Well, I finally took my first Byetta 5 mcg tonight......and I don't feel anything. Is it correct that I couldn't see anything in the pen? It looked empty to me, although when I did the first time set up test, a small droplet was on the end of the needle. Should it have been just a small drop, or was it not working fine?
The needle itself was so painless that I am wondering if any of the serum went in - it all seems so invisible. I gave myself the shot in the abdomen. I took the shot about 15 minutes before eating dinner - took my glucophage about 15 minutes before that. In reading the byetta blogs, I have seen some where people say they had a defective pen...I just paid $156.00 dollars for this one I want to be sure it was full and working!! So if anyone can advise if there is another way to be sure the serum is coming out in the proper amount, I would appreciate it. Also, does it matter that I used the very short needle and used it on a fleshy part of my abdomen...does it get through!!!??? Thanks for your help.
That happened to me the first couple days I used it. I actually had to do the "new pen setup" a second time and then all of a sudden there was byetta shooting out the top onto my hands. The needles are very small and dont hurt at all, something I was concerned with. If you are anything like, me, it may take a couple weeks to see your numbers drop. I am still having high numbers, they will likely up my medication when I go back on the 26th. I was also concerned with wondering if there was any medication in the pen but then I saw air bubbles (which someone on here advised that they are not a problem) and knew there was substance in there. Once you get about two weeks into the pen or so, you will see that there is something from the bottom that starts to rise.
Sorry to hear your insurance didnt cover much of the pen; I was fortunate and only had to pay a $50 co-pay. The pen will likely help you with your hunger if that is a problem for you; it was for me. I find often that I dont get as hungry anymore and since I started two weeks ago, I have already lost 3.5 pounds.
Best of luck,