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Ok, I have a real problem with this drug. I was started on the 5mg dose twice a day. I had intense pain on my right side after each dose but only until two hours had passed. Yes, I ate after an hour. The first injection caused such pain I nearly went back to the doc.
I tried the once a week version of this drug. Felt nothing from it for about the full week. When seven days were up, it hit me like a truck. I even called the company about it. They said it was a side effect as well as nausea and other things I was having. (For a needle phobia person this was a great med, but too expensive for my insurance.) I was almost willing to have the side effects, just not the $300+ cost per month.
Now I've been placed on 10mg twice a day. I get the pain worse now on my right side and can't stand to even eat or see food. It makes me sick. I get light headed lot and in tracking my BG readings, they are within norms of around 50 to 80 after eating. Mornings are still higher, around 125 to 150. I'm not sure how long I can stand this though. (Without Byetta, I had BG readings from 125 to 245 when not eating right always.) Odd thing, I stop the 5 mg for up to three days before starting the 10mg and still had good BG readings through that period, eating low carb. I had lower stress then too.
I also admit I'm needle phobic, always have been. I was able to use the Byetta with standard needles even for a while, no problems. Now even with auto-cover/shield needles, I can't seem to inject myself. As the side effects with injection got worse my fear got worse. I don't know if my reaction is to the side effects that the med is causing or my fear of the needle stab. (I can nearly faint from seeing a needle on TV even if it is on long.) I can do BG tests all day no probs with those prick needles types. It doesn't make sense to me.
As of a few days ago, I just stopped Byetta. It isn't worth it. The pill type meds make me so sick I can't take those either.
I'm not sure what to do. Why I turned to this group actually for help.