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Share our experiences with this new injectable drug. Lets explore the pros and cons together and how it has made life better.

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Better than Byetta?

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byetta and januvia.

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Six months+ on Byetta

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januvia and byetta:

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Nano needles

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New Byetta user looking for advice

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Byetta by my PCP and having side effects.

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Byetta causing lows?

Started by sierraflowr. Last reply by Teri Oct 28, 2011. 1 Reply

Why does my blood sugar numbers vary?

Started by mybloodissweet. Last reply by sierraflowr Oct 27, 2011. 1 Reply

Going Back on Byetta?

Started by Sierra. Last reply by mybloodissweet Sep 29, 2011. 1 Reply

Yay for Lizard Spit!

Started by Lauriero. Last reply by mybloodissweet Jul 26, 2011. 3 Replies

Byetta.....no more for me

Started by Pineyboy May 16, 2011. 0 Replies

Byetta and nausea

Started by Pineyboy. Last reply by Peppy May 14, 2011. 1 Reply

Timing of Byetta (2 times daily) and meds such Metformin.

Started by Martin J Spielman. Last reply by Pineyboy Feb 28, 2011. 1 Reply

Byetta and hair loss...

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Byetta plus Metformin

Started by gretchen. Last reply by Cathy Jacobson Nov 30, 2010. 8 Replies

Working out first thing in The AM

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Metformin and Byetta

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Comment by Tony S. on July 26, 2009 at 6:21pm
Hi, Sarah Congrats on the good work and results! I started Byetta in April and threw myself into exercise and diet. I'm down 17 lbs. and still losing. My numbers, like yours, are also up there. I saw my endo on Wednesday and he said not to worry about the numbers, the Byetta is working, and was really elated about the weight loss, which he thinks is more important at this stage. He believes if that continues, I may come off of Byetta eventually. His belief in Byetta is that it is regenerating/restoring Beta cells and that that takes time. I really feel great and healthy despite the numbers, which confuse me too. Some tips: drink plenty of water and walk after meals. I'm also trying to eat more low carb and avoid high-glycemic index foods.

When you say you feel miserable, do you mean frustrated at not being able to figure this stuff out? That's how I feel from time to time. I do trust my endo. I got off the drugs like Glyburide which they say wears out your pancreas. I want to get down to only Byetta and then the doc says I may come off that too.

Hang in there and give the Byetta a little more time to work. And stay in touch --- keep up the good work. We all get down about this but it is winnable. Chin up!
Comment by Sarah on July 26, 2009 at 1:20pm
It is great and informative to read all these comments. I started Byetta a week ago, have eaten PERFECTLY and exercised every day. I lost 6 pounds the first 2 days! And I have gained two since, and my sugars are the SAME all the time. 201, 210, 213, 202, argh. All times of the day. I have a terrible liver disease as well so I can't handle a lot of meds. This is so frustrating. I am pretty miserable. Any ideas?
Comment by Ahmad on June 25, 2009 at 6:26am
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Comment by Tony S. on June 8, 2009 at 2:18am
Big realization for me tonight: I'd had a good dinner, but an hour or so later I wanted to eat again. When I thought about it, I wasn't really hungry at all. I've been on Byetta for almost 2 months and have lost some weight already. With Byetta I'm usually not hungry after meals. But then I remembered a slogan from Al-Anon: it's the word H.A.L.T. standing for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. Any one or combination of these feelings is a red warning signal to STOP and analyze what's going on, before you do something to harm your recovery. I realize that I do have a cold and am somewhat depressed about a situation with a friend, and I guess the cold's made me tired. This memory lead me to see that overeating for me is really emotional --- and that the recovery here in this forum is still recovery, on many levels, no different than in a program like Al-Anon. Recovery is first of all and most profoundly a spiritual journey. Here I've been imagining Byetta was the Silver Bullet that would cure my problems; you know, quickly: Lose Weight, Feel Great. But as they also say in Al-Anon: "Let it begin with me." Meaning any recovery must begin with me. That I've got to be my own Silver Bullet, not the Byetta. I'm in charge here, of my disease, not the doctor or the meds. I've decided NOT to live by what the scale says, or the glucose meter, or the HgA1c test results, but rather listen to myself, how I'm feeling. I need to learn to be more patient, both with Byetta's slow progress and my own slow spiritual/emotional healing. And I need to change my own attitudes and behaviors, especially regarding dieting and exercising, and to go out there and make my recovery happen. I wonder if anyone else has given thought to these things. It's late, and I'm not sure I'm making any sense. Anyhow, thanks for reading this.
Comment by Pamela on June 4, 2009 at 5:32am
Well here we go with a new month...6 months into 2009...Where does the time go....Oh I remember...Day by Day with Diabetes...Hour by Hour with Byetta....Oh Well...guess someone has to carry this cross.....I just thought I would give all of you a SMILE today. I am sooo thankful for all the good advice and encouragement. I am doing really good since my last "hick-up". My doc lowered my dosage back to 5mg. Then we found I could lower my dosage of synthroid. So all the aches and anxiety have slipped away. I have come to recognize which symptoms go with what disease finally (after 20+ yrs). My bs average is around 110 now. My T1C is the lowest its been in years...6.0. I give most of the credit to Byetta. I don't think I could of corrected my eating habits as easily without it. All the days of nausea really helped break bad habits of munching and emotional eating. It kept awareness forefront in my mind throughout my day to make good choices or feel bad the rest of my day. I hope I can encourgage any doubters to hang in there. Give the Byetta a fair chance to work. Its a very slow weight loss process that really comes by your eating habit changes. I do enjoy my meals now and DON'T crave sweets at all. I find it easy to say NO to sugary things without feeling deprived. When I feel the desire for a dessert or extra snack I lean on no sugar puddings or Dreyers NO FAT/NO SUGAR ice cream. The rule of thumb is to eat a balance of protein and carb at each meal. Don't take meds AFTER your shot. Those are the secrets to my success I think. Thanks to "my many friends" here that helped me through some tough times. I will try to be here for anyone that needs a hug or a shoulder. In all reality it will be a lifelong fight to contain the D monster, but to know we don't stand alone on the end of the cliff when we are cornered by it, really really makes us powerful. So put that smile on and begin again if your on your knees, but always know that your in control, not the D....Your All in my Prayers....PAMMIE
Comment by Joanne on May 29, 2009 at 8:00pm
I have been on Byetta 10 mcg for about a year and don't see changes that warrant the cost of the treatment. My A1C came down 0.2 and my BS are not a whole lot different and have lost no weight , so am I doing something wrong ? I also take Metformin 500 mg bid and Amaryl 2 mg bid. My sugars range from 114- 180 but am desperate to lose weight. I gained weight when I first started with Amaryl and just can't lose any. Help !!!
Comment by Doug on March 29, 2009 at 4:53pm
Jackie, please make an appointment with a dietitian. You need more carbs, and more so healthier carbs. My guess is you digested 10 gms of carb at best.
Comment by SUE STARCEVICH on March 29, 2009 at 9:13am
I have been on Byetta for 4 weeks not much sickness with it. Seem to be doing ok Now my doctor has put me on 10mg. So today I gave myself the shot and ate about 30 minutes later, about 20 minutes after eating I vomited. Is this normal? I also did have on problem when I started the 5 mg. After about an hour taking my before supper shot and eating my hands get so cold. Anyone elso have this. Looking for advice. Thanks Sue
Comment by Jackie on March 22, 2009 at 8:17pm
I was at 184 when I started and waited 30 min before I ate. I had two tomatoes cut up, ground turkey, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, sunflower nuts 1/4 c, crushed corn tortilla chips (about 14 chips) and ranch dressing. I make it up like a salad and it's what I always have for dinner. I was only able to eat half of it when I started feeling nauseous (I didn't have that problem on the 5mcg and of course this is just my first time trying the 10 mcg). I went down to 52 and finally came up to 70 after treating and now I am 115. So I'm okay now. I used to have this problem all the time when I first started the 5mcg about 6 months ago. I now know that I can't do the 10. The only thing that saved me was the fact that I was too high (184) to start out with. This is crazy! Thanks for responding Doug
Comment by Doug on March 22, 2009 at 8:03pm
What did you test before your shot, and and how many carbs did you eat? My guess is you are not eating enough carbs hence the low blood sugar.

Byetta does not make me nausea nor have I dropped weight because of it.
 

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