Kidney failure complications are a severe side effect of Byetta (exenatide). Some of the most serious kidney failure complications include heart problems, infection, permanent kidney problems, life-long need for dialysis (mechanical cleaning of the blood), kidney transplant, or even death. Nearly 80 incidents of kidney failure were reported to the FDA by 2009, including 4 deaths.
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Byetta and Kidney Failure Complications
Byetta (exenatide) is a diabetic medication that is associated with acute kidney failure and renal insufficiency (decreased kidney function). These complications occur when the kidneys are suddenly unable to filer waste products from the blood, which can cause dangerous levels of waste and fluid to accumulate in the body. It can also cause a chemical imbalance of salt and minerals in the blood.
Byetta patients may be at risk of kidney failure complications, including:
- Anemia: Healthy kidneys produce a hormone that stimulates bone marrow to produce red blood cells, which carry oxygen in the body. Damaged kidneys may fail to produce red blood cells, causing anemia.
- Fluid buildup: If the kidneys do not remove excess fluid from the bloodstream, fluid may build up in the chest. This can cause shortness of breath.
- Chest pain: This serious Byetta kidney failure complication may be a symptom of fluid retention, infective endocarditis, or another serious medical condition.
- High blood pressure: The kidneys produce an enzyme called renin, which helps regulate arterial blood pressure. If the kidneys are not producing renin, blood pressure can rise significantly. This can damage blood vessels and cause even more kidney damage.
- Muscle weakness: This can occur due to electrolyte imbalances or high potassium levels (hyperkalemia).
- Permanent kidney damage
- Dialysis: If the kidneys are permanently damaged, the patient may need to have their blood mechanically cleaned at a dialysis clinic.
- Kidney transplant: This procedure replaces a damaged kidney with a healthy kidney from another person. People with a kidney transplant require lifelong follow-up care and medications.
- Infective endocarditis: This is a life-threatening bacterial infection of the lining of the heart. It is far more likely to occur in dialysis and kidney transplant patients.
- Death: At least 4 deaths have been attributed to kidney failure complications associated with Byetta.
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