What is BYDUREON used for?
BYDUREON along with diet and exercise is used to improve control of blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes.
BYDUREON can be used:
- alone, if you cannot take metformin,
- in combination with these drugs. The combination is used when these drugs no longer provide enough control of blood sugar levels on their own.
- a sulfonylurea (SU)
- metformin and an SU
- basal insulin
- basal insulin and metformin
How does BYDUREON work?
BYDUREON helps your body release more insulin when your blood sugar is high. This helps to improve your blood sugar control.
What are the ingredients in BYDUREON?
Medicinal ingredients: extended release exenatide
Non-medicinal ingredients: carboxymethylcellulose sodium, dibasic sodium phosphate heptahydrate, monobasic sodium phosphate monohydrate, poly (D,L-lactide-co-glycolide), polysorbate 20, sodium chloride, sucrose, water for injection.
BYDUREON is supplied as:
A kit which contains:
• 4 single dose pens
• One extra needle (23 gauge, 9/32”)
• Patient Medication Information
• Instructions for Use
Each pen contains:
• 2 mg exenatide (as a white to off-white powder) in the front chamber of the pen injector
• Diluent in the rear chamber of the injector pen. It delivers 0.65 mL after reconstitution.
• One injection needle (23 gauge, 9/32″)
Do not use BYDUREON if you:
• are allergic to exenatide or to any of the ingredients in this drug.
• have severe kidney disease or are on dialysis.
• have diabetic ketoacidosis. This is an accumulation of ketones in the blood and urine.
• have type 1 diabetes.
• are pregnant or planning to have a baby. It is not known if BYDUREON will harm your unborn baby. Women who can have children should use effective means of birth control while they are taking BYDUREON. Stop BYDUREON at least 3 months before planning to become pregnant.
• are under 18 years old.
To help avoid side effects and ensure proper use, talk to your healthcare professional before you take BYDUREON. Talk about any health conditions or problems you may have, including if you:
• are taking other drugs to control blood sugar.
• are taking a blood thinner such as warfarin.
• have a high heart rate (fast pulse).
• have a condition called heart block.
• have any heart disease, such as angina, history of a heart attack, or heart rhythm disturbances.
• have severe problems with your stomach (gastroparesis) or food digestion. BYDUREON slows the emptying of your stomach so food passes more slowly.
• have severe vomiting and/or diarrhea and/or dehydration.
• have a history of problems with your pancreas, stones in your gallbladder (gallstones), alcohol abuse, or high levels of fat in your blood.
• have kidney problems or a kidney transplant.
• are breast feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BYDUREON passes into breast milk.
• are over 65 years old.