I found that my numbers were only so-so on the 5 mcg and much better on the 10. I still have to continue my amaryl along with my glucophage. Without the amaryl, I have spikes after lunch and during the night. With the amaryl, I am 100 all day long, but have to deal with a hypo period between breakfast and lunch, which I just have a couple crackers. My blood sugars are always between 90 and 110 now. Prior to moving up to the 10 and without the amaryl, I was still jumping up to 160 or even higher sometimes. I tried doing it with prandin and that worked ok for lunch, but no good for nighttime. Its not long acting enough. So I quit it entirely and went back to the amaryl.
You really have to take a lot of blood sugar checks and experiment with your oral medication. Find the times you spike and adjust accordingly with diet or your meds. You have to do it over a period of a month or two. You will, however, see much better results on the 10 than the 5. Also appetite is better diminished on the 10, so if you are eating less, you will lose weight, and in time, hopefully, require even less help from the oral meds.
Thats my theory and I'm going with it. So far, I'm ten pounds down on the byetta. I've been able to eat more on the 10 mcg, too. On the 5, I was doing very low carb and still having spikes. Now that the nausea is gone, I plan on getting more exercise and hopefully will see even more weight loss.
Warren, I'd put a thermometer in that fridge just to see how cold its getting. You don't want to ruin your doses. If its really cold and you can't turn it down, wrap your pen in a little newspaper for insulation and keep in in a bag.
Post Edited (diamond911) : 11/2/2005 8:06:55 PM (GMT-7)