I have been on Byetta for just over a week. I have no issues with giving myself an injection and I'm certain I was getting the medication because I had severe nausea, which I expected. about 4 days ago a long stream of medicine came out of the needle after I had finished the injection and was turning the dial/arrows to reset. I thought I didn't wait the full 5 seconds, but this kept happening with only my morning dose. Finally today I called customer service and after grilling me for 20 minutes to make sure I was using the pen properly, they agreed it sounded like a defective pen and arranged for a new one with my pharmacy.
I won't go into details on my pharmacy nightmare in getting it replaced, but thankfully, I got it. After already not getting a dose this morning I was anxious to take my medication, but the new pen did THE SAME THING. Yes, I went through the new pen set up, it took 3 times for the setup to work. I have read instructions over and over to make sure this is not user error. Of course then I was so frustrated I injected another dose into thin air and it worked as expected. So now I am wasting medication I need. Has anyone had this issue? And I started thinking, the dose always comes out of the needle as soon as I start to turn the dial upwards to reset it. Can't I just leave it in my skin while I turn the dial? Am i missing an obvious reason this is a bad idea?
Thanks in advance!