• carmen July 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    very insightful i just started taking Byetta but after reading this not sure if I want to continue. But as you said it basically has the same side effect as all the other meds so my question is, am I better off taking meds or having my sugar level high? I honestly felt ok I went to doc one day and was told I was diabetic gave me Janumet and to me that was the worst I coughed for a whole year and when I say cough it was very bad, to the point that I would vomit.

    • admin July 26, 2010 at 8:47 am

      Hi Carmen, I wish I could provide a more definitive answer to your question, but the answer really needs to come out of an open and frank discussion with your physician regarding the pros and cons of taking a prescription medication for diabetes (and which one), or not. Unfortunately, it's not always a straightforward answer… Regarding Byetta, I would certainly discuss the risks for side effects with your doctor, and be mindful of any side effects you may be experiencing.

  • Christine D September 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I am posting this on behalf of my sister. She was recently diagnosed with serious lung ailments we believe may be caused by Byetta. After a biopsy, she was diagnosed with Hypersensitivity pneumonitis and several other serious lung ailments. Her doctors are baffled. Her symptoms were a very bad cough that began soon after starting the medication, a reaction akin to a bee bite at the injection site that cleared up after changing needle size, fatigue and weight loss.

    The reason we believe it is linked to the Byetta is due to the timing of her symptoms and finding mention of Hypersensitivity pneumonitis on the Byetta website under Adverse Reactions.

    I think further study of this drug is needed!

    • admin September 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

      Hi Christine, Thank you for sharing what’s going on with your sister. Byetta has been linked to some pretty serious side effects, and there are currently some Byetta lawsuits going on. I’ve sent you an email with some more information (check your spam folder in case it may have been filtered!); there is more Byetta information on our website, as well as a claim form to submit for a lawyer to review the details of your sister’s case. I truly wish your sister renewed health and a speedy recovery.

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