First time Byetta user

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/2/2007 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 47 and have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for about 5 years. Over the past couple of years I have remained 30 lbs overweight even with exercising. Due to this and a continued high BS morning reading, my DR. has put Byetta as of last Friday. I was nauseated with my first injection in the morning which lasted about four hours and became severely ill after dinner. I know part of that was my fault as we had company over and grilled steaks of which I overate. I never expected to have a migraine headache an hour later which went away only after purging my dinner. My fear is that this extreme nausea will continue and I manage a busy art gallery with this being my busiest season. I can't afford to be sick any day.

Luckily I found this forum and have read wonderful successes with Byetta. I pleaded with my doctor to restart the Byetta program in September when I am less busy with my business, but he wants me to continue with it now.

My question to the forum is about diet. Can anyone tell me through their experiences what foods are sure to trigger nausea. I am willing to read every submission in the diabetes forum to figure it out, but if someone could put it all in a nutshell for me I would be very grateful.

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 22
   Posted 7/11/2007 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   


I am assuming that your doctor started you on the number 5 pen.  I had nausea with this one after my evening meals.  You really want to avoid anything high fat and overeating is nearly impossible unless you want to be sick the rest of the evening.  Mine went away after about a week.  Although after a month of the 5 he switched me to the 10 and that nausea was unbelievable.  I went away after about 3 weeks and now I only have it after breakfast for a couple of hours...but I can certainly tolerate it.  The results from this medication have been fantastic for a1c went for 10.3 to 6.5 in 3 months, plus I have lost 30 pounds.  If you can stick with it I'm sure you will be pleased.

Good Luck!


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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/11/2007 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I am on the 5 pen and am already slated for the 10 pen after a month. I have been waiting for my needles from Medco so I can restart the Byetta. Does anyone else use Medco. It is great for maintenace drugs. You can get a 90 days supply of your drugs for one copay. Ask your insurance providers if it is available as it saves me over $1000 a year.

I have already been cutting down on my meals in preparation. i just hope the nausea won't interfere with my exercising, but I am sure it will all fall into place. I am looking forward to the challenge.


Cali Jules
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 7/13/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had no nausea from the byetta pen. I am on my 3rd pen 2nd at 10mg. My only side effects is that it sometime stings when I inject and for awhile after. I also seem to find veins alot which is annoying cuz I don't try to hit them! Then I bruise at that injection site. I am also concerned that I might be allergic to the byetta because the injection sites seem to turn red so now I have a rather lovely polka dotted belly. I just started my 2nd pen at 10mg a few days ago and I am watching to see if that continues or if possibly it was something weird with the last pen. I had NO problems with the 5mg.

Hope it all works out for you.
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