IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: POSSIBLE THYROID TUMORS, INCLUDING CANCER:
In animal studies, BYDUREON caused rats to develop tumors of the thyroid gland. Some of these tumors were cancer. It is not known if BYDUREON causes thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) in people. Do not take BYDUREON if you or any of your family members have MTC or if you have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2. While taking BYDUREON, tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer.
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If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or have been living with it for some time, you’re not alone. The fact is that millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk.1
The most common form of diabetes is type 2, a condition where your body does not produce enough insulin or can no longer use insulin the right way. Insulin is needed to convert sugar and starches in your food into blood sugar, which provides the energy needed for daily life.
The body produces certain hormones in the gut that play an important role in regulating these sugar levels in the blood. These "gut hormones" react to high blood sugar levels by signaling the pancreas to begin producing insulin. In people with type 2 diabetes, these hormones do not work properly.
Fortunately, small changes in your life can make a difference in the management of your type 2 diabetes. The first and most important thing to do is to take the first steps to keep your blood sugar levels under control, and breaking those steps down into small, manageable chunks may make changes easier.
The foundation of managing type 2 diabetes includes:
You can enroll in the BYDUREON Steady Support Program to receive ongoing tips and information about managing type 2 diabetes.
BYDUREON is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, and should be used along with diet and exercise. BYDUREON is not recommended as the first medication to treat diabetes.
BYDUREON is a long-acting form of the medication in BYETTA® (exenatide) injection so both drugs should not be used together. BYDUREON is not a substitute for insulin and has not been studied in combination with insulin. BYDUREON is not for people with type 1 diabetes or people with diabetic ketoacidosis (a condition caused by very high blood sugar). BYDUREON is not recommended for use in children. It is not known if BYDUREON is safe and effective in people with a history of pancreatitis or severe kidney problems.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
|1.||Diabetes Basics: Type 2. American Diabetes Association. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-2/?loc=DropDownDB-type2. Accessed December 3, 2012.|
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