diabetic weight loss drug?

By redwingluver9398 Latest Reply 2010-03-25 16:54:05 -0500
Started 2009-09-10 10:00:39 -0500

When I saw my endo in May (just before I moved to GA) she had suggested a med that I could take in addition to metformin to help me lose weight. I had lost some weight on my own but she wanted to help me out. She said she wanted to see what I could do in two more months. I told her I was moving, and she said she wouldn't put me on a new med before I left as she wouldn't be able to follow up with me. Understand that just fine. However, I CAN NOT remember the name of the med she suggested. Can anyone help? I am supposed to see my new doc in 2 weeks and I'd like to mention it to see if he'll prescribe it. She mentioned the specific weight loss side effects. Any suggestions?

11 replies

2009-09-10 11:42:05 -0500 Report

I do not know what meds your old doctor would be talking about, but my suggestion would be contacting your old doctor and asking. It wouldn't hurt and would be the easiest and quickest way to find out.

kdroberts 2009-09-10 10:15:19 -0500 Report

Probably Byetta. Currently it's an injection you take twice a day. Victoza is a new competitor that will be available soon and that's a once daily injection. Sometime in the future a once weekly version of Byetta will be released.

redwingluver9398 2009-09-10 11:14:47 -0500 Report

EEEEP! I don't know if I want to commit to an injectable if I don't have to yet. I mean, I could do it if the doc said so, but not to do it just to lose the weight…does that make me a chicken? LOL

kdroberts 2009-09-10 11:20:32 -0500 Report

The only pill (other than metformin since you take that already) I know of that doesn't have a potential side effect (potential, not guaranteed) is Januvia but that's only weight neutral, not weight loss promoting.

When you really think about it, what's the difference between injecting a med and taking a pill or testing your blood sugar? Unless you have a severe needle phobia there really isn't much between them all.

redwingluver9398 2009-09-10 18:04:47 -0500 Report

Hi there,
It's not so much the needle, as the reality of the progression of the disease that gets me. I can handle the needle pokes, that's no problem. I just equate injections with further progression of the disease, and frankly, that scares the hell out of me! It might be irrational, but I watched my mom deteriorate, and she was insulin dependant. I realize that Byetta isn't an insulin, but it's an injectable, and to me that's one step closer. Does that make sense to anyone? Thanks for the name of the med. You're right, it's Byetta. Thanks for your help! :)

kdroberts 2009-09-10 20:19:38 -0500 Report

I can understand but in reality that kind of thing is old school. Any treatment is just a treatment, including insulin, it doesn't mean a progression or failure. So much so that insulin is becoming quite common as a first line of treatment for some patients.

redwingluver9398 2009-09-10 22:56:32 -0500 Report

thank you for calmly clarifying. You're right, it's just a treatment, no more no less. Changes have come so far since my mom was ill 16 years ago. Need to update my thinking and educate myself further…:) I think I've found a good place to learn; thank you.

roger1 2010-03-25 16:54:05 -0500 Report

You are a chicken, so was I, but found out there is nothing to it. Needle is so fine you rarely feel it go in. The results are great. I have been on insulin, Byetta, and now Victoza.