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- Byetta is an injectable medicine used to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Byetta is used with metformin or another type of antidiabetic medicine called sulfonylureas. It may also be used with a combination of metformin and a sulfonylurea. There are many antidiabetic medicines that contain a sulfonylurea. Ask your healthcare professional or pharmacist if you are not sure if your antidiabetic medicine contains a sulfonylurea.
- Byetta is not a substitute for insulin in patients whose diabetes requires insulin treatment.
- Byetta has not been studied in children.
Side Effects of Byetta
- Byetta can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) when used with a medicine that contains a sulfonylurea. The dose of your sulfonylurea medicine may need to be reduced while you use Byetta. The signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, and feeling jittery. Your healthcare professional should tell you how to treat low blood sugar.
- The most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, feeling jittery, and acid stomach. Nausea is most common when first starting Byetta, but decreases over time in most patients.
Who Should Not Take Byetta
Do not use Byetta if you are allergic to exenatide or any of the other ingredients in Byetta.
Interactions with Byetta
Byetta can interact with other medicines. Know the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare professional and pharmacist.
Byetta slows stomach emptying and can affect medicines that need to pass through the stomach quickly. Ask your healthcare professional if the time at which you take any of your oral medicines (for example, birth control pills, antibiotics) should be changed.
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