The FDA has released a new warning regarding the possible risk of kidney problems in patients taking Byetta, a drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes. Between April 2005 and October 2008, the FDA received 78 reports of kidney problems in Byetta users.
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Byetta Kidney Side Effects
Manufactured by Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Co., Byetta (exenatide) is a popular Type 2 diabetes drug that helps control blood sugar levels when combined with diet and exercise. Administered through an injection, Byetta helps the pancreas produce insulin more efficiently.
Between April 2005 and Sept. 2008, nearly 7 million diabetics were prescribed Byetta to control blood sugar levels. The 78 reports of Byetta kidney side effects represent a small percentage of the total number of patients using the drug. However, 62 of these reports indicated renal failure, which can result in serious injury and even death.
The most common Byetta side effects include vomiting and diarrhea. According to the FDA, these side effects may have contributed to the development of altered kidney function in Byetta users. Malfunctioning kidneys can cause a build-up of waste products in the blood, which can lead to serious illness or death.
Symptoms of Byetta Kidney Problems
According to the FDA, Byetta users should be on alert for the following symptoms, which may indicate kidney problems:
- Changes in urine color
- Changes in frequency of urination
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swelling of the hands or feet
- Aching in the mid to lower back
Byetta users experiencing any of the above symptoms should speak with their doctor immediately.
Byetta Label Changed to Highlight Kidney Problem Risk
The FDA indicates that the Byetta prescription label will be changed to highlight the risk of kidney problems. Specifically, the new Byetta warning label will include the following:
- Additional information about post-marketing studies of kidney failure in Byetta users, highlighting that the drug should not be used in those with serious renal impairment or end-state kidney disease.
- Recommendations that doctors exercise caution when starting or increasing doses of Byetta in patients with moderate renal problems.
- Suggestions that doctors closely monitor Byetta patients for the development of kidney dysfunction.
A new Byetta Medication Guide will also be provided to ensure users understand the benefits and risks of Byetta.
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