By Sarguillo Latest Reply 2009-03-28 21:20:22 -0500
Started 2009-03-27 16:30:48 -0500

"FDA approval

New approval for type 2 diabetes. The FDA approved on Friday a drug to treat type 2 diabetes or adult onset diabetes that is a synthetic version of a substance found in the saliva of a Gila monster, a stout reptile.

the approval of the drug Byetta was the second FDA endorsement in six weeks for the Amlyin drug company.

The FDA approved Byetta for diabetics on oral medication, rather than insulin to control their diesease."

My mother in law has been on this drug for her T2. Is the FDA behind or are some doctors ahead in perscribing this drug???

14 replies

Splender 2009-03-28 02:00:49 -0500 Report

I was on Byetta for about 1 1/2 years. Yes it helped to keep my sugars under control and it did help me not to gain any more weight. However about 9-11 months into using it I started to get little sores at the injection site. It was hard for me to heal. I figured it was due to the diabetes,but it wasn't. I finally went to a Dermatologist and after some treatment with creams and steroids that did not work the Doctor decided to do a biopsy of one of the sores. When the results came back I was told that these sores were caused by something in the Byetta. Well after doing so well on the Byetta I did not want to stop it,but at last I had to. Funny thing—within about 2-3 weeks all the sores went away and my stomach can't be any clearer. But then my sugars started to go hay wire and now I'm on 2 insulin's a day. I'm finally starting to even out a little at a time so hopefully in the near future I will be under a good control. Thanks for hearing me out. I have a problem of rambling on and on. I will stop now to let someone else have a turn.


Avera 2009-03-27 23:16:33 -0500 Report


This discussion made me curious. I've often wondered who seems to be posting articles with no name or link.

I just wrote John Crowley and hopefully he can help us out here with the date of the mentioned article with no link.


2009-03-27 22:26:33 -0500 Report

A friend of mine is on Byetta, he says at first it made him sick to his stomach, and now after being on it for awhile, he doesn't eat near as much, that way he wont get sick to his stomach anymore.

jsd2005 2009-03-27 20:14:42 -0500 Report

I just added a comment under news and articles about this new med. How is it working so far? It will be interesting to see how it works.

lipsie 2009-03-27 19:30:01 -0500 Report

I wish I knew something to help but I don't, good luck to ya all though. Very interesting topic though. Sheila

Judimar 2009-03-27 17:04:39 -0500 Report

Hey Sarg,

I have been on Byetta for almost a year now. I have read or heard somewhere recently (can't remember where, sorry) that they are working on a new form of Byetta that can be injected once a week or month instead of twice daily like I am having to do. I wish I could remember where I heard this because the idea of not having to inject myself as much is very appealing and I want to learn more about it.

Like Robin stated, it could be an old article or maybe it might have to do with this new form of Byetta that is being worked on.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-03-27 17:31:11 -0500 Report

This is very interesting, my daughter use's Byetta and it would be great if she didn't to inject 2x a day. I see my endo the 8th of April and will ask him about it.

roger 2009-03-28 19:24:43 -0500 Report

dr wanted to put me on this on thr . she told me it cam in a pen and about to get the ok for the once a week i think is what she told me . i am going to hold off intill i find out about the $$$$$$ on 6 pills plus insulin and pump sup getting $$$$$ with out adding another.

rbergman 2009-03-27 16:40:37 -0500 Report

Hey Sarg,
You know recently I got an email form Quality Health or Managing Diabetes, or some such site about a new drug or something for diabetics, I read it and then realized, the original article was dated sometime back in 2006 although I had only received the email that day…2009. So now I watch for the date first on emailed information I get from these sites to make sure they aren't just dredging up something that is "old news" so to speak.
With that being said, where did you find this information? Did you happen to notice the copyright date or article date or such. It could be similar to what I mentioned above, old news being brought back up again.
As far as the specific drug you are asking about I'm sorry it isn't something I use so I cannot say much about it specifically I just wanted to make folks aware that some of these information sites send out old news without saying that is what it is when sending it.

Sarguillo 2009-03-27 17:02:25 -0500 Report

I found it in our news and articles tab. I think its the 3rd one down for today.

rbergman 2009-03-27 17:18:19 -0500 Report

I see where you got it from, but unfortunately the web address of the original article isn't there so it is hard to say how long ago it was a published article, but as Judi said, maybe it does have something to do with the new form she read about, really hard to say, not enough information to go on.