Although most people tolerate Byetta® (exenatide) well, it is not free of dangerous risks. Because this medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about the Byetta dangers that may apply to you. For instance, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements) before starting treatment with Byetta. Dangers of this medication include potential side effects. Some of the most common Byetta side effects include:
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), when used in combination with other diabetes drugs
- Feeling jittery
- Upset stomach or heartburn.
Although side effects of Byetta tend to be minor, there are some serious side effects of the medication that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as severe diarrhea, difficulty breathing, or seizures.
(Click Byetta Side Effects and Byetta Warnings and Precautions for more information on potential Byetta dangers to be aware of before starting treatment with this medication. This article also explains what to tell your healthcare provider before using Byetta and who may not be able to safely use the medication.)