I am on four diabetes medications: Glyset, Starlix, Januvia, and Byetta. That is about $140 a month in co-pays for my diabetes medications alone, and since I am on 17 medications all told, it adds up fast. But as to the Byetta: I have had no problems with it. It’s helped my morning numbers go down a bit, but they were nearly OK to begin with. I prefer to have extremely tight controls. My last A1c was 5.2. The one before that was 5.1, and that was without being on Byetta. So has it made a difference? Yes, in terms of getting my morning numbers down by about ten points, and in terms of helping me lose a little more weight, which I have now gained back in the form of retained fluid, which my nephrologist wants. I have high blood pressure and am on five medications for that, but I am still supposed to eat salty food so that I retain fluid.
I have not been on insulin except for one day when I had to have surgery seven years ago, and couldn’t take my oral medications. I intend to stay off insulin for as long as I can.