Brand Name (Generic Name)
Victoza (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection)
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.
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
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