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Byetta for Weight Loss Only Test

A detailed look at taking Byetta for weight loss. Will it work for the sole purpose of weight loss only? Perhaps my 45 day trial as a non-diabetic, detailed here in this blog, will give us some answers.

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Definitely No More Byetta for Me.....

Wed, 05 May 2010 18:35:00 +0000

I just wanted to post an update that I haven't seemed to have suffered many ill effects from taking Byetta, as soon as I stopped it. I mainly gained bck all the weight I lost from it, but that's about it. :p It's still sitting in my fridge, all lonesome...I'll probably toss it out and put it out of its misery, since you're supposed to use it up all at once or chuck it after a short period of time. Seems a shame, since they charge so much money for it, but...that's the way it goes!

In the meantime, I've engaged in a raw food diet, in which I lost a little more weight on. You can either click on the link to the right or go straight to:

Only if you're curious! :)

For all you other Byetta users out there, I hope it works well for you, and if it doesn't, keep on trying to find something that works, and don't give up!

Having to Stop Byetta

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:46:00 +0000

Over the past couple of days, I've experienced misery to the point that it has become necessary for me to stop taking Byetta...starting today! The reasons for this are mainly from side effects that I have been experiencing, in which I simply cannot perform my daily functions anymore.

The nausea, fatigue, headaches, and aching in my back have taken its toll, and I'm crying, "UNCLE!" I'm not the type of person to give up, but when I'm feeling so sick that I cannot work, take care of my family, get out of bed or do or go anywhere...I know that's when I need to throw in the towel. I was really curious about this stuff and was hoping for great results, but I'm not going to sacrifice my total quality of life over it. The past couple of days have been shot, as I took the morning doses (could not take the evening doses, as I still felt terrible later in the day) and subsequently ended up bed-ridden from all the terrible sick symptoms. Ugh!

What's strange is that these symptoms primarily only started a couple of days ago. Variations in the timing of eating after the shot (say, five minutes vs. waiting closer to an hour) wasn't doing me much good, and the nausea was overwhelming. Most of the time during these past two days, I truly thought I was going to have to crawl to the toilet in misery and puke my guts out.

The back aching started a couple of days ago, as well. Despite drinking lots of water, my urine was getting to be a darker yellow, which was really concerning. I started feeling so tired and achy that I literally could sleep all day, and still feel like crap. The last time I gave myself the shot in the abdomen, it hurt REALLY badly - like a terrible burning sensation.

Overall, I am thankful for the 6 lbs of weight loss in 12 days, but I think I'm done. Hopefully, I can keep my appetite down and resume exercising and eating healthy, and I will not suffer anymore side effects. So far, I feel 100000000% times better by simply stopping the dosage, so I feel pretty positive that I'll be back to my old self (hopefully still minus those 6 lbs!) in no time.

Much luck to everyone who is on Byetta, and may it work much better for you!

Comments are welcome and good luck!

Day 12

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 14:44:00 +0000

OK...according to yesterday's weigh-in, I've lost around 6 pounds. That being said, I have been horribly sick and nauseous the past couple of days. It started the night before last, and thinking it was just a fluke (or because I ate a leafy green salad for dinner after that shot - lettuce after taking Byetta makes me soooooo ill, for sme reason, so I'm finding out....), I tried it again yesterday morning.


I was super-ill all morning long (to the point that I just had to crawl in bed and stay there - uuuuugh!), and only got a chance to catch my second wind around 1-2 pm. I am also feeling a lot of fatigue. My day was shot. You can betcha that I didn't take the night dose. Last night, I was getting super hungry, and I ended up eating a larger meal than I've had in a long time (bummer) - all thanks to not taking my dose. I decided that I would try again once more the next morning, and if it make me super sick again, then I'm going to have to formulate plan B, or simply stop taking it.

And...well, here I am, feeling sicker than a dog again after my shot. It's not pleasant. I don't know what I would have done if I was at a normal workplace, because I simply can't function this way. Looks like today is going to be a repeat of yesterday (I'm sitting in bed right now, wanting to BARF), and I've got a thousand things to do, in addition to catching up from yesterday. Grrr.

I'm not sure that I understand exactly why I am suddenly feeling this ill from it, when I was doing so good earlier, so I'm a bit frustrated.

Day 10

Sun, 07 Mar 2010 22:32:00 +0000

So...I got out my least favorite item in my house - my scale - and did an official weigh-in yesterday, Day Nine. 5 lbs lost so far! Not horribly drastic, but certainly significant and encouraging - at least, for me. I'm presuming most of it is water weight, but considering that I was practically killing myself with exercise earlier this year without so much as one pound of weight loss (including cutting back on what I ate), this is a pretty big deal for me. No ticker tape parades needed, but I'm fairly stoked. This is weight loss so far WITHOUT any type of exercise, which I plan on incorporating back into my schedule very soon. I'm hoping once I do, that it'll somewhat accelerate my results. Right now, I'm taking it nice and easy, to make sure my body is well adjusted to this stuff before I try to overdo it.I'm not going to assume that I will lose more or less than 5 lbs a week (that's pretty drastic, actually), so I'm going to sit back and take this all in stride, and let 'er ride. :)Byetta has definitely decreased my appetite, although I do make sure to eat 3 squares a day - they're just smaller squares. I DO have to remind myself to eat, however. I'm guessing that I actually consume around 1000 - 1100 calories per day, sometimes a little less. This is cutting a few hundred calories a day for me (I was probably eating around 1400-1500 calories a day, which doesn't sound like much, but it certainly wasn't small enough to force the scale to budge, I guess).I had a brief craving for wine last night (didn't end up having any) - but I think that was spurned by the fact that my mother-in-law visited us all day yesterday, and it exhausted me. ;) Once she left, I crawled into my bathtub full of scented bubbles to relax, and it just sounded sooooooo good right then with the hot bath. The feeling passed quickly, however...and the bath provided all the relaxation I needed for last night. Prior to beginning this exeriment, it had been a while since I had a glass. I do love a glass of wine some days, but I also know that alcohol slows the metabolism...and since I'm focusing a lot of energy on becoming healthier, I'm going to hold off on that as much as possible (plus, I'm not sure how well alcohol is tolerated or digested while being on Byetta - I'm a little afraid to test it, as I don't want to make myself sick!). It'll taste that much better in celibrating once I get closer (or meet!) my goal weight, anyhow. :DI understand that Byetta is supposed to be a medication for diabetics, and having some diabetic issues myself in my life (I had gestational diabetes with both my pregnancies - the first one wasn't so bad, but 4 years later when I became preggo with my 2nd, it was WAY worse), I'm trying to figure out how Byetta truly helps. Yes, I understand that it should help lower blood sugar levels in conjunction with other diabetes medication...and yes, I understand that diabetes is very common in overweight individuals, some of which would benefit from the weight loss (and actually "cure" their diabetes in doing so). My point is, however, that it curbs your appetite so much that you don't end up eating very much, which seems to be counterintuitive for diabetics in the here and now.When I had gestational diabetes, I had to eat every couple of hours (in addition to eating lower carb/lower glycemic) to try and keep my blood sugar levels stable. Going longer periods of time between meals made my numbers go wild. Eating often (not OVEReating, but eating more frequently) is recommended for normal diabetics with Type II diabetes. I can't imagine trying to do that on this medication. I feel so full from even the tiniest of meals, and I get the feeling that if I tried to eat (even miniscule amounts) every couple of hours or so, I'd be pretty damn sick/nauseous. My body simply does NOT want it, and the food just sits there in my stomach for a long period of time.Maybe this is just my experience, and certainly there may be others out there w[...]

Day Seven

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 18:17:00 +0000

This is my seventh day on Byetta, and so far, so good. Well...for the most part, anyhow. For some reason, I seem to be having some minor issues with the Byetta dispenser "pen". For one, it's starting to hurt more each time. I don't jab myself in the same spot or anything like that (mainly my abdomen, alternating sides each time), but I'm still wondering if it's a goofy psychological reaction - kind of an anticipation thing built up in my head, making it worse. Every time I stick myself, I feel it go in, now. It's not bad, and it's tolerable. It's not enough to make me jump or twitch or yelp in pain, but I do feel it. I probably just don't like the feeling and like to whine about it. :D Another very small issue is that I sometimes bleed a little (we're talking miniscule). Again - not a biggie, but it's annoying. I watch it carefully, but if I wasn't paying too much attention and was wearing a white shirt...well, you know what I may be a little noticable. Very, very minor, however.The bigger thing I've noticed is, however, that some of the medicine seems to ooze back out after I inject myself about half of the time. Upon closer inspection of the tip of the needle, I notice that a very tiny drop is on the end of it during these times, as well. I don't know exactly how much or how big the drops are supposed to be going in while you're subcutaneously injecting yourself, but even these small amounts of "ooze" or drippings rather concern me. This is starting to happen about every other time I do the injections. I change the needle out every time I do an injection, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, here. At first, I figured I wasn't leaving it "in" my skin/fat roll (UGH!) long enough, so instead of counting to five while it's in, I counted to 10 before removing. No difference. So...your guess is as good as mine. Maybe it's normal, and nothing to worry about. It doesn't seem to affect my appetite suppression, so I dunno. I'm assuming that I'm getting enough of the medication despite what it looks like, since it still continues to feel the same, overall.Speaking of appetite suppression, I have to say...this stuff certainly does the trick. I am simply NOT hungry, ALL day. In fact, last night I was so tired and so not hungry, that I skipped the night dose. I ate two tiny meals earlier in the day (about 6-7 hours apart), and before I knew it, I was looking at the clock at almost 9 pm and realizing that I never ate dinner. Or any snacks. Nuttin'. I simply never thought about it. I then ate two small hard boiled eggs, since I figured I could probably use some protein. Although I had planned on eating something more, I couldn't eat another bite after that - I was DONE.It's definitely a strange deal on this stuff. I still feel "full" all the time, and can tell that the food just sits on my stomach for hours. Despite eating waaaaaay less food lately, I haven't noticed any drop in energy levels. In fact, some days I have energy through the roof. I DO like the fact that I "forget" about meals. Not that I necessarily WANT to skip them or starve myself, but it makes it SO much easier to "not have to think about it" when you're counting calories or watching what you eat because you have ZERO desire for food. I don't have to count calories, because quite frankly, I can't possibly eat very much at a time without quickly starting to feel overfull. Again - I'm not an overeater to begin with, but I'm imagining that if I WERE one, this would stop that dead in its tracks.It's not too bad, but I do get a bit of acid here and there. I don't take any Tums or medicines for it, however...but it's only vaguely annoying (I never have problems with that to begin with, so that's probably the only reason why it's standing out right now for me).I don't get much nausea of any capacity anymore, which has been great. Everything else seems to be going great, and I am looking forward to losing more weight [...]

My Journey - Starting on Byetta

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 21:25:00 +0000

Byetta has been a drug on the market for several years now, normally prescribed for Type II diabetics in conjunction with other diabetes medication(s). One of the heavily promoted benefits touted by its makers is a side effect of weight loss, which has intrigued people who are not diagnosed with diabetes, but who are struggling with their weight. Does it work by itself? Does it work for non-diabetics? In doing some research about this drug, I could only find one study completed with this drug that involved obese non-diabetics.I am a 32 year old obese and insulin-resistant, pre-diabetic woman (about 50 pounds overweight). I am not officially diagnosed with diabetes, although many doctors I have seen love this drug for its weight loss effects. So...I figure...why not check it out and see if it's all that it's cracked up to be? I am hoping that my findings on this, good or bad, will be helpful for others in deciding whether or not Byetta is a right choice for them.I am NOT affiliated in any way, shape, or form with Byetta, the makers of Byetta, etc...with this site or outside of this site. I am a geniune person, who is interested in: 1) losing weight (obviously) to be a healthier person; and 2) seeing if Byetta is truly "all that" and the wonder drug some doctors promote it to be.In being overweight, I obviously struggle with my weight. I do not overeat, I try to eat lower glycemic foods, I am vegetarian, and I have exercised my BUTT off to make the scale budge. It hasn't...not one pound. As a teenager and in my early twenties, I was a small size (just under most size 4s) and weighed 110 lbs at 5'4". I gained weight suddenly (40+ lbs in under six months) several years back, of which I'll blog more about in greater detail later, no doubt. I am hoping that Byetta will jump start some weight loss and retrain my body to let go of some friggin' FAT. :) I try my best to drink 100 oz of water daily, and plan on doing so throughout my experiment. I am not drinking any alcohol, and my caffeine intake is limited to 1-2 cups a day of coffee. No sodas, diet sodas, juice, milk, or any other liquids except water (mostly from my reverse-osmosis filter tank, which I LOVE). I might try to cut out caffeine again at some point during this "trial", but I have noticed that my weight doesn't budge whether or not I am on a little caffeine (so long as it's in moderation), so I figure I probably won't sweat it.I have already started on this a few days ago, so I will post my results below:DAY ONEI get the pen out and get it ready, grab a roll from my abdomen (uuughhh), and then freeze in fear, staring at the needle. I’m petrified that this is going to hurt in some way, and I keep hovering the needle above my skin, trying to convince myself that it’s going to be OK, and then freak out. It’s completely ridiculous. My husband enters the room and asks what the problem is, and I tell him that I’m a wuss.Don’t get me wrong, the needle is TINY. I’ve had to prick my fingers before to test blood sugars after meals, and I have to say that those are WAY worse and by far much more painful than this. I think it was just the IDEA of sticking myself, so I made my husband stick me. :D He was rolling his eyes – kept asking how on earth I got through two major surgeries the past year (will blog more on that later) and yet I’m scared of this tiny little bit o’ nothing.I couldn’t even feel it, so no, it does NOT hurt.I waited about 45+ minutes after the shot to eat. All I ate was a moderately sized leafy green salad with veggies and a pinch of homemade dressing (very low fat), and a teeny tiny pinch of shredded cheese. By the time I ate, I was starting to feel really nauseous, and once I started eating, the nausea went away. Briefly.The rest of the night before bed, I was feeling pretty sick and wondering what on earth I was doing to myself. The nausea was pretty bad, but there again, I[...]