Last update Dec. 20, 2021

Exenatide

Compatible

Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

Exenatide is an incretin hormone analog used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Subcutaneous administration every 12 or 24 hours.

Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.

Its pharmacokinetic data (high molecular weight, large volume of distribution and and short half life) make it very unlikely that significant amounts will pass into breast milk. (Serrano 2014)

Due to its protein nature, it deteriorates in the gastrointestinal tract, not being absorbed (Serrano 2014). This low oral bioavailability would make it difficult for it to pass to the infant’s plasma ingesting breast milk, except in preterm infants and in the immediate neonatal period when there may be increased intestinal permeability.

Diet, exercise, and breastfeeding improve blood sugar levels.


See below the information of this related product:

  • Maternal Diabetes mellitus (Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.)

Alternatives

  • Acarbose (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)
  • Glibenclamide (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)
  • Glipizide (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)
  • Hypocaloric Diet (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)
  • Insulin (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)
  • Maternal Sport (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)
  • Metformin Hydrochloride (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)
  • Miglitol (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Other names

Exenatide is also known as


Exenatide in other languages or writings:

Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Exenatide in its composition:

Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 0 %
Molecular weight 4.187 daltons
VD 0.47 l/Kg
Tmax 2 hours
2.4 hours

References

  1. FDA. Exenatide. Drug Summary. 2018 Full text (in our servers)
  2. EMA. Exenatida Ficha técnica. 2016 Full text (in our servers)
  3. Serrano Aguayo P, García de Quirós Muñoz JM, Bretón Lesmes I, Cózar León MV. Tratamiento de enfermedades endocrinológicas durante la lactancia. [Endocrinologic diseases management during breastfeeding.] Med Clin (Barc). 2015 Jan 20;144(2):73-9. Abstract

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