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BYETTA

Discussion in 'Incretin Mimetics' started by Dennis, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. Lizz

    Lizz · Newbie

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    Hi, I have been on Byetta for about 4 months now, my levels were ALWAYS high in the mornings on waking, often 10+. My HbAc1 was tested after 6 weeks on Byetta and had dropped from 8.6 to 6.7 - I got the results from the doctor at the hospital while having my 6 monthly eye check. We were both delighted to see that the macular problems had improved (the only change has been the Byetta), and now will see him in 9 months instead of 6. I would like to start taking lutein as it was recommended to my dad by the consultant in the same department after he had a cataract fixed. can anyone recommend a good one.
    Liz
     
  2. cugila

    cugila · Master

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    Hi Liz.

    Personally, I am not a lover of any sort of supplement except totally natural ones so I had no idea about Lutien until you asked about it. This is a link to a website which gives a lot of information about it. Hope this helps.
    http://www.luteininfo.com/wherevitamins

    As a 'spit' user myself since January of this year I can vouch for it's efficacy and in addition to some of it's benefits. However, take a look at a previous post I made regarding eyesight which involved reducing my carbohydrate intake and the massive benefit to my eyesight. Just a thought instead of a supplement ?
    viewtopic.php?f=18&t=9353#p87914

    So, welcome to the forum. Take a good look around and if you have any further questions just ask.

    Ken.
     
  3. Vivienne

    Vivienne · Active Member

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    Good morning,
    I saw my consultant yesterday, good news...Byetta is working for me.
    After 5 weeks, HBC1 down from 8.1 to 7.5, weight loss 8 kilos, feeling good, continuing with 5 units twice a day with further reduction of Lantus from 60 units pm and 30 units am to only 40 units pm.
    Novorapid (100 units daily, pre Byetta) is history! Still taking 4 X 500 mg metformin SR
    We discussed a once weekly dose of Byetta as a future option, is anyone on this?
    Vivienne
     
  4. cugila

    cugila · Master

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    Hi Vivienne.

    Great to hear you are doing so well and - no more Insulin. What a result. Well done. :D

    The once weekly Byetta is still in the pipeline I'm afraid. As soon as we hear anything it will get posted here. There is a new drug Victoza which is once daily but the side effects list is like a telephone directory !! We have one person on it at the moment who is keeping us updated about her progress.

    Ken.
     
  5. candyog

    candyog · Well-Known Member

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    hi all i went to gp yesterday for sickness tablets i told her i dont want to give up on byetta yet and she agreed and prescribed tablets to help me through it i then took dog for walk in local woods and guess what i fell down grass bank and landed spending day in hospital mostly waiting around any way ive broke my ankle now plastered up on crutches got home 7pm last night had piece of toast with byetta hour later it came back up but i had not had chance to take tablet will try with tablet today now im feeling even more sorry for myself :!: :!: but im sticking at it i just dont want to give up on byetta weight loss so good now 2st 10lbs
     
  6. Vivienne

    Vivienne · Active Member

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    What a bummer Candyog :(
    wishing you a speedy recovery :)
    Vivienne
     
  7. candyog

    candyog · Well-Known Member

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    hi thanks vivienne didnt realize how hard it is to get around on crutches dsn rang yesterday when i told her im finding it hard to get to toilet when im going to be sick i stumped all my toes on good foot yesterday on bathroom door she said for me to go back onto 5 pen for now im going this morning to hospital to have plaster adjusted as swelling has gone down i have this fear of wanting to be sick while im there i have to wait for prescription for 5 so feeling quite nausia after morning dose well here goes daughter is here to take me bye for now :) :)
     
  8. tizzzzy

    tizzzzy · Member

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    Have just had my three month review on the 10 pen. Excuse me if I sound like I'm boasting but I've just been told 'I'm a success story'. Didn't think this would happen as the first two months were horrendous, nausea, vomiting etc, but hopefully this has settled now. Anyway, sugars HbA1c down to 7.7 from 10.1, blood pressure down to 130, cholesteral 2.8, gone down 2 dress sizes, weight down by 3 stone. Was told to increase my liquid intake though as kidney function not quite as it should be, must admit now sugars down I'm not so thirsty all the time and I forget to drink!
    Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that although it does get better, strangely I somehow miss the nausea as it definitely curbs your appetite, was loving the quick weight loss and also the complete lack of hunger. Do people find their weight increases again once they pass the nausea stage?
     
  9. Vivienne

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    Tizzzzy,
    Fortunately I haven't done the nausea stuff (5 weeks on Byetta) and weight is declining, so hopefully your weight will keep going down too.
    Vivienne
     
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    Thanks for the feedback Ken
    Vivienne
     
  11. tizzzzy

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    Hi Vivienne

    Thanks for your response, great that you haven't experienced nausea, one thing that made me laugh at review was the comment the diabetic nurse made, although a lot of her patients were experiencing the nausea, nobody wanted to come off Byetta, I don't imagine there are many drugs that have this response!
     
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    Hello again

    I have have yet another question :)

    I have now been on Byetta 8 weeks. I moved up to the 10 pen 2 weeks ago. Most of the time it works very well for me in curbing appetite which has been a great help in losing weight. I have noticed though, that occasionally, I do get a strong craving to eat which doesnt happen most of the time. Sometimes it is in the morning, but most often in the evening. I am not sure why this is happening. I try to curb it by eating ready made up sugar free jellies, or a handful of nuts, but not always successfully!! I am wondering if it is my new lower carb diet that could be causing it?
    Does anyone else get the same problem?
     
  13. Keefyboy

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    I started on the 5m dose of Byetta on Tuesday evening. I felt nauseous for the first 24 hours or so but it seems to have settled quite quickly. My Novorapid has been significantly reduced but my background Levemir remains unchanged. My BS levels have remained consistent with pre Byetta so far. I am sticking to the one hour before breakfast and dinner which is a pain - only in view of timing. I will see how things go.

    Back to the hospital in three weeks to increase to 10m.

    My substantial reduction in carbs for the previous three months led to a zero reduction in weight. Maybe the Byetta will help to address this issue as time goes on.

    Regards to all.

    Keefyboy :)
     
  14. Pozzie

    Pozzie · Active Member

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    Hi Keefy

    You dont have to wait an hour to inject it. You can take it any time UP to an hour before. I usually inject mine as i am dishing up my meal. I find it much easier
     
  15. candyog

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    hi all finding this pretty tough to write as i feel such a failure have been taken off byetta completly this morning as im not even keeping water down and finding it impossible to get to toilet urgently on crutches and plaster ive already stumped all my toes on good foot now very bruised i suppose i might of stuck at it if ihadnt broke my ankle i know ive lost nearly three stone in nine weeks which is good but i feel totally dehydrated skin gone all wrinkly and shakey with headaches any way just on metformin till next week until nurse decides what to try i feel so bad about it all
     
  16. Vivienne

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    Candyog,
    You are not a failure, you have lost 3 stone in 9 weeks...phenomenal!
    just focus on one thing at a time, get your ankle sorted, stick with metformin, relax and let your body heal. Then hopefully restart Byetta.
    Think positive,
    Vivienne :D
     
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    hi yes thanks vivienne i know i should think positive but after all the hard struggle all these weeks im just dissapointed with myself but i will try and keep positive like you said 3 stone is good achievement i dont think im feeling too good about relying on people to do so much for me im usually so independant anyway thanks for your support take care bye for now
     
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    Hi candog.

    Sorry to hear you have been taken off the Byetta and that you were having problems.

    It appears to me that you are being dealt with by a GP and a Nurse ? If this so please get yourself referred to an Endocrinologist before going onto Insulin or any other meds. You need to see a Specialist.

    Ken.
     
  19. Jude

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    Vivkaroo

    Where are you? Are you okay - dont seem to have heard from you for ages. Is the Byetta still going okay? I have now gone onto the 10 pen after 12 weeks on the 5 and am not doing too badly - fingers crossed!!

    luv Jude x
     
  20. Pumpkin

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    Update:

    I contacted this thread some time ago when I quivered with anxiety at giving myself that first jab.This was last February -five months ago. Now I jab myself like a pro - and yes, it IS almost painless.

    Byetta has made a huge difference. I have lost two stone and dropped all my diabetes medication apart from metformin. The most notable event was the dramatic change from the 5 to the 10 jab after the first four weeks. Had nausea for five weeks thereafter but not cripplingly so. Nevertheless I can still sometimes feel rather bloated some months later - plus a mild tummy ache. I might add at this point that my American friends worry a lot for me about taking Byetta as I believe it has had a bad press over there - hopefully as a result of some quirky and inaccurate reporting.

    My blood sugars are lowering to about 7 or less, although I suffered a series of horrid hypos about a month ago as my loss in weight increased Byetta's efficacy (readings in the low 3's four nights in a row - so unilaterally stopped my evening 1mg dose Amaryl. Hope my nurse doesn't read this before we next meet!)

    Nevertheless my early morning readings remain high (7.7 - 8.0) despite not having eaten overnight! I read elswehere of this weird 'early morning phenomenon' but tend to shrug my shoulders and made the decision to stop taking the evening amaryl as it was causing me hypos and I was passing out. These hypos have now stopped

    The most curious side effect is my inability to eat much for dinner - I abruptly feel 'full' and even mildly sick were I to attempt to eat any more. This is particularly so with red meats, fatty food, and exotically spiced food and strong fishtastes. I used to love them but now feel ill at the thought of them! On the other hand I crave fruit and can eat any amount of bready cakes.

    I wonder if any one else has had changes in their tastes?
     
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