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Incretin (in-KREE-tin) Mimetic (mih-MET-ik)
|Brand Name||Generic Name|
|__ Byetta (by-YAY-tuh)||__ exenatide (eks-EN-uh-tyd)|
What does this medicine do?
Byetta helps your body make more insulin when it's needed. It helps keep your blood glucose from going too high after you eat, a common problem in people with diabetes. It works by helping food move more slowly through your stomach. Byetta helps keep your liver from putting stored glucose into your blood. It also may prevent hunger, helping you eat less and maybe lose weight.
Byetta is not used in place of insulin.
Who should not take Byetta?
Talk with your doctor about whether you should take this type of medicine if
- you have severe stomach or digestive problems
- you have any symptoms of kidney disease or are on dialysis
- you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breastfeeding
- you have type 1 diabetes
Byetta has not been studied for use in children.
What are the possible side effects?
Byetta can cause
- nausea and vomiting—most often when you first start taking Byetta
Byetta also can cause an acid stomach or make you feel nervous.
This type of medicine doesn't cause low blood glucose by itself. But your risk of having low blood glucose goes up if you also take
- diabetes pills that cause low blood glucose
Your doctor may ask you to take a lower dose of your other diabetes medicines while you take this type of medicine.
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