What Is Extended-Release Exenatide Used For?
Available in the form of an injection, extended-release exenatide is used for treating type 2 diabetes in adults. It is designed to increase insulin production in response to meals and decrease the amount of glucose that the liver produces. By adequately controlling blood sugar levels, this medication can help prevent certain complications like kidney failure, heart disease, and diabetic neuropathy.
An Overview of Uses for Extended-Release ExenatideExtended-release exenatide (Bydureon™) is a prescription medication approved for treating type 2 diabetes. It is an incretin mimetic and, like other incretin mimetics, is given by injection. However, it is unique in that it is injected just once a week, which can be a major advantage for many people.
Extended-Release Exenatide Use for Type 2 DiabetesType 2 diabetes is the most common type (see Diabetes Types). It is also sometimes called adult-onset diabetes or noninsulin-dependent diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the cells of the body do not respond to insulin as well as they normally should. As a result, these cells do not sufficiently remove sugar from the blood. This is why people with type 2 diabetes have high blood sugar levels.
Over time, high blood sugar can lead to a number of problems, including diabetic impotence, diabetic neuropathy, kidney failure, and heart disease (see Diabetes Complications). The cause of type 2 diabetes is not fully understood, although it is known that obesity and genetics play an important role in the condition.
Extended-release exenatide can be used alone or in combination with other diabetes medications. When compared to other incretin mimetics, extended-release exenatide does have a few potential negatives. One is the fact that each dose must be mixed immediately before use, compared to other similar medications that come in prefilled pens. Another is the relatively large needle that must be used to inject the medication(no other needles can be used), compared to the other products that allow the user to choose an appropriate (and probably smaller) needle.