What happens if I take Byetta stored above 77 degrees Fahrenheit?

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What happens if I take Byetta stored above 77 degrees Fahrenheit? What happens to Byetta stored above 77 degrees F?


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Taking Byetta stored above 77 degrees: Byetta (exenatide) is GLP-1, a polypeptide (long chain protein). This means that at high temperatures the medication begins to break down and does not work as well. The likelihood of this happening depends on the amount of heat the medication was stored in. Think about it like styrofoam. At high heats, styrofoam begins to shrivel, however, when taken out of the heat, it does not go back to normal. It stays in that state. If you take Byetta that may have been stored in high temperatures, it may not work as well as it would if stored within the recommended temperature range of 36-77 degrees F.