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Byetta (exenatide) causes weight loss of 3-6 pounds in diabetics
Wednesday, August 23, 2006 9:08 am Email this article
The anti-diabetes drug Byetta (exenatide) causes an average weight loss of 3-6 pounds in diabetics according to a recent review of the drug. Weight Loss
Metformin plus 10 mcg of Byetta twice a day caused the most weight loss: 6.4 pounds
Those who lost the most weight were on a combination of metformin (Glucophage) and 10 micrograms of Byetta (exenatide) twice a day.
Metformin plus 10 mcg of Byetta vs metformin plus 5 mcg of Byetta: 6.4 lbs vs 3.4 lbs
The metformin-10-mcg-Byetta group lost an average of roughly 6.4 pounds after six months compared to 3.4 pounds for those on metformin (Glucophage) and 5 micrograms of Byetta (exenatide) or roughly the same for those taking sulfonylurea either with or without metformin.
Byetta is an incretin mimetics and is used with metformin or a sulfonylurea
“BYETTA (bye-A-tuh) is the first in a class of medicines for type 2 diabetes called incretin mimetics,” according to the Byetta website.
“BYETTA improves blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes and is used with pills like Glucophage® (metformin), and/or a sulfonylurea like Amaryl® (glimepiride), Glucotrol® (glipizide), Micronase® (glyburide), and others.”
Byetta is an injectable drug
Byetta is an injectable drug.
Iltz J, Baker D, Setter S, Keith Campbell R. Exenatide: An incretin mimetic for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Clin Ther. 2006 May, 28(5):652-65.
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