Two-Week Success With Byetta

How long do you plan on being on Byetta?
3-6 months - 0.0%
6-12 months - 33.3%
1-3 years - 33.3%
For life - 33.3%

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 5/29/2006 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a post for those "anxious" and starting on the Byetta 5 pen. I am a pre-diabetes patient that is under control during the day (through diet and exercise and metformin 1000 twice a day) but with outrageous a.m. reads, often over 200. I am about 50 pounds overweight....but only 37 now.... I HAVE LOST 13 POUNDS in 17 days and I finally feel like my discipline for diet and exercise is paying off instead of making me crazy. For the first time in TEN YEARS my morning numbers are under 100.

I have had NO symptoms except a bit of dizzines and queasiness a couple of late evenings....not associated with any particular food that I can notice. I feel GREAT, tons of energy and STABLE emotions---even with my 86-year old father in critical care for 5 days, I felt like I could keep it together. In fact, Byetta seems to have "balanced" my moods as well as my glucose.

I have stopped taking metformin altogether for about 4 days and the numbers continue to get better. My appetite peaks at mid day when I eat a larger, healthy meal and limit meals morning and evening with my shot. I have not wanted to snack which is SO odd for me.

I plan on moving to the 10 pen but am not sure the length of time I will be on this drug. My endo seems to feels that with both weight loss and the "healing" that can come with Byetta, I may not need anything at all in 6 months or perhaps a lower dose of metformin. HAS ANYONE COME OFF OF BYETTA to better glucose control.

Best wishes to all.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 534
   Posted 5/30/2006 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tan,
Welcome to the forum and particularly welcome to Byetta.  You are breaking new ground as far as I know.  Im not sure I know of anyone who's numbers have retreated to the point where they can give up Byetta, but I would love to see you be the first! If you are under 100 for your numbers and you continue to lose weight and make progress, there may be no need to move to a 10mcg pen.  You and your endo can experiment by doubling the dosage with a 5mcg pen to see what happens, but I worry it might push your blood sugar to low.  If you are having sucess that moves you into the normal range with a 5mcg pen, you may as well just stay there!  Let me know how you fare.
scool  Warren
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. - James Gordon, M.D.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

I can only please one person per day, today is not your day...tomorrow doesn't look good either.

New Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 5/31/2006 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Warren the Wise- I know you are really up on the Byetta... so if I may ask a question or two I would be grateful. I having been taking Byetta for almost a month. Along with Glyburide x2 daily, I was taking Glyburide, Glucophage and Actos.  At first my numbers leveled down to the 150's and proceeded to get better from there. Now they are starting to rise and when I test they are between 175 and 225.  I am having some dental work done so I thought maybe its stress.  I have lost 8 pounds and have a little bit of nausea problems with the Byetta. I am wondering if I need to move up to a 10 or should I change my oral medication?
I live in a small town and the nearest endo is 200 miles away, I go to a GP that I had to explain with little knowledge the Byetta to.  Does a 10 have increased side effects?  I saw a message where one person said they couldn't function for 3-4 hours.  I love the Byetta and feel so much better and I don't want to give it up.  Any ideas?  Also I might add I think this forum is absolutley wonderful. Thank Y'all.      Teresa
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