Question: best time to take other meds when taking byetta shot?

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LanieG
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   Posted 5/10/2009 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Cliffff asks:

"I have been on Byetta along with Actos for approximately three months, prior to that it was Lantis and numerous other fixes. My diabetes stems from Agent Orange in Viet Nam. My diabetes was first discovered in 2000. My question/statement relates to the other medications I take for high blood pressure, thyroid and gerd. When should these other meds be taken in relation to the Byetta shot to achieve the desired effects?
The only real effects I have from Byetta is that everything but sweets taste terrible. Tough to overcome."

 

(Cliffff, I took your post from the other one and created a new one for you so more people can see it.  Otherwise it would have been lost in the other thread.)

Post Edited (LanieG) : 5/10/2009 6:53:49 AM (GMT-6)


Cliffff
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   Posted 5/10/2009 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks LanieG..........I look forward to some information in this area........

Phishbowl
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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Cliffff, I can't say I know much about Byetta but, I am on thyroid meds and was on Actos for a time. Both these meds have instructions on how to take them effectively. I know things like antacids, grapefruit, calcium, iron, and even protein can affect the drug's efficacy (effectiveness). They are recommended to be taken 1 hour or 2-3 hours after food - i.e. empty stomach. Although thyroid meds have been commonly recommended to be taken in the morning before breakfast, some find it better to take before bed because 1) the digestive process slows down at this time (allowing for more absorbtion) and 2) less chance of having a meal like breakfast interfere with efficacy. However, some report that thyroid meds' somewhat "stimulating" effects can affect sleep. Again, we all differ.

If not your doctor, I might think your pharmacist is a good place to ask this question. There are some Byetta users here so, hopefully they can chime in on when they typically take their shots. Take care.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
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Cliffff
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree with everything you say but.......the problem is for those meds that say "take with food".....surely we don't want them languishing in the tummy where Byetta has put a hold on everything that wants to move on. I have asked medical pros and the response I get is generally "that a good question". So I take the Synthroid in the middle of the night on one of my bathroom calls and take the others at lunch with food..........Maybe I have answered my own question but surely I am not alone in this search for the right answer. I would appreciate a more professional response than my own.

LanieG
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Cliffff, have you asked your doctor and your pharmacist?  Those are the professionals.  Everyone here may have personal experience but no one here is a professional.  Pharmacists are trained in this particularly.

Lanie
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Cliffff
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   Posted 5/13/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
FYI: Express scripts advises as follows:
Antibiotics and birth control pills should be taken at least 1 hour before BYETTA (exenatide) injection, since exanatide may decrease thier effectiveness if used at the same time. If the antibiotic or birth control pill needs to be taken with food then take it with a meal or snack when exanatide is not injected (such as lunch).
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