Non-insulin injectable medications may be used by people with type 2 diabetes. Incretin mimetics are a class of medication given by injection, but they are not insulin. They mimic the effect of the body’s own ‘incretin hormones’ which help to manage blood glucose levels after meals.
Points to remember about incretin mimetics
- Exenatide is not recommended for people with severe gastrointestinal disease or severe kidney disease.
- Allergic reactions may occur in some people.
- Exenatide should not be used in pregnancy. It should not be used when breastfeeding as it is unknown whether it passes into breast milk.