Dosing InformationThe dose of exenatide your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Exenatide Dosage for more information.)
Drug InteractionsExenatide can potentially interact with a few medications (see Drug Interactions With Exenatide for more information).
Alternatives to ExenatideIn general, type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes (such as weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective at managing diabetes, medication, such as exenatide, may be necessary.
The main goal of diabetes medication is to lower blood sugar levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to diabetes, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems. Because exenatide can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk for developing problems related to high blood sugar by taking it.
For most people, exenatide is quite effective at controlling blood sugar. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, you may need to add another diabetes medication in order to control your blood sugar. You may also wish to consider a substitute. These substitutes can include other diabetes drugs, either by themselves or in combination.
(Click Byetta Alternatives to learn more about alternatives to exenatide.)
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