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High Blood Sugar and Bydureon

Even in people with well-controlled diabetes, high blood sugar is possible. For example, fever, infections, injury, or surgery can temporarily increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, regardless of the medicine they are using. In these situations, Bydureon and any oral diabetes medications you are taking may not be enough to treat your diabetes, and the use of insulin may be required.
Contact your healthcare provider if you have a fever, infection, injury, or have an upcoming surgery. Also, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice any possible symptoms of high blood sugar levels.
Some of these symptoms include but are not limited to:
  • Increased hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting.
Bydureon is a manufactured (synthetic) version of a protein found in the saliva of Gila monster lizards. In some people, the immune system may attack the drug, perhaps making it less effective. This may increase blood sugar levels in someone using Bydureon.

Managing Blood Sugar With Bydureon

Low and high blood sugar levels are known problems in some people using Bydureon, and can cause serious or even life-threatening complications. Prevention is the best treatment. Therefore, anyone using this medication should be aware that low blood sugar levels (especially if the person is using Bydureon with other diabetes medications) or high blood sugar levels are possibilities.
It is also important to be aware of the possible signs and symptoms of high or low blood sugar levels, and know what to do if these symptoms occur. In addition, make sure you know how to accurately check your blood sugar levels.
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