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Sat Apr 19 03:41:35 UTC 2014

Victoza, Bydureon and weight gain
Asked By: ursidae  
Category: Type 2
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Until Jan 1, 2014 I used Victoza. I did very well on it. My bG was down and my weight was falling at a steady rate. My insurance no longer covers Victoza, and my doctor put me on Bydureon. My bG is frequently high and I've gained back 30+ lbs! How do Victoza and Bydureon work? I'm unemployed and cannot pay full price for Victoza.
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2014-05-21 14:27:41.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

Both Bydureon™ and Victoz™ are glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. They stimulate the beta cells of the pancreas to release insulin only when blood glucose levels are high. The mechanism of blood glucose lowering also delays stomach emptying.

Bydureon™ is a longer-acting medication. It requiries only one injection a week versus the once daily injection of Victoza.

Tell your doctor about your financial status, as well as the recent increased blood glucose levels and weight gain. He or she can review your diabetes treatment plan, and make the necessary adjustments.

Also talk with a social worker or contact your local department of human services. They may be able to provide information on sources of assistance.

Learn about injectable diabetes medicines and paying for health care.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2014-05-09 12:54:31.0

I was in the same situation. After being on Bydureon for 2 months, I had another A1C done. There was of course in increase in my A1C (It had gone from 8.1 to 6.9 on Victoza, then buck up to 7.6 on Bydureon) My Endocrinologist sent an appeal and they covered to drug
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