Byetta Diabetes Medication
Byetta® (exenatide) is a prescription medication approved to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes). Although Byetta is taken by injection, it is not a form of insulin and is not a type 1 diabetes medication.
As a diabetes medication, Byetta works by mimicking the actions of incretin hormones in the body. As a result, Byetta increases insulin production in response to meals and decreases the amount of glucose (sugar) that the liver produces. It also slows the emptying of food from the stomach, which reduces the amount of food that people eat. Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects are possible and may include nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.
Byetta comes in the form of an injection, which is administered just under skin of the thigh, abdomen (stomach), or upper arm. It is injected twice a day, before the two main meals, at least six hours apart. Byetta injectable pens are available in two strengths:
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