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    Information about Exenatide

    Exenatide uses

    Exenatide is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

    How exenatide works

    Exenatide is an anti-diabetic medication. It works by increasing the release of insulin from pancreas, decreases hormones that raise blood sugar levels, slows down digestion, and reduces appetite.

    Common side effects of exenatide

    Nausea, Vomiting, Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level) in combination with insulin or sulphonylurea, Diarrhea
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    Dr. Anuj Saini
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    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    11 Nov 2019 | 06:15 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Exenatide

    • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If the next dose is within the next 72 hours, then skip the missed dose.
    • Store the pen in the refrigerator. When refrigeration is not possible, you can also keep your pen at room temperature (less than 30°C) for up to 2 weeks.
    • Exenatide may cause nausea. To avoid it, eat smaller meals, limit fatty food intake and stop eating when you feel full.
    • Notify your doctor immediately if you have severe and/or persistent upper abdominal pain.

    Frequently asked questions for Exenatide


    Q. 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

    Q. Is Exenatide safe?

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

    Q. 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

    Q. How does Exenatide cause pancreatitis?

    Few patients can suffer from pancreatitis

    Q. How is Exenatide administered?

    Exenatide is administered as 2 mcg subcutaneous injection once weekly

    Q. How is Exenatide metabolized?

    It is not metabolized in body and excreted unchanged in urine.

    Content on this page was last updated on 11 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)