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What If I Take an Overdose?

People who take too much exenatide may have overdose symptoms that could include:
If you happen to take too much, seek immediate medical attention.
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How Should Exenatide Be Stored?

Your pharmacist must store exenatide under refrigeration, but you may keep it at room temperature (up to 77 degrees F) after the first use, up to 30 days. Any pens that you have not used yet should be stored in the refrigerator. The medication should not be frozen, and you should not use any exenatide that has been frozen. Do not store your pens with the needles attached (this will prevent leakage). A pen should be thrown away 30 days after the first time you use it, even it there is some medication left in it.
Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you do not take exenatide as scheduled, skip your missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take the medication after a meal, and do not take a double dose.

Who Makes Exenatide?

Exenatide is made by Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Available Strengths

Exenatide pens are available in two strengths:
  • Exenatide 5 mcg prefilled pens (60 doses each)
  • Exenatide 10 mcg prefilled pens (60 doses each).
You will need pen needles to be able to inject exenatide, since the medication does not come with pen needles. Pen needles are special needles used for pen-injecting devices. Ask your healthcare provider about which length and gauge of pen needles will be best for you. In some situations (and in some states), you may need a prescription for them, so be sure to ask your healthcare provider about whether you need a prescription for pen needles.
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