My A1C went from 11 to 6 is 3 months (to be fair, the 6 was even high, because I had only been on Byetta for 2 months when I took my 2nd A1C). I have anxiety issues and the first few weeks on the 5mg were miserable. I felt sick, clammy, panicky, and anxious about 5 minutes after getting the shot, but my blood sugar was extremely stable. After the first month I went to the 10mg Byetta and had the same sick feelings for about 2 weeks. I almost stopped because the side effects were so bad. Now that my body has adjusted, I would never go back. I was newly diagnosed with type 2 and had a blood glucose of over 400 when I went to the Dr.! My blood sugar has (at it's highest) been 147 with usual readings of 90 - 105. With the Glucuphage alone that I took for a month my blood sugars were still in the 200's no matter what I ate. If this drug continues to work like it has, I think I can find having type to as more of a minor inconvenience than something that will cause any other serious problems to my health brought on by diabetes. It is expensive so I am lucky to have good health insurance, but I'm sure it saves my insurance company more than it would if they had to pay for complications from me letting my diabetes out of control.
North Branch, MN