There are a number of Byetta alternatives for treating type 2 diabetes, including lifestyle changes, oral diabetes medications, and insulin or other injectable diabetes medications. In many situations lifestyle changes alone (such as weight loss) may not be effective at controlling type 2 diabetes. As a result, medications (such as sulfonylureas, biguanides, and meglitinides) may be necessary.
Byetta Alternatives Explained
Byetta® (exenatide) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The drug is part of a group of diabetes medications called incretin mimetics. Currently, Byetta is the only incretin mimetic available. For most people, Byetta is effective in treating their diabetes and most people tolerate it well. However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur. Also, in some situations, the medicine may not completely control a patient's diabetes. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Byetta.
Some of these Byetta alternatives include:
- Other injectable diabetes medications
- Oral diabetes medications
- Lifestyle changes.
There are a variety of different types of insulin and other injectable medications for type 2 diabetes, including:
- Other incretin mimetics
- Amylin analogues.
Other Incretin Mimetics
Byetta is an incretin mimetic. One other incretin mimetic is available, called liraglutide (Victoza®). Both medications work by acting like the hormone incretin in the body, increasing insulin production and slowing down digestion. One of the most notable differences between Byetta and Victoza is that Byetta is typically taken twice daily, while Victoza is usually taken just once a day.
A long-acting version of exenatide (Bydureon®) was the most recent incretin mimetic to be approved. This drug is injected just once a week.