What is Exenatide?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Byetta Bydureon

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Exenatide is an add-on therapy for patients with Type 2 diabetes that are not adequately controlled with oral hypoglycemic medications. It is a Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1) Receptor Agonist. It is available as Byetta (injected twice-daily) and Bydureon (once-weekly).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes Type 2 72 39
Weight loss 10 7
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 4 4
Appetite change 2 2
General health 2 1
Birth control 1 0

Show all 10 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 8
Moderate 6
Mild 12
None 19

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Exenatide

Side effect Patients
Nausea 6
Headaches 3
Dizziness 2
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 2
Nausea and vomiting 2
Allergic reaction 1

Show all 24 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Exenatide

Dosage Patients
2 mg weekly 7
2 x 5 mcg/0.02 mL daily 2
2 x 10 mcg/0.04 mL daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Exenatide

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 11
Other 8
Side effects too severe 8
Did not seem to work 7
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 32 patients who’ve stopped taking Exenatide

Duration

Currently taking Exenatide

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Exenatide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 7
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 27
Usually 9
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 23
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 21
Not specified 20

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Exenatide after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 3
Metformin (Glucophage) 3
Insulin 1
Rosiglitazone (Avandia) 1
Sitagliptin (Januvia) 1

Patients stopped taking Exenatide and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Liraglutide (Victoza) 3
Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) 2
Dulaglutide (Trulicity) 2
Metformin (Glucophage) 2
Canagliflozin (Invokana) 1

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

5 patient evaluations for Exenatide

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wrendy
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wrendy
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 61
Condition: Diabetes Type 2 9 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Diabetes Type 2

See wrendy's full Exenatide history

Mar 24, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mcg/0.04 mL Twice daily
Advice & Tips: this really helps the insulin you take work more effectively. i had no side effects from the medicine. i quit because my doctor put me on something different. this is expensive for those without drug insurance. right around 500.00.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
poppysmom
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poppysmom
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 59
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vg
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See poppysmom's full Exenatide history

Aug 5, 2015 (Started Jan 02, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Bibs4me
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Bibs4me
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 47
Condition: Diabetes Type 2 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Diabetes Type 2

See Bibs4me's full Exenatide history

Jul 24, 2015 (Started Feb 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Weight loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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