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Exenatide is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

How it works

Exenatide increases the amount of insulin released by the pancreas, which in turn lowers the blood glucose levels.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Headache, Dizziness, Nausea, Diarrhoea, Loss of appetite, Dyspepsia, Fall in blood sugar level

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Expert advice

  • Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with a proper diet alone or a diet along with exercise. A planned diet and exercising are always important when you have diabetes, even when you are taking antidiabetic medicines. 
  • It should be injected under the skin and not into the veins or muscles.
  • Exenatide does not help patients who have type 1 diabetes. 
  • Use this medicine at any time within  60 minutes before your meal. 
  • Do not use this medicine after your meal. 
  • If you have severe problem with slow stomach emptying (gastroparesis) or food digestion, then the use of this medicine is not recommended. 

Frequently asked questions



Is exenatide insulin?
Exenatide is not insulin. Exenatide is synthetic version of exendin-4 (a hormone) and works by stimulating pancreatic beta-cells to secrete insulin when blood sugar levels are high


Is exenatide safe?
Exenatide is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor


Does exenatide cause hypoglycemia?
Exenatide itself does not cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), but may cause low blood sugar when taken with other antidiabetic medicines

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How does exenatide cause pancreatitis?
Few patients can suffer from pancreatitis


How is exenatide administered?
Exenatide is administered as 2 mcg subcutaneous injection once weekly


How is exenatide metabolized?
It is not metabolized in body and excreted unchanged in urine.

Content on this page was last updated on 22 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)