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How do I take/use this medicine?
Use Exenatide exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not inject more or less Exenatide than instructed by your doctor.
Exenatide should be injected subcutaneously (under the skin). You may inject it at any time within 60 minutes before a main meal.
DO NOT inject Exenatide after a meal.
Exenatide must be injected regularly for it to work well. Do not stop using it unless instructed by your doctor. Your condition may worsen if Exenatide is stopped suddenly.
How to inject Exenatide:
1. Prepare your Exenatide Injection Pen as instructed by your doctor or nurse.
2. Attach the needle to the injection pen. Ensure that the needle is screwed on securely.
3. Dial the correct dose.
4. Swab the injection area with alcohol.
5. Hold your injection pen with your thumb over the injection button.
6. Press the injection pen against your body using the subcutaneous (under the skin) injection method.
7. Use your thumb to push the injection button until it stops. Continue to hold the injection button in that position while slowly counting to 5 to get a full dose.
8. Withdraw the injection pen from your body.
9. Remove the needle from the pen. Never store the injection pen with the needle attached.
10. Reset your pen as instructed by your healthcare provider.
11. Throw away the used needle. Recap your pen and store below 25 degrees Celsius.
12. Use a new needle for each injection.
Do not share your Exenatide injection with anyone else.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- kidney disease or if you previously had a kidney transplant
- disease of the pancreas
- high level of fats in the blood
- stomach problems such as indigestion or delayed emptying of your stomach contents
Alert your doctor if you regularly drink alcohol, especially if you drink a lot.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Exenatide.
Do not breastfeed while being treated with Exenatide.
When should I not use this medicine?
Exenatide may not be suitable for you if you suffer from hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar).
Do not use Exenatide if you suffer from type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis (a condition where there is high blood sugar levels together with presence of ketones in the urine).
Do not inject Exenatide intravenously (into a vein) or intramuscularly (into a muscle).
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Exenatide is used together with other medicines to treat type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition where your body is unable to produce enough insulin to control your blood sugar levels.
Exenatide helps to treat your diabetes by increasing your body's ability to produce insulin. Exenatide helps to keep your blood sugar in control.
Exenatide is meant to be used as part of a complete diabetes management programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet, weight control, foot care, eye care, dental care and regular monitoring of blood sugar.
What side effects could I experience?
Exenatide may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Common side effects of Exenatide include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, headache, indigestion, excessive sweating and feeling jittery or nervous. There may also be mild irritation, pain or redness at the injection site.
You may also experience hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) especially if you are using Exenatide together with oral anti-diabetic medications such as Metformin, Glipizide, Gliclazide and related medicines.
The symptoms of hypoglycaemia are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, shaky hands, palpitations, sweating, feeling hungry, weak, confused, irritable or having problems speaking. These symptoms are your body's way of warning you that your blood sugar is dangerously low. You should take a drink or food containing sugar (for example, fruit juice, soft drinks, sweets) at the first sign of hypoglycaemia. If your symptoms do not improve, get medical help. Always carry some glucose tablets (also known as dextrose tablets) with you at all times. As hypoglycaemia may also affect your ability to concentrate and react, you should exercise caution when driving or if you are using any machines.
Other side effects are less common but may be serious. You may need medical attention. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
- unexplained and persistent severe pain in the stomach area (with or without vomiting)
- severe, rapid or unexplained weight loss
- changes in urine colour or frequency, persistent lower back ache
Alert your doctor if you develop any other side effects
Always inform your family and close friends that you have diabetes so that they know how to help you in an emergency.
How should I store this medicine?
If you have not yet opened it, store Exenatide in the refrigerator between 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.
Once you have opened it, store Exenatide at room temperature (below 25 degree Celsius) away from direct sunlight. It will expire after 30 days. Throw away any remaining injection solution, even if the injection pen is not empty.
Do NOT freeze Exenatide. Once frozen, Exenatide should not be used. It should be thrown away.
Do not use Exenatide if it has changed colour, become cloudy or if you notice particles floating in the solution.
Keep all medicines away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- oral anti-diabetic medicines
- blood-thinners such as warfarin
- gastric ulcer medicines such as omeprazole, lansoprazole, esomeprazole, pantoprazole
- birth control pills
- blood pressure medicines
- water retention pills (also known as "water pills" or diuretics)
- cholesterol medicines such as lovastatin
- painkillers known as NSAIDs such as aspirin, diclofenac, naproxen and related medicines
Always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.