Byetta

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Comment from: fordmanz 55-64 Male Patient Published: December 09

I have been a n Byetta for a year and don’t see any difference . Going to tell my doctor I am quitting it. Waste of money .

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Comment from: Tknight571 65-74 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: December 30

The affect is excellent, however, the needle is huge and is difficult to use without drawing blood! Compared to the Insulin Pen it is longer, bigger, and difficult to use without pain.

Comment from: binkymary 55-64 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: May 16

I have been taking Byetta since July 2010 and had no problems whatsoever. Keeping my A1C at 7.2 since.

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Comment from: Louise 55-64 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: March 20

Horrible drug. uncontrolled nausea and vomiting, almost complete hair loss and very jittery so I couldn't sleep. I will never touch it again

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Comment from: KeyWestMike 55-64 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: February 16

My insurance company stopped covering this drug in July of 2015. It was great at controlling my Type II and I hope to get it covered again soon. Victoza is simply not doing the job. I tried Bydereon the weekly exenatide injection and the coverage was very good too. But the needle was horribly painful and it left a lump at the injection site.

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Comment from: steve 55-64 Male 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: November 08

Works to curb your appetite for over eating .Better be near a bathroom when you get stomach cramps , you got about 4 mins. to find one or get into a shower.

Comment from: Francoiswpb 45-54 Male less than 1 month Patient Published: March 31

on day 2 and i am not hungry at all had a yogurt for breakfast and i feel like i could go and barf i hope it does not go on for 2 weeks like i have been reading

Comment from: luplus 55-64 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: January 27

I ended up with kidney stones. stopped Byetta...no more kidney stones.

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Comment from: csc 65-74 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: July 19

Drug has worked well for diabetes, lost weight, brought A1C down. I was unable to go to the 10 units twice a day because of stomach issues. Question, has anyone been having bladder infections chronic after being on Byetta for an extended time?

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Comment from: peanut65 65-74 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: June 26

I am on my 3rd pen and I am starting to see results now. It really makes me nauseous. ALSO I have had a lot of depression since I started with Byetta. Is this a reported side effect? That is not normal for me BUT I am going through a lot so may be coincidental??

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Comment from: Cindi 45-54 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: June 21

I took Byetta for only two days and had severe pain in my abdomen and back. It felt like bad gas pressure without the gas. My dr told me to stop taking right away. I have not taken for a few days any I still have a little pain after I eat but it is getting better as time goes on.

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Comment from: suzyq 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Caregiver Published: January 09

Lost ALL my hair on my head and body. Went through extensive treatment and nothing worked until I stopped using byetta. Full head of hair now. Wouldn't touch it again!

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Comment from: Amadio 75 or over Male 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: May 17

I am totally pleased with Byetta and my lab results are great. My Dr. has reduced and eliminated some of my diabetic meds. As a secondary issue my appetite is suppressed and I've lost 40 lbs.

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Comment from: Gina 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 27

I started having sharp pain in my stomach. I would jump because of the sharp pains and wake my husband. I only tried this for 1 month.

Comment from: Chenzo 45-54 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: March 26

I've been on it for two full months.I started with 5mg. for a month then 10mg. for the second month.I'm starting my 2nd. 10mg. pen and my third month. I've experienced some loose stools during the first two weeks then back to normal. I've had no other adverse effects and my sugar has gone down from the 230 range to the 150 range and hopefully still dropping. My weight has gone from 365 to 340. I noticed that I don't want to eat as much, the effect is very subtle but I've learned to recognize it and I just push away from the table. So far everything's thumbs up.

Comment from: TIPPY 45-54 Female Patient Published: January 08

I was given byetta for type 2 diabetes, it was the first form of insulin they tried on me. I had gained a huge amount of weight, from 220 up to 317. my diabetes was out of control. all I wanted to do was eat sweets and sleep. After starting the byetta, it was about 3 weeks, I started to notice weight loss. I gradually lost my desire to eat sweets all the time, and started staying awake more and more, I felt much better but still had to keep an eye on my sugar levels. Within 6 months I had gone down in weight from the 317 to 212 and then lost a little more gradually ending up at 205, a weight that both I and my Doctor was happy with. But within the next 6 to 8 months I started craving sweets again and gradually putting on weight. I am now at 235, wich is still on the good side. at least its not 317. He started me on a new shot called xxxxxxx that also has the same possible side effects, but has started helping me get back on the right track again. My sugar is pretty much under control,and I am losing weight again, but dont expect the medication alone to do it for you. a lot of work goes into taking care of yourself when you are diabetic. Do a lot of reasearch, ask your doctor questions you need answers to, But make sure you keep up with diet and exercise. Its hard at first but you will get use to it.Good Luck

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Comment from: sandyhome Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: January 01

Given Byetta when Metformin stopped being enough. Terrible nausea for 2 weeks, some nausea always. Took for 5 years, doc switched me to Victoza, which was awful as it gave me sewer mouth. Back to Byetta. One known side effect not often mentioned was that the Byetta threw me back to fertile stage of life after having gone through menopause. So had to go through that again. Oh, yea! Worst thing was having to take it with me to work for dinner, and then forgetting to take it home. Lost 30 pounds in first 4 months, then nothing. That was probably due to being unable to eat after dinner from the nausea. Got me into the habit of not eating after dinner though! Yea! Expensive, but insurance company didn't hassle me about it like they did with less expensive Victoza. Would have lots of tiredness when stressed, but that may have been just the stress. General health improved. Love the drug; glad to be back on Byetta. Second time around bad nausea only 3-4 days. It seems like Byetta slows down the digestion later in the process than in the stomach so didn't have the rotting contents syndrome that Victoza gave me (belching; sewer mouth). Sucking salty items like olives and dill pickle slices controlled the nausea.

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Comment from: forrest6 65-74 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: November 23

I just started using Byetta the beginning of Nov and am quite pleased so far. I have lost 7 lbs, but my fasting sugar is still ranging from 190 - 265. I'm sure my Dr will up this when I see him. No bad reactions

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Comment from: 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: November 22

I was prescribed Byetta on a test basis to see if it would decrease me need for insulin. It did--permanently. It also gave me SEVERE indigestion--to the point that I had to discontinue the Byetta after only 1 month. (I work behind a service counter, & have to look & be healthy at all times when on duty.)

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