Brand Name (Generic Name)
Victoza (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection)
What is Victoza?
Victoza (liraglutide) is a once-daily injection used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. Victoza helps lower blood sugar levels along with diet and exercise. It may be used with other diabetes medications. It is not the first therapy patients should try if they have not controlled their diabetes with diet and exercise alone.
Victoza is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. It stimulates the beta cells to release insulin only when blood glucose levels are high. Due to this glucose-dependent mechanism of action, Victoza is linked to a low rate of low blood sugars. The mechanism of blood glucose lowering also delays stomach emptying.
Who can use it? Who can't?
Adults with type 2 diabetes can use Victoza. It is not meant to treat people with type 1.
What dosage can I take and how should I take it?
.6 mg of Victoza should be injected once a day for the first week of use. After that, it is usually increased to 1.2 mg and can be brought up to 1.8 mg if necessary.
How often should I take Victoza?
Once a day, as your doctor may suggest. It can be injected just under the skin in the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm.
When should I take Victoza?
Victoza can be taken at any time of day. It doesn't need to be taken with meals. Your doctor should tell you what will work best for you.
What are possible side effects?
- Anti-liraglutide antibody formation
- Immunogenicity-related events
Are other diabetes medications used with it?
Victoza can be used in combination with other medicines. You are encouraged to consult with your doctor to learn about the interactions between Victoza and medications you are taking.
What should I tell my doctor before taking Victoza?
Tell your doctor about any other medications you are on, as well as general allergies and allergies you have to the ingredients of Victoza. Also, tell your doctor if you have digestion problems caused by severe stomach problems, or a history of gall stones, pancreatitis, alcoholism, kidney or liver disease, or high blood pressure.
Reviewed by James A. Bennett 5/13
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