Losing weight on Byetta Injections for Type II Diabetes people

Janet Webster
By Janet Webster Latest Reply 2010-10-14 14:45:19 -0500
Started 2010-05-15 15:18:35 -0500

I am doing really great on these injections, I have just joined this website so maybe you all have already discussed this, don't know. But Byetta injections really help you not to be as hungry and I have lost around 16 lbs in the last 3 months without really trying, just cutting back. Would like to know if anyone else has been on Byetta injections and if they have worked for you, I think it is a miracle medicine, I am so happy it has helped me control my appetite.

6 replies

PattiJL 2010-10-14 14:45:19 -0500 Report

I saw my Dr today in fact and he is putting me on this. I have to go see the Diabetic Educator to learn how to use it. All of your posts are giving me encouragement. As far as cost, I have a high deductable plan. What is the average cost for this med?

Rubygirl 2010-06-30 17:46:39 -0500 Report

I have been on Byetta for over two years and love it. I have lost 60 pounds and my A1C is usually between 6.0 - 6.3 which the doctor says is wonderful. I have cut my oral medication in half (Advantia) and I only have to take 5 mgs a day byetta.
My endocronologist wanted to take me off the byetta saying I really didn't need it but I said no way, it keeps me in check. I was on insulin for six years prior to taking byetta. This is definately a miracle drug, swear by it.

davidvermont 2010-06-06 10:10:04 -0500 Report

Can you take Byetta injections if you also are taking insulin? If so, does the type of insulin matter? (I take a once a day shot of Lantus and Novalog at meal time). Also, is the drug Symlin just another version of Byetta? Thanks.

Diane987 2010-06-06 14:19:17 -0500 Report

My endocrinologist is the one who decided it was ok for me to give Byetta a try. My PCP and I had difference of opinion about it. I was taking 15 units of Novalin N once a day plus Actos and Metformin. My Endo decided to replace insulin with byetts but she told me that if my BS spiked I would have to go back on insulin immediately and we would eliminate Actos. Bottom line is she would have had me on insulin and Byetta at the same time, but I don't think it is typically done.

From my understanding of the two drugs they are different. Symlin is a man-made amylin. Beta cells secrete amylin with insulin. Byetta is an artificial GLP-1. Glucagon Like Peptide-1 is secreted by the digestive system in response to food. GLP-1 tells your beta cells to release some insulin to prepare for the food. The differences in the two medications explain why Symlin is used with T1 and Byetta with T2. T1 diabetics don't have active beta cells to stimulate therefore Byetta would not be effective.

Diane987 2010-06-06 09:51:23 -0500 Report

I started on Byetta about 4 weeks ago. I did the 5mcg for two weeks and since I did not have any of those ugly side affects I went to the full 10 mcg dose. My only problem on this medication is constipation. I too have a decreased appetite and I am losing weight. The weight loss can be attributed to a few different factors but the decreased appetite is all Byetta. Who would have thought lizard spit would be helpful.

My only issue is that I have less options when my BS goes a little high. I was on insulin and oral meds before I started Byetta. It was basically an experiment to see if I could come off the insulin. I really wanted off the insulin to help me lose weight. But now, its that time of the month, my BS gets a little elevated and I can't just take an extra unit or two.

I did some extra time on the treadmill this morning to help bring it down. Really didn't feel like exercising but I woke up to BS of 138. I could hear the collective "See I told you!" from all my past gym teachers.

ohionative 2010-08-10 08:58:11 -0500 Report

Ifit's making you constipated, stop using it. It can't be3 reversed the constipattion. Nothing will help you7 go right again, ne er had problem with it till took Byetta.