Byetta and itching?

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   Posted 1/25/2008 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue  Hi - Here I am again, still taking Byetta, losing weight too.  Got good news from eye MDs - no retinopathy or macular degeneration.  Am trying to get used to "monovision" since the cataract surgeries/lens implants - one eye distance, other eye near.  I need a middle eye too I think.  Anyway, I'm about to go on Byetta 10 mcg. (was on 5 mcg.).  Nausea & etc. pretty well gone, but I itch!!  I usually have itching anyway on legs, but now my back itches.  Anybody else have this problem?  No apparent rash, but (like my legs) I scratch and break the skin.  This seems to come and go, unrelated to anything I can think of.  I do sleep with my dogs (blush) but I am single so I need the company.  We don't have fleas (me & dogs).  Anyway, don't tell anybody about me and the dogs but let me know if you itch too.  Thanks!!

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/25/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Doxie, congratulations on the eye exams and all.  about the itching, it may or may not be related to diabetes.  Maybe you should inform your doctor and let him/her have a look at your legs and back.  Sometimes, diabetics have skin problems and infections, but this might only be a simple matter of dry skin?  It's the winter.  Sometimes skin gets dry and itchy because of that, but if you're breaking the skin while you're scratching, you might end up with infections anyway.  You could try some skin creams to see if they help first.  Otherwise, I'd inform your doctor.  (What kind of dogs?  :-)

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Post Edited (LanieG) : 1/25/2008 2:30:33 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/26/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie: My dogs are miniature dachshunds, long hair, a boy and a girl. I live in FL, so during the dry season, which is now, my lower legs itch and if I scratch I get scratch marks. No sores or ulcers, and circulation is good. Now my back itches and I just wondered if it was from the Byetta. If so, it isn't as bad as the legs. If I use moisturizing cream daily, I'm a lot better, so I'd better get on that regimen again. Also - have lost about 12 lbs so far on Byetta 5 mcg but the weight loss seems at a standstill now; hopefully the Byetta 10 mcg will help me lose the rest. My blood sugar is way down around 100 now and I'm sure the MD will be pleased, as I am. Have gotten back to eating low carb, low fat, which I did in the past and which controlled my weight well. My Medicare HMO is giving free membership to health club, so I will start going there to exercise (I HATE to exercise), but I need to do it. I would rather be chased by a rabid pit bull though.
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