The link between Byetta (exenatide) and kidney failure has been highlighted by the FDA. Unfortunately, many people who were diagnosed with kidney failure after using Byetta have required extensive treatment and drugs to control their illness. These treatments typically include blood tests, urine tests, medications to control blood pressure, and more.
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Byetta and Kidney Failure
Byetta (exenatide) is a medication that treats diabetes. Studies have shown that people with diabetes have about a doubled risk of developing kidney disease. Byetta may increase this risk even further, but experts still do not know for sure. In 2009, the FDA warned that 78 cases of Byetta kidney damage were reported, including 62 cases of sudden kidney failure, and 4 deaths.
The earlier a Byetta patient with kidney failure is diagnosed and treated, the better the long-term prognosis. In clinical trials, most people who developed kidney problems while taking Byetta were switched to another medication. Unfortunately, even with swift kidney failure treatment, only about half of these people saw improvements in their symptoms (39 out of 78 patients, or 50%).
Byetta and Kidney Failure Treatment
Kidney failure treatments depend on the stage of the disease when it is diagnosed. The disease can be diagnosed and “staged” using blood tests and urine tests, which will need to continue to monitor the progression of the disease. Medications and lifestyle changes may be used to treat the middle stages of the disease. If kidney disease progresses to the end-stage (kidney failure), the patient will require either dialysis (removing the blood and cleaning it in a machine) or a kidney transplant from a healthy donor.
The National Kidney Disease Foundation has classified kidney disease treatment into 5 stages:
- Stage 1 Kidney Disease Treatment: Patients will need to have regular blood tests to check the filtration rate of their kidneys. They may need to take medications to control blood pressure, blood sugar, lose weight if necessary, exercise regularly, and keep their heart as healthy as possible.
- Stage 2 Kidney Disease Treatment: This stage involves kidney damage and mild decreased filtration of blood through the kidneys. Patients will need to continue taking blood tests and medications from Stage 1. They may also need to protect the veins in their arms for future dialysis treatment, if necessary.
- Stage 3 Kidney Disease Treatment: This stage involves kidney damage, and a moderate decrease in the blood-filtration through the kidneys. The patient may be at risk of chronic kidney disease complications — including permanent decreased kidney function.
- Stage 4 Kidney Disease Treatment: This involves kidney damage and severe decrease in blood-filtration through the kidneys. The patient may need to prepare for kidney replacement. They may also need to have a surgeon create a dialysis access point so that it will be healed by the time regular dialysis treatment is necessary.
- Stage 5 Kidney Disease Treatment: This is end-stage kidney failure. The kidneys are no longer functioning, and the patient will need dialysis (mechanical filtration of their blood) and a kidney transplant to treat kidney failure.
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