Effectiveness & Side Effects of Bydureon

Bydureon is a drug that helps in controlling blood sugar level; it is prescribed to patients suffering from diabetes. The medicine facilitates the efficient production of insulin from pancreas. Bydureon is an advanced version of exentide.

Effectiveness & Side Effects of Bydureon

How Effective is Bydureon?

Bydureon medicine when combined with healthy diet and exercise effectively controls blood sugar level. Also, it is used to cure type 2 diabetes and not for treating type 1 diabetes.

People who are suffering from any sort of kidney disorder, slow digestion, family history if thyroid or cancer, ketoacidosis or any form of cancer should not take Bydureon without a registered doctor’s suggestion.

One should immediately stop take Bydureon and consult doctor if they experience sudden pain in their stomach, nausea or vomit sensation, fast heart rate or pain in back. All these symptoms indicate that the person is suffering from pancreatitis. The effect of this medicine considerably reduces in type 1 diabetes or patients suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis.

The medication is injected in the body of patient once in every seven days. There is no restriction in the timing i.e., it can be injected in patient’s body anytime before or after meal. The only thing that should be considered is to religiously follow doctor’s instructions.

How to Take Bydureon?

As discussed above the medicine should be taken the way it is instructed by the doctor. Also endure to read and follow the instructions given on prescription label. Never make the mistake of altering the dose of the medicine i.e. do not increase or decrease the dose or extent the duration recommended by the doctor. In any of the above mentioned case patient either do not get cured or face adverse health consequences.

Bydureon is an injection which is injected through skin and as it is taken once a week, hence; patients can learn how to take injection at home. Do not try to take the injection on your if you don’t know how to take injection. Before taking the injection learn the basic hygiene related to needle and syringes.

The day of taking the injection can be changed based on convenience but make sure that the new dosage day should be at least three days after the last dose. Bydureon is a concentrated medicine and cannot be taken in the same form as it is available. It has to be first diluted by adding some water. The medicine should be taken immediately after dilution and should not be stored in diluted form. If taking the medicine at home, then ensure to learn how to appropriately mix the solution with water.

Your doctor will teach to find the appropriate place on your body to inject Bydureon. Make sure to inject the medicine at different places and never inject the medicine at the same place two times consequently.

What is the Recommended Dosage of Bydureon?

The dose in adult should not exceed more than 2mg in seven days and it can be taken at any time of the day before or after meal. Patient suffering from diabetes can subsequently switch to extended-release exenatide from immediate-release exenatide. Some of the patients feel that treatment is possible only with immediate-release exenatide but it is not true. If patient switch from immediate to extended-release exenatide, then there is a high possibility that blood sugar level will fluctuate but will get normalized in the first two weeks itself.

Along with the medicine, make sure to adopt healthy diet and regular exercise to get better results in treating type 2 diabetes.

What are the Side Effects of Bydureon?

Just like any other medicine, Bydureon also have some side effects. Make sure to inform your doctor if:

  • You are allergic to Bydureon
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Swelling on face, throat or tongue
  • Severe body pain
  • Warmth
  • Itching
  • Blisters
  • Lump formation on the area where injection was given
  • Suffering from pancreatitis i.e., sudden pain in stomach, fats heartbeat, back pain and vomit sensation.
  • Lower blood sugar level i.e. headache, hunger pranks, nausea, irritation, anxiety and so on.
  • Kidney Problems.

Common Side Effects of Bydureon May Include:

Indigestion, vomiting, constipation, headache, diarrhea, itching or small bump formation where injection was given is some of the common side effects of Bydureon. It is advised to confirm with doctor with the medicine is mixed with any other medicine.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 27, 2017

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