Exenatide Drug Information
Exenatide (Byetta®) is a prescription drug used to reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It is a type of incretin mimetic that works by decreasing the amount of glucose that the liver produces and increasing insulin production in response to meals.
Although the medication is taken by injection, it is not a form of insulin and is not intended to treat type 1 diabetes. It is typically used twice a day, before the two main meals, at least six hours apart.
Most people have no problems with exenatide; however, this medicine is not right for everyone. Prior to beginning treatment with exenatide, inform your healthcare provider about any other drugs you are taking and any other medical conditions you have, especially any kidney problems.
(Click Exenatide for more detailed information on this drug, including other issues to discuss with your healthcare provider and what to do if you miss a dose.)