As with many other medications, Byetta® (exenatide) can cause problems. Some of the most common problems reported with Byetta include:
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), when used in combination with other diabetes drugs
- Feeling jittery
- Upset stomach or heartburn.
If side effects do occur, they tend to be minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. However, there are some potentially serious problems with Byetta that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience Byetta problems such as severe diarrhea, difficulty breathing, or seizures.
Other Byetta warnings and precautions apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies (including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives). Also, you may not be able to take Byetta if you have medical conditions such as kidney problems or other digestive tract conditions.
(Click Byetta Side Effects and Byetta Warnings and Precautions for more information on possible Byetta problems that may occur, including potentially serious problems that may require immediate medical care.)