What can I expect with the Byetta?

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   Posted 3/17/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello again....I'm back....and of course with news on the medicine homefront. As I've stated before I was DX'ed with Type 2 Diabetes a year ago.. As of last month I was taking 1700 mg. Metformin ER at night, 20 mg. Glipizide in the am and again in the pm...then of course my 50 units of Lantus at bedtime.
Well, my sugar levels have been very bad...at about 250-300. So, I went to the Dr. yesterday and he added 5 mcg. of Byetta twice a day...To say that I am scared is well below how I really feel. My vision is so blurry that I have a hard time reading a book..and books are my life!!
I also have Chronic Pain and have to take meds for that..as well as HBP. I feel like I'm falling apart.

Taking Byetta scares me....and since I take it with another injection it scares me even more.

What can I expect with the Byetta? Should I be concerned? Has it helped you?


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(I changed your subject so more people with Byetta experience can answer.)

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   Posted 3/17/2010 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Unique... I'm sorry that I goofed up your color of post... I was trying to help by changing your subject.
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   Posted 3/18/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Uniquelyme,

While I do not take Byetta, I have some friends that do. Here is what they said, you have to eat frequent small meals or you may feel sick. The first couple of weeks are the worst. Afterward, side effects tend to wear off. You may have less appetite and experience weight loss. If you are prone to acid reflux, this may be worse for the first few weeks. You should see almost immediate improvement in sugar control. One of my friends went from mid-upper to 200s to 67-175 (67 before meals and 175 2 hours after meals) within 3 weeks.


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   Posted 3/22/2010 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Byetta for a year. You need to be careful of fatty foods for the first month or two. You also need to remember that the medicine slows down the speed of food leaving your stomach. You need to eat slower and reduce portions for a few months. A snack of cheese and almost is great at night to help with any possible cravings. Take the time to learn how your body will react and you won't get to sick.

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   Posted 3/29/2010 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, that does seem silly. I wonder why he/she didn't just up your insulin? Now you have the expense of another med. Were you gaining a lot of weight?
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