Byetta® (exenatide) is a prescription medication approved to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes). Although it is taken by injection, Byetta is not a form of insulin and is not intended to treat type 1 diabetes.
Byetta injections are administered just under skin of the thigh, abdomen (stomach), or upper arm. The medicine is injected twice a day, before the two main meals, at least six hours apart. Byetta injectable pens are available in two strengths:
Although most people tolerate Byetta injections well, there are possible side effects of the medication. Some of the most common side effects include nausea, dizziness, and diarrhea. Also, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements) before starting treatment with Byetta.
(Click Byetta for a more in-depth look at this medication, including when and how to use it, potential side effects, and information on what to tell your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)