What is Victoza (Liraglutide) used for?
Victoza (Liraglutide) is an injectable medicine prescribed to treat patients who have type 2 diabetes. It balances blood sugar levels in the bloodstream to prevent symptoms such as vision problems, nerve pain, or kidney damage. This medication is commonly used along with regular exercise and a balanced diet to get the best results. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Victoza (Liraglutide)?
Victoza (Liraglutide) should always be used according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. It is typically administered once each day, but your particular dosage and frequency of administration will depend on your weight, health, age, and the severity of your symptoms. Make sure you are fully instructed in the correct procedure for administering the medicine to prevent any potential problems. Dial the prescribed dosage into the pen, insert the needle into the injection site, and press the button to inject the medication. Wait ten seconds before removing the needle to ensure the full dosage is administered. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
The correct procedure is explained in this video:
What are the side effects of Victoza (Liraglutide)?
The use of Victoza (Liraglutide) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
More serious side effects that may occur include severe weakness, hoarseness, trouble breathing, swelling or lump in the throat, unusual weight gain, urinary retention, pancreatitis, or signs of a severe infection. Immediately inform your physician about any conditions that are intense or worrying to make sure the correct response is taken to prevent further complications. These may include reduced dosages, frequency of administration, or even emergency medical attention in more serious cases.
Victoza (Liraglutide) should not be used if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, under the age if eighteen, or have type 1 diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, inflammatory bowel disease, impaired liver function, or moderate to severe kidney failure. Also inform your physician if you are elderly or have heart failure or hyperthyroidism as these conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring reduced dosages or other adjustments to your regimen.
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.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.