Byetta® (exenatide) is a prescription medication approved to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes). Although Byetta is taken by injection, it is not a form of insulin and is not intended to treat type 1 diabetes. The medication comes in the form of an injection which is administered twice a day just under the skin of the thigh, abdomen (stomach), or upper arm.
You will need pen needles to be able to inject Byetta. Pen needles are special needles used for pen-injecting devices. Ask your healthcare provider about which length and gauge of pen needles will be best for you. In some situations (and in some states), you may need a prescription for pen needles, so be sure to ask your healthcare provider about whether you need a prescription for pen needles. Byetta pens are available in two strengths:
(Click Byetta for a more in-depth look at how to use the pen needles, including general dosing guidelines and tips on how to effectively use this diabetes medication. )