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Byetta (exenatide) causes weight loss of 6 pounds, nausea most common side effect
Thursday, August 24, 2006 3:51 am Email this article
The anti-diabetes drug Byetta (exenatide) causes an average weight loss of as much as 6.2 pounds in diabetics according to another review paper about the drug. The recommended dose is 5 to 10 mcg twice a day injected subcutaneously -- under the skin -- before breakfast and dinner. The most common side effects are nausea, affecting 44 percent, vomiting (13 percent), diarrhea (13 percent), and hypoglycemia -- low blood sugar -- affecting 5-36 percent. REFERENCE
Lam S, See S. Exenatide: A novel incretin mimetic agent for treating type 2 diabetes mellitus. Cardiol Rev. 2006 Jul-Aug, 14(4):205-11.
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Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice
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St. John’s University
Jamaica, New York 11439
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