Medication information

Bydureon 2mg/0.65mL inj.pen la

This medication is typically used to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Even though you may not feel its effects, this medication takes effect within a few hours.

Instructions

This product must be injected under the skin (subcutaneously), according to the technique you were shown. Be sure to choose a different injection site each time.

This medication is typically used only once a week. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Use it regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects.

It must be used regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects. Be sure to keep an adequate supply on hand. Like all individuals with diabetes, you should monitor your blood sugar levels regularly using the appropriate device.

Dispose of used syringes and needles safely. Your pharmacist can tell you the best way to do this. If you remember missing a dose within 3 days of the time it is usually taken, the injection should be administered as soon as possible, then continue with the next scheduled dose as planned. If the dose is missed by more than 3 days, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Do not double the next dose to catch up.

In order not to cause hypoglycemia, avoid excessive alcohol consumption.

Side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause headaches;
  • it may cause diarrhea;
  • it may cause indigestion;
  • it may cause nausea or, rarely, vomiting;
  • it may cause redness and swelling at the injection site;
  • it may cause low blood sugar levels, which could make you feel dizzy, shaky or weak.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

Before mixing the powder with the liquid, keep this medication in the refrigerator. You can keep it at room temperature for 4 weeks. After mixing, it should be used immediately. Take care it does not freeze and keep it away from light.

Additional Information

Taking this medication during pregnancy may be harmful for the baby. Women of childbearing potential should use an effective contraceptive method.

General notes

It is important to tell the health professionals you consult:

  • if you have a history of any other medical condition, whether you smoke and for women, if you are or want to become pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • if you have allergies to any medications or any other allergies (e.g. to food, latex, etc.);
  • all medications you are taking, prescription and non-prescription, including vitamins and natural products and supplements.