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Byetta® Problems

Byetta® problems have been reported across the United States and beyond. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Byetta® prescriptions are requested by healthcare providers and filled by pharmacists. Some of the problems that accompany Byetta® use are described in the Patient Information that accompanies each package of Byetta®, and other Byetta® problems are less well known.

For Type 2 Diabetes

Byetta® is just one of many diabetes medications available to people in the U.S. Its twice-daily injections are designed to maintain control of the user's blood glucose; that is, it controls the highs and lows of blood sugar experienced by many diabetics. Byetta® was approved by the FDA in 2005 for use by adults with type 2 diabetes (previously known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus [NIDDM] or adult-onset diabetes).

Eight Percent of the U.S. Population

According to the American Diabetes Association, over 20 million people in the U.S. have diabetes — an astonishing eight percent of the population. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90%-95% of all of the diagnosed cases of diabetes. The other cases are type 1 diabetes, which used to be known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or juvenile-onset diabetes.

What Does Byetta® Do?

Byetta® controls a user's blood sugar levels in at least four ways, according to its manufacturers, Eli Lilly & Co. and Amylin Pharmaceuticals:

  • It signals the pancreas to produce the appropriate amount of insulin after a meal
  • It keeps the liver from producing too much glucose
  • It helps slow the rate at which glucose and food leave the stomach
  • It can reduce the user's appetite and amount of food consumed

Will Byetta® Lower My Blood Sugar?

Yes, Byetta® can definitely lower and control a diabetic individual's blood sugar. However, a range of problems are associated with Byetta® use, including its high cost (at least $200 a month), the need to inject the active drug (exenatide) twice daily, as opposed to a simple oral medication, and a host of potential Byetta® side effects, which cover a spectrum from mild headaches to severe nausea, dehydration, hypoglycemia (abnormally low blood sugar) and pancreatitis — a life-threatening inflammation.

Talk to a Lawyer about Byetta® Problems

If you have had serious reactions to or problems with Byetta®, talk to a Byetta® lawyer in your area who represents individuals harmed by dangerous drugs. You can learn more from him or her about the serious side effects and deaths linked to Byetta®.

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Byetta News

  • Byetta May Be Linked to Pancreatitis and Cancer

    October 14, 2011

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have found that the use of the diabetes medications Byetta® and Januvia® may increase the risk of serious problems with the pancreas. Januvia® and Byetta® are both used to treat type 2 diabetes, … Continue reading