What is Victoza (Liraglutide) used for?
Victoza (Liraglutide) is used with a suitable diet and exercise regime to control high blood sugar in adult patients with type 2 diabetes. However, it is not used to treat patients with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. This drug is similar to a natural hormone in the body known as incretin. It works by reducing the quantity of sugar produced by the liver, and by causing insulin to be released as a response to high sugar levels in the body. It may also slow down the emptying of the stomach and reduce appetite and contribute to weight loss.
How should I use Victoza (Liraglutide)?
Victoza (Liraglutide) comes in the form of liquid in a dosing pen, which is injected under the skin into the stomach, thigh or upper arm. Patients are usually directed to start out with a dose of 0.6mg per day. If your physician decides that the medication is suitable for you, your dosage may be increased to 1.2mg per day after one week. The maximum dose is 1.8mg per day. Always follow the instructions of your physician. A video is available here, with clear instructions on how to administer the medication:
What are the side effects of Victoza (Liraglutide)?
Some side effects which may be caused by Victoza (Liraglutide) include:
You should consult your physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if other more serious side effects occur, such as swollen throat or a lump in the throat, a hoarse voice, breathlessness, pancreatitis, fever, flu symptoms, nose bleeds or mouth sores.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Victoza (Liraglutide). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
This product should be kept refrigerated at a temperature of 35 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Once opened, it must be used within one month.
Studies have shown that this drug has caused a type of thyroid cancer to occur in rats and mice. It has yet to be determined whether or not it causes cancer in humans. Patients with any family history of cancer should not use this medication. Always discuss the potential risks of this medication with your physician before commencing treatment.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.