Is Byetta good to try or not? I see that the side effects can be some problems with your pancreas. What are the odds?

Dr. David Erani


Using Byetta is neither good nor bad. It is right for some people and not right for others. Byetta belongs to the class of medications called GLP-1 agonists. Like any medication, medicines in this class have potential benefits and potential risks. They are effective in lowering A1C, they do not tend to cause hypoglycemia, and they are typically associated with weight loss. They are also fairly likely to cause nausea and are expensive. Deciding whether the medication is right for you comes down to weighing the potential benefits against the potential risks. There is evidence of an association between use of GLP-1 agonists and pancreatitis. At this time, there is no evidence that GLP-1 agonists cause pancreatitis. The fact that two things are associated with each other does not mean that one causes the other. The classic example of this is the relationship between carrying matches and developing lung cancer. While people who carry matches are more likely to develop lung cancer, this does not lead us to believe that lung cancer is caused by carrying matches.

February 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm