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By dolfinatc2 Latest Reply 2010-08-26 13:16:22 -0500
Started 2010-08-25 19:29:29 -0500

Could anyone tell me if byetta and glipzide are the same or have the same end results ? thank you :)

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Ahsoup 2010-08-26 12:01:05 -0500 Report

Don't know if this will help you or not. Everyone has to find the formula that works for them. Every body system is different from the next. I take Metformin twice a day and a glipizide in the morning as well. I combined this with eating foods that are low on the Glycemic Index and use the Fiber 35 Diet plan. Add exercise, like walking, and the pounds come off.

kdroberts 2010-08-25 19:52:32 -0500 Report

They are very different, but share some similarities in the end function.

Glipizide is in a class called sulfonylurea and it makes your pancreas produce more insulin 24/7 regardless of whether you need it or not. Think of it like squeezing a sponge to get water out.

Byetta is a synthetic version of a hormone called GLP-1. It's function is to act like a middleman between your brain, liver and pancreas. Primarily it signals your pancreas to produce more insulin and your liver to release less glucose when your blood sugar is high and/or rising and the opposite when your blood sugar is low or going down. It also signals your brain when you are eating to tell it that you are full. Victoza is a different synthetic version of the same hormone. Think of it like a traffic cop directing traffic.

dolfinatc2 2010-08-25 21:57:25 -0500 Report

Thank you very much !!!! This has been helpful !!!!!
Why I'm asking is that up till 5 years ago , i was not type 2 … I gained alot of weight due to the loss of my parents , sooooo my doctor put me on some meds and I was not really paying any attention to taking my blood sugar seriously…soooo just recentley he was saying that he wants me to go on the Byetta & I was reading all this bad stuff about it and really do not want to go that direction… I started to take the Glip XL again about a week and a half ago and my sugar is in the 100's to high 90's again… I saw the doctor today and he was mad that I was back on this again and not on the Byetta…he said if I have any insulin left it will be used all up by taking the glip… Is this true ?
At the begining of this month I started to get my head on straight again and started to eat right and excersise again… I use to be very active and athlete I want to be this again…I think the numbers are good but like I said he thinks I shouldn't take it , hmmmm…
Any feed back on this ???
Thanx Again :)

kdroberts 2010-08-25 22:28:50 -0500 Report

Your doctor is neither right nor wrong. There is no conclusive evidence either way regarding pancreas burnout on a sulfonylurea. Byetta would have similar issues since it does force more insulin production, just not as much. It's also a lot more expensive. At the end of the day, you are taking the mere so you ultimately decide. If your doctor didn't explain why he wanted you to take the Byetta and not the glipizide then its his downfall, not yours. Next time you see him, ask why he wants you to switch and keep.questioning until you understand why and can make an informed decision.

The exercise will only help. That and the right diet may mean you don't need either drug.

dolfinatc2 2010-08-26 10:29:10 -0500 Report

Good Morning !!!!!!
Had another question… I remebered what my doctor told me yesterday about the glipizide and the Byetta… He said the reading I was having now are false readings ??????? what does that mean?
Thank you

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