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 78 40
Weight loss 10 8
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 6 5
General health 2 1
Birth control 1 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 9
Moderate 6
Mild 13
None 18

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Exenatide

Dosage Patients
2 mg weekly 9
5 mcg every 8 weeks 1
2 mg twice daily 1
10 mcg daily 1
20 mcg twice daily 1
2 x 10 mcg/0.04 mL daily 1
5 x 5 mcg/0.02 mL daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Exenatide

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 12
Side effects too severe 10
Other 9
Did not seem to work 6
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Exenatide

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

Stopped taking Exenatide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 29
Usually 7
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 26
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 22
Not specified 20

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Exenatide after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 3
Liraglutide (Victoza) 3
Insulin Lispro (Humalog) 2
Metformin (Glucophage) 2
Glyburide-Metformin (Glucovance) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Exenatide and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Liraglutide (Victoza) 3
Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) 2
Dulaglutide (Trulicity) 2
Insulin Lispro (Humalog) 2
Metformin (Glucophage) 2

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

4 patient evaluations for Exenatide

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

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

  • 1 helpful mark

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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