The use of Byetta (exenatide) has grown enormously in popularity in recent years. Unfortunately, the FDA has warned that Byetta is associated with dozens of life-threatening cases of kidney disease, kidney failure, and renal impairment, including 4 deaths. Patients with symptoms of kidney problems may require extensive blood tests, urine tests, and imaging tests to conclusively diagnose the disease.
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Byetta and Kidney Failure
Byetta (exenatide) is an injection “pen” medication that is used to help people with type-2 diabetes control their blood-sugar levels. Unfortunately, there is strong evidence linking Byetta to kidney failure — including a Safety Communication the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in 2009.
Byetta is a treatment for diabetes, a chronic metabolic disorder that has been linked to a doubled risk of kidney failure. It is unknown whether Byetta increases the risk of kidney failure even further. However, the FDA recommends that Byetta should not be used in patients with poor kidney function or kidney failure.
Byetta Kidney Failure Tests & Diagnosis
Byetta patients in the early stages of kidney disease may not have any symptoms or complications. The sooner kidney disease is diagnosed, the better. If the disease progresses, the kidneys may be permanently damaged. This is called chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Byetta patients with kidney failure may undergo the following tests:
- Blood pressure: This may be one of the first symptoms of kidney disease
- Blood test: The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste products from blood, such as creatine, a waste product that comes from muscles. Doctors can estimate the filtration rate by measuring the amount of creatine in your blood. A low filtration rate, or a high creatine level, may suggest kidney disease.
- Urine test: This test looks for a blood protein called albumin in the urine. Normally, healthy kidneys do not let albumin pass to the urine. If the kidneys are damaged, some albumin may pass through, and doctors can measure this to estimate how well the kidneys are functioning.
- Imaging tests: These tests provide a picture of the kidneys, which can help a doctor determine whether kidney disease is acute, chronic, or caused by a blockage. The most common types of imaging tests include abdominal ultrasound, CT scan, and abdominal X-ray.
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