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What bad reaction did you have to the Byetta?
There are a couple of options that are similar to Byetta. The Byetta works by acting like a naturally occurring hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). There is another medicine that works by a similar mechanism, called Victoza. There also are medicines that work by blocking the body's breakdown of GLP-1, so that your own GLP-1 can be more active. There are two medicines that are available in this class - Januvia and Onglyza.
Unfortunately, most of the medicines used for diabetes tend to contribute to weight gain. All four of the medicines that work via increasing activity of GLP-1 share the characteristic that they tend to help with weight loss, although the Byetta and Victoza are more potent in helping lose weight. If, though, the bad reaction to Byetta raises concern about using Victoza, then it would be worth considering the Januvia or Onglyza.
I TRIED JANUVIA . IT CAUSEDME TO HAVE A FEELING OF PRESSURE IN MY CHEST(I HAVE A PACEMAKER0. I ONLY TOOK TWO DOSES OF THAT MEDICATION.
MY ALLERGIES ARE: ASPRIN PENICILLEN AND SULFA DRUGS
Then the only other consideration as an alternative to Byetta that may help with weight loss would be the Victoza.