fruit at breakfast.  I was told I could have 1 piece of whole wheat bread with sugar free jelly if I wanted to and sometimes I do and don't. ...

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      Hi, I have been on the Byetta 10 pen for at least 4 years.  It is a good medication if used correctly.  Give yourself a shot in the morning an hour before breakfast and then eat.  Make sure you don't eat fruit at breakfast.  I was told I could have 1 piece of whole wheat bread with sugar free jelly if I wanted to and sometimes I do and don't.  I usually eat one egg with the yolk and one or 2 -3 egg whites with 2 pieces of bacon that is turkey bacon very lean.  I drink hot tea with 2 packets of splenda.  Water too.  If I don't do this I have oatmeal with the other things mentioned.  For lunch have something that is the size of the palm of your hand if eating meat and have vegetables like greens of some sort and a good starch with low glycemic numbers.  Eat fruit at this time too and a salad with the correct dressing.  Dip the salad don't put it on it.  Before dinner take the other shot an hour before eating and do the same as you did for lunch.  Do not eat anything that comes from white things such as flour, sugar, bread, rice.  If it is white or made with anything white don't eat it.  Buy the Glycemic books in the bookstore and pick the one that suits you the best and try to pick foods that you like that would be a balanced meal and try to use the low to med in the index.  You can mix the 2 or just stay one or the other.  Lower is best.  There are things that will help you by learning the PORTION sizes of what you should be  eating. With that and exercising everyday or nearly everyday for 45 minutes to an hour (check you blood as you do this to make sure you are not going too low in you sugar--Do it until you know yourself really well.)   If you eat the right portions and balance your meals, don't eat bread much at all and watch what you put on it like butter, ( I use a little Smart Balance if I need the butter taste.  It is good!) then you will start to see inches come off first if not the pounds.  It will work but you cannot exceed the portion sizes and stay on a calorie count if you can that your doctor recommends.  Talk to him or her about how much you should use for a vege portion or whatever it is to make sure.  Walking at least for an hour or 45 minutes will help if you do nothing else.  Weight might come off slowly just doing that but figure out things that would be good choices for you for exercise.  I do dvd's with Leslie Sansone/power walking/very easy.  Slowly work your stamina up and soon you will be surprised how fast you can work out.  I lost 50 pounds in 4 months this way.  I stopped exercising and couldn't afford my Byetta anymore so I have gained 30 back over 8 months.  I am trying very hard to get back on it.  Oh, you may get nausiated for a while but you will get better as time goes on.  you may only feel that way once in a while and it passes fast with me as I get my mind on something else.  It is worth it.  It isn't bad for me.  If this does not help I am sorry.  It worked for me and I wish this for you.  Just remember what is good to eat from the glycemic index books, portions , all that I already mentioned.  Good luck and have patients because iffff you do this you may loose inches a lot first /more than pounds.  It will drop off. Remember the exercising.  That was a key thing I have to say.  That is also one reason I gained back outside of I couldn't afford it. Good wishes for you!  Ps the 5 pen on most people do not lose until they have gotten on the 10 pen for a little bit.