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Extended-release exenatide is a medication prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is a type of incretin mimetic that works by increasing insulin production and decreasing the amount of glucose produced by the liver. Possible side effects may include constipation, diarrhea, and nausea. The medicine comes as an injection that is given just under the skin once a week.
What Is Extended-Release Exenatide?Extended-release exenatide (Bydureon™) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. This is a unique diabetes medicine, as it is given as a once-a-week injection.
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Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, extended-release exenatide may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of extended-release exenatide include but are not limited to:
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