I have been a T2 diabetic for 10 years. Currently taking Metform in a.m. and at bedtime, also Amaryl 2 mg in a.m., and if BS over 140 prior to lunch, take Amaryl 2 mg ( this 2nd dose started about 2 months ago). Now doc wants to start Byetta slowly, once a day for a week, then to twice a day. A1C is 7.6. Any suggestions or concerns from prior users? Thanks for the advice.
So far, I have had most of the side effects. Each day I have adjusted diet, activities, meals, and meds in order to eleminate side effects if at all possible. Still on once/day Byetta, Metformin 500 mgm with Amaryl 2 mg with breakfast and Metformin 1000 mgm in p.m. Glucometer numbers running in the 70-139, so I guess I am tolerating med. Advice is always educational and appreciated, thank you.
Joyce I don't want to scare you, but......my mom was taking byetta, and metformin and at first she loved the byetta.....absolutely loved it...because it curbed her appetite and she lost weight and her blood sugar was better controlled. She decided to stop taking it a few months ago because she heard that it is a "bad drug" and is linked to pancreatic cancer. There is a class action lawsuit that has been advertised on TV. Be careful!
The Following User Says Thank You to rosequartz For This Useful Post: Joyce0918 (05-17-2013)
I take Byetta 5mg twice a day and I take Glyburide 5mg with now side affects except at times I get lows (In the upper 40's to in the 50's) with the Byetta. I stopped using Metformin 1000mg (twice a day) I was getting bathroom troubles about about 4 times a week. now my bs is in the upper 180 to 350 in the mornings. Today it was at 377. And now my doctor has moved and I need to find a new doctor. Anyway You have to check your bs closely when taking Byetta. Good luck.
The Following User Says Thank You to kee4u For This Useful Post: Joyce0918 (05-17-2013)
Hello all of you helpful persons. I have noted a decrease in bs's. I am now using Byetta BID, I hour prior to breakfast and supper. The key for me seems to make sure to adjust the amount of diet, exercise, and to be sure and drink more than 64 ounces of water. I continue to take 500 mgm Metformin in a.m., Amaryl 2 mgm in a.m. with breakfast. The p.m. nausea continues until bedtime when I go to sleep, but is gone by early morning when I get up between 3 and 5 to start the day. I have not required additional lunch Amaryl, so maybe there will be a decrease in overal meds after next blood work and MD visit middle of July. And yes, I am checking blood sugars at least 3 times each day. If hypoglycemic episode is becoming apparent after blood sugar check, then appropriate steps are taken. More updates when appropriate, but thank you all for the guidance and support.