Even though people generally respond well to Bydureon (extended-release exenatide), there are some cases where this drug does not adequately control blood sugar levels or may cause bothersome side effects. In these cases, a healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to Bydureon, such as lifestyle changes, oral diabetes medications, or other injectable diabetes drugs.
Alternatives to Bydureon ExplainedBydureon™ (extended-release exenatide) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is part of a group of diabetes medications called incretin mimetics. Bydureon is generally effective at treating diabetes, and most people tolerate it well. However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur or the medicine may not be adequately effective. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Bydureon for type 2 diabetes.
Some of these Bydureon alternatives include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Other injectable diabetes medications
- Oral diabetes medications.
Lifestyle Changes for Type 2 DiabetesMany lifestyle changes have been shown to be quite effective at controlling type 2 diabetes, especially early type 2 diabetes. These lifestyle changes include weight loss, becoming more physically active (see Diabetes and Exercise), and changes in diet (see Diabetic Diet). In fact, these changes are important for all people with type 2 diabetes, including people taking diabetes drugs.
For many people, however, lifestyle changes alone may not be enough to adequately control type 2 diabetes. For these people, medications may be necessary.
Injectable Diabetes MedicationsThere are a variety of different types of insulin and other injectable medications for type 2 diabetes, including:
- Other incretin mimetics
- Amylin analogues