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Bydureon Bcise

Generic name: exenatide synthetic

What is Bydureon BCise?

  • Bydureon BCise is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults and children who are 10 years of age and older with type 2 diabetes mellitus and should be used along with diet and exercise.
  • Bydureon BCise is not recommended as the first choice of medicine for treating diabetes.
  • Bydureon BCise is not for use in people with type 1 diabetes.
  • Bydureon BCise and Bydureon are long-acting forms of the medicine in Byetta (exenatide). Bydureon BCise should not be used at the same time as Byetta or Bydureon.
  • It is not known if Bydureon BCise can be used in people who have had pancreatitis.
  • It is not known if Bydureon BCise is safe and effective for use in children younger than 10 years of age.

What is the most important information I should know about Bydureon BCise?

Bydureon Bcise may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Possible thyroid tumors, including cancer. Tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In studies with rats, Bydureon and medicines that work like Bydureon caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if Bydureon BCise will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people.
  • Do not use Bydureon BCise if you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).

Who should not use Bydureon BCise?

Do not use Bydureon BCise if:

  • you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
  • you have had a severe allergic reaction to exenatide or any of the ingredients in Bydureon BCise. See below for a complete list of ingredients in Bydureon BCise. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction with Bydureon BCise may include:
    • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
    • fainting or feeling dizzy
    • problems breathing or swallowing
    • very rapid heartbeat
    • severe rash or itching
  • you have a history of low blood platelet count from using exenatide medicines (drug-induced thrombocytopenia).

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Bydureon BCise?

Before using Bydureon BCise, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have or have had problems with your pancreas or kidneys.
  • have severe problems with your stomach, such as slowed emptying of your stomach (gastroparesis) or problems with digesting food.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Bydureon BCise may harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while using Bydureon BCise. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to control your blood sugar if you plan to become pregnant or while you are pregnant.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Bydureon BCise passes into your breast milk. You should talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby while using Bydureon BCise.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Bydureon BCise may affect the way some medicines work and some medicines may affect the way Bydureon BCise works.

Before using Bydureon BCise, talk to your healthcare provider about low blood sugar and how to manage it. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:

  • other medicines to treat diabetes, including insulin or sulfonylureas.
  • a water pill (diuretic).
  • a blood pressure medicine.
  • warfarin.
  • a pain medicine.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I use Bydureon BCise?

  • Read the Instructions for Use that comes with Bydureon BCise.
  • Use Bydureon BCise exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to.
  • Bydureon BCise should be injected right away after you prepare your dose.
  • Your healthcare provider should show you how to use Bydureon BCise before you use it for the first time.
  • Caregivers should help children with mixing and injecting Bydureon BCise.
  • Bydureon BCise is injected under the skin (subcutaneously) of your stomach (abdomen), thigh, or upper arm. Do not inject Bydureon BCise into a muscle (intramuscularly) or vein (intravenously).
  • Use Bydureon BCise 1 time each week on the same day each week at any time of the day.
  • Bydureon BCise may be taken with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose of Bydureon BCise, take the missed dose as soon as possible if there are at least 3 days (72 hours) until your next scheduled dose. If there are less than 3 days remaining, skip the missed dose and take your next dose on the regularly scheduled day. Do not take 2 doses of Bydureon BCise within 3 days of each other.
  • You may change the day of the week as long as your last dose was given 3 or more days before.
  • If you use a different long acting exenatide medicine and your healthcare provider switches your medicine to Bydureon BCise, you should start using Bydureon BCise at your next scheduled dose.
  • Do not mix insulin and Bydureon BCise together in the same injection.
  • You may give an injection of Bydureon BCise and insulin in the same body area (such as, your stomach area), but not right next to each other.
  • Change (rotate) your injection site with each weekly injection. Do not use the same site for each injection.

What are the possible side effects of Bydureon BCise?

Bydureon BCise may cause serious side effects, including:

  • See "What is the most important information I should know about Bydureon BCise?"
  • inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis). Stop using Bydureon BCise and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel the pain from your abdomen to your back.
  • low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Your risk for getting low blood sugar may be higher if you use Bydureon BCise with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include:
    • dizziness or light-headedness
    • blurred vision
    • anxiety, irritability, or mood changes
    • sweating
    • slurred speech
    • hunger
    • confusion or drowsiness
    • shakiness
    • weakness
    • headache
    • fast heartbeat feeling jittery
  • kidney problems. In people who have kidney problems, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration) which may cause kidney problems to get worse. These kidney problems include kidney failure. Dialysis or a kidney transplant may be needed.
    • While taking Bydureon BCise: Call your healthcare provider right away if you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea that does not go away.
  • stomach problems. Other medicines like Bydureon BCise may cause severe stomach problems. It is not known if Bydureon BCise causes or worsens stomach problems.
  • serious allergic reactions. Stop using Bydureon BCise and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including itching, rash, or difficulty breathing. See “Who should not use Bydureon BCise?
  • low blood platelet count (drug-induced thrombocytopenia). Bydureon BCise may cause the number of platelets in your blood to be reduced. When your platelet count is too low, your body cannot form blood clots. You could have serious bleeding that could lead to death. Stop using Bydureon BCise and call your healthcare provider right away if you have unusual bleeding or bruising. Your blood platelet count may continue to be low for about 10 weeks after stopping Bydureon BCise.
  • injection-site reactions. Serious injection-site reactions, with or without bumps (nodules), have happened in some people who use Bydureon. Some of these injection-site reactions have required surgery. Call your healthcare provider if you have any symptoms of an injection-site reaction, including severe pain, swelling, blisters, an open wound, a dark scab.
  • gallbladder problems. Gallbladder problems have happened in some people who take BYDUREON. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get symptoms of gallbladder problems which may include:
    • pain in your upper stomach (abdomen)
    • yellowing of skin or eyes (jaundice)
    • fever
    • clay-colored stools

The most common side effects of Bydureon BCise may include a bump (nodule) at the injection site and nausea.

Nausea is most common when you first start using Bydureon BCise but decreases over time in most people as their body gets used to the medicine.

Talk to your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Bydureon BCise. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA1088.

General information about the safe and effective use of Bydureon BCise

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use Bydureon BCise for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give your Bydureon BCise to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.

You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Bydureon BCiseE that is written for health professionals.

How should I store Bydureon BCise?

  • Store the autoinjector flat in the refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • Each autoinjector can be kept at room temperature not to exceed 86°F (30°C) for no more than a total of 4 weeks, if needed.
  • Store in the packaging provided to protect from light until you are ready to prepare and use your dose.
  • Do not use the autoinjector past the expiration date. The expiration date is labeled EXP.
  • Keep the autoinjector clean and away from spills.

Keep Bydureon BCise and all medicines out of the reach of children.

What are the ingredients in Bydureon BCise?

Active Ingredient: exenatide

Inactive Ingredients in powder: polylactide-co-glycolide and sucrose

Inactive Ingredients in liquid (diluent): medium chain triglycerides

For more information about Bydureon BCise, go to www.BYDUREONBCISE.com or call 1-800-236-9933.

Instructions for use for Bydureon BCise

Once-weekly
Bydureon BCise
(exenatide extended-release), injectable suspension
For subcutaneous use only
Single-dose Autoinjector once weekly
2 mg

Image of Bydureon Bcise

Read the Instructions for Use before you start using Bydureon BCise.

Before using Bydureon BCise, talk to your healthcare provider about how to use it the right way. Caregivers should help children with mixing and injecting Bydureon BCise.

Before You Begin

  • The autoinjector:
    • Is a single use, fixed dose autoinjector that automatically injects your medicine.
    • Is injected 1 time per week under the skin.
    • Comes in the locked position before you use it. Do not unlock the autoinjector until you are ready to inject it.
    • Needle is hidden. You do not see it before, during, or after using the autoinjector.
  • Do not use the autoinjector if any parts look to be broken or damaged.
  • Store flat in the refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • Bydureon BCise should not be used by people who are blind or cannot see well, unless another person who is trained to use this device can help.
  • Keep the autoinjector, and all medicines, out of the reach of children.

Before Use

Parts of your Bydureon Bcise autoinjector.

Supplies needed to give your injection:

  • Bydureon BCise autoinjector
  • Alcohol swab
  • A clean, flat surface
  • Sharps container (see “disposal” instructions at the end of these instructions)

Step 1: Prepare for Injection

A. Let your autoinjector come to room temperature.

Remove 1 autoinjector from the refrigerator and rest it flat for 15 minutes.

Autoinjector can be kept at room temperature for up to 4 weeks.

15 minute wait symbol.

B. Check the expiration date (labeled EXP) printed on the autoinjector label.

Do not use the autoinjector past the expiration date. If the expiration date has passed, throw it away and get a new autoinjector.

Expiration date displayed on Bydureon BCise autoinjector.

C. Wash your hands.

D. Choose your injection site.

You can inject into your stomach, thigh, or back of the upper arm, see Figure D.

Each week you can use the same area of your body, but choose a different injection site in that area of your body.

Clean the area with an alcohol swab.

Bydureon BCise injection sites shown on image of body.

Step 2: Mix the medicine

A. Look in the window.

You may see white medicine along the sides, bottom or top. This means the medicine is not mixed evenly.

Image of medicine in window on Bydureon Bcise autoinjector.

B. Shake the autoinjector hard, in an up-and-down motion, until the medicine is mixed evenly and you do not see any white medicine along the sides, bottom or top. Shake for at least 15 seconds. The autoinjector may need to be shaken longer than 15 seconds if the autoinjector has not been correctly stored flat.

Shaking your Bydureon Bcise hard, up and down.

C. Check the mix.

Hold the autoinjector up to the light and look through both sides and the bottom of the window. If not mixed well, repeat Step 2 and check again.

White medicine showing in window means Bydureon Bcise is NOT mixed well.

Bydureon BCise is evenly mixed and cloudy is mixed well. It may have bubbles.

Stop sign image.

Do not go to the next step unless your medicine is mixed well. To get a full dose, the medicine must be mixed well and look cloudy.

If not mixed well, continue to shake hard.

Step 3: Prepare the Autoinjector

Important: After the medicine is fully mixed, you must complete the preparation steps right away, and inject to get the full dose. Do not save it to use later.

Only unlock the autoinjector when you are ready to inject

A. Unlock the autoinjector.

Hold the autoinjector up straight with the orange cap toward the ceiling. Turn the knob from the Lock to the Unlock position until you hear a click.

Turn the knob on your Bydureon BCise autoinjector from the Lock to the Unlock position until you hear a click.

Unlock symbol shown on Bydureon BCise autoinjector.

B. While still holding the autoinjector straight up, firmly unscrew the orange cap.

  • You may need to turn the cap a few times before it loosens (if you hear clicking you are turning in the wrong direction).
  • Continue holding the autoinjector upright to prevent the medicine from accidentally leaking.
  • A green shield will pop up after the cap is removed. The green shield hides the needle.

It is normal to see a few drops of liquid inside the cap. Do not recap the autoinjector.

Throw away the cap.

Hold your Bydureon BCise autoinjector upright and unscrew the cap firmly in a counterclockwise direction.

Remove the cap and a green shield will pop up to reveal a hidden needle.

Step 4: Inject the Dose

A. Inject and hold:

  • Push the autoinjector against your skin. You will hear a “click” when the injection begins.
  • Keep holding the autoinjector against the skin for 15 seconds. This is to make sure you get the full dose.

• Push the autoinjector against your skin. You will hear a “click” when the injection begins. Keep holding for 15 seconds.

B. Make sure you received your full dose.

After you receive your injection, you will see an orange rod in the window. After you lift the autoinjector from your skin, the green shield will move back up to lock over the needle. See the Common Questions and Answers for what to do if you do not see the orange rod in the window after injection.

Orange rod showing in Bydureon BCise autoinjector means you've received your full dose.

C. Disposal.

Put your used autoinjector in a FDA-cleared sharps disposal container right away after use. Do not throw away (dispose of) loose needles and syringes into your household trash. If you do not have an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, you may use a household container that is:

  • Made of heavy-duty plastic
  • Can be closed with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid that will not let sharps come out
  • Upright and stable during use
  • Leak-resistant, and
  • Properly labeled to warn of hazardous waste inside the container

Dispose of your Bydureon BCise autoinjector in a sharps container.

When your sharps disposal container is almost full, you will need to follow your community guidelines for the right way to dispose of your sharps disposal container. There may be state or local laws about how you should throw away used needles and syringes. For more information about safe sharps disposal, and for specific information about sharps disposal in the state that you live in, go to FDA’s website at: http://www.fda.gov/safesharpsdisposal.

Do not dispose of your used sharps disposal container in your household trash unless your community guidelines permit this. Do not recycle your used sharps disposal container. See “Common Questions and Answers” for additional disposal information.

Please keep these instructions to use for your next dose.

Common Questions and Answers

1. Where is the needle?

The needle is attached to the autoinjector and covered by the orange cap. When you unscrew the orange cap, the green shield keeps the needle covered until you inject. For more information, please see Figure N in Step 3B in the Instructions for Use.

2. How do I know if the medicine is fully mixed?

After shaking the autoinjector, look through both sides of the window. You should not see any white medicine along the bottom, top, or sides. If you see white medicine, it is unmixed. To mix, shake the autoinjector hard until the white medicine is no longer on the bottom, top, or sides. The medicine should look even throughout.

3. Why do I need to hold the autoinjector upright while removing the orange cap?

Holding the autoinjector with the orange cap straight up helps prevent the medicine from leaking. It is normal to see a few drops of medicine inside the orange cap after you unscrew it.

4. Why should I inject my medicine right away after mixing it?

If you do not inject your medicine right away after mixing, the medicine may separate, and you will not get your full dose. You can re-mix your medicine if your autoinjector is in the locked position. However, after you unlock it, you must complete the preparation steps right away and inject to get the full dose. You cannot save it for later use.

5. How do I know I gave myself the full dose of medicine?

To be sure you get your full dose, press and hold the autoinjector against your skin.

You will feel the needle go into your skin. Hold the needle against your skin for 15 seconds. This will allow enough time for all the medicine to go from the autoinjector to under your skin. After removing the needle, look for the orange rod in the window as a way to tell that the dose has been given. If the orange rod does not appear contact Customer Service at 1-800-236-9933.

6. Why should I store my autoinjectors flat in the refrigerator?

Autoinjectors stored vertically (with the needle up or down) are more difficult to mix. The medicine can still be fully mixed, but it will take more shaking and more time.

7. What if I do not have an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container?

Do not throw away (dispose of) the autoinjector in your household trash. If you do not have an FDAcleared sharps disposal container, you may use a household container that is:

  • Made of heavy-duty plastic
  • Can be closed with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid, that will not let sharps come out
  • Upright and stable during use
  • Leak-resistant
  • Properly labeled to warn of hazardous waste inside the container

When your sharps disposal container is almost full, you will need to follow your community guidelines for the right way to dispose of your sharps disposal container. There may be state or local laws about how you should throw away used needles and autoinjectors.

For more information about safe sharps disposal, and for specific information about sharps disposal in the state you live in, go to the FDA’s website at: http://www.fda.gov/safesharpsdisposal.

8. What if I cannot unlock the autoinjector?

Review the Instructions for Use Step 3 to make sure you are following the right instructions, then contact Customer Service, 1-800-236-9933 for help as needed. Do not try to unlock with excessive force or tools.

9. What if I cannot remove the orange cap from the autoinjector?

Review the Instructions for Use Step 3 to make sure you are following the right instructions. You should also check that the knob is fully in the unlocked position, then contact Customer Service, 1-800-236-9933 for help as needed. Do not use tools or try to force the cap off.

10. For other questions about Bydureon BCise:

Visit www.BydureonBCise.com.

Call Customer Service at 1-800-236-9933.

How to Store Bydureon BCise Autoinjector

  • Store the autoinjector flat in the refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • Each autoinjector can be kept at room temperature not to exceed 86°F (30°C) for no more than a total of 4 weeks, if needed.
  • Store in the packaging provided to protect from light until you are ready to prepare and use your dose.
  • Do not use the autoinjector past the expiration date. The expiration date is labeled EXP.
  • Keep the autoinjector clean and away from spills.

Instructions for use revised 07/2021.

Source: Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Last updated June 10, 2022.