Victoza® (Liraglutide)

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    Victoza® (Liraglutide)


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      Victoza (liraglutide injection), a medication for Type 2 diabetes, carries a boxed warning, the most serious warning issued by the FDA, regarding the risk of thyroid cancer. This warning is based on animal studies where liraglutide was shown to cause thyroid C-cell tumors. However, the correlation between these findings and their impact on humans is not fully established. Additionally, Victoza is contraindicated for patients with a history of medullary thyroid cancer or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2, as well as for those with a family history of thyroid cancer. The medication label advises caution in these patients due to the increased risk of developing thyroid tumors. Besides this serious warning, Victoza is also associated with other side effects, including the risk of pancreatitis and gallbladder disease. It is important for patients to consult with their healthcare providers to fully understand these risks and the appropriate use of Victoza

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      Dr. Ari Magill (MD, MS)

      Active Ingredient:Liraglutide
      Warnings:Possible thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer
      Drug Type:GLP-1 receptor agonist
      Used For:Adults and children 10 years of age and older with type 2 diabetes
      Administration:Subcutaneous Injection (daily)
      Available Strengths:.6mg, 1.2mg and 1.8mg
      Storage:Store for 30 days either at 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C) or in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C)
      Manufacturer:Novo Nordisk

      What Is Victoza?

      The generic name for Victoza is liraglutide. This is a medication that uses compounds that are much like a specific hormone that’s naturally made by the body.

       Victoza is a medication prescribed by your doctor that’s injected into the body. It’s used for two main purposes:

      • It helps lower blood sugar levels in adults and children aged 10 and above who have type 2 diabetes. This is typically done in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body doesn’t use insulin properly, leading to high blood sugar levels.
      • It also helps decrease the chances of serious heart-related issues like heart attacks, strokes, or even death in adults with type 2 diabetes who already have heart disease.

      Victoza isn’t a weight loss drug, but it can potentially help adults shed some pounds. In various studies that lasted between 26 to 52 weeks, a number of adults with type 2 diabetes did experience some weight loss. In one significant study, adults who were taking metformin (a common diabetes medication) and added Victoza to their regimen lost an average of up to 6.2 pounds.

      Victoza is made by Novo Nordisk of Denmark. It stimulates the body to create more insulin. It’s been around for many years, with USDA approval in 2010. It soon became a popular drug for those with type 2 diabetes. This medication is in a drug class called GLP-1 agonists. It mimics a natural hormone in your body called a GLP-1, or a glucagon-like peptide. It decreases blood sugar as well as having other effects on the body. One of these is weight loss in most patients. It’s one of the diet pens that is now popularly prescribed for those who are obese. However, it’s important to note that while Victoza can help with weight loss, it is not specifically approved by the FDA for weight loss or obesity (excessive body fat) management. It’s also being studied to determine whether it can help those with type 1 diabetes.

      Because of the clinical trial data showing it might help people lose weight, many doctors prescribe it for the off-label use of weight loss even though it is not FDA-approved for this indication. Another liraglutide formulation is FDA-approved for treatment of obesity under the brand name, Saxenda.

      Victoza Cost & Coupons

      Victoza pens can be quite expensive. There is a cash price of $1,346 for three autoinjector pens that contain 18 mg of liraglutide each. If you take the lowest standard dose, 1.2 mg per day, that is 45 doses at $30 per dose. When taken at the highest dose, 1.8 mg per day, that’s 30 doses at $45 each. Consequently, uninsured patients spend between $209 and $314 per week. If Victoza is taken at the highest dose, a year’s worth of treatment would cost more than $16,000.

      Since Victoza can cost a lot, many Americans are buying Victoza from other countries, such as Canada and Mexico. 

      Diet Pens offers Americans a much cheaper source for buying Victoza. You can save up to 80% on your Victoza pens when you buy Victoza from Canada.

      If this is your first time using Diet Pens, be sure to use coupon code DIET10 at checkout. This coupon will allow you to save 10% on your first order when you buy Victoza. 

      How Does Victoza Work?

      As a GLP-1 agonist, Victoza isn’t an insulin product. It doesn’t add insulin to your body directly. Instead, it pushes the body to make more insulin on its own. It is 97% similar to the GLP-1 hormone that humans naturally make. This similarity allows it to have the same effect on the body as the naturally occurring hormone. Victoza affects the pancreas as well as the gut and liver. It helps to control insulin levels, blood sugar, and how quickly your stomach empties after you eat.

      Usually, when someone eats a meal, the hormone GLP-1 is released by the small intestines. This pushes the pancreas to release insulin to the body to control how much sugar is in the blood. This hormone activates specific cells in the pancreas that are called the beta cells. These are the cells that create insulin. When these are activated, more insulin is released so that the sugar in the blood can be handled appropriately.

      Because Victoza is similar to the natural hormone, it decreases blood sugar in three ways. The first method is stimulating the pancreas to make more insulin whenever the body needs it. Secondly, Victoza makes food leave the stomach much more slowly. This helps sugar enter the bloodstream more slowly, keeping blood sugar steady. This is also one way that it can help people lose weight. When you take this medication, the food stays in your stomach for longer, keeping you feeling full and not hungry for much longer. This can result in patients eating less without them feeling deprived.

      The third method is to affect the liver by getting it to make less sugar. When the drug is taken by a patient who eats a healthy diet and exercises regularly, it can help control blood sugar and might lead to weight loss. While Victoza is not specifically a weight loss medication, it has been observed in clinical studies that some patients may experience weight loss. In a large study, when Victoza was added to metformin, adults with type 2 diabetes lost on average up to 6.2 pounds over 26 weeks. However, it’s important to note that individual results may vary and all medications should be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

      Victoza Side Effects

      Several side effects can happen to people who take Victoza injections. There are common side effects as well as rarer effects. When you have side effects, you must talk to your doctor about whether you want to continue the medication. In many cases, side effects are very mild, and patients keep taking the drug.

      Data about Victoza side effects was collected during five separate clinical trials. Patients took the drug for 37 weeks in these trials, and side effects were noted. The side effects most commonly found in these patients happened in at least 5% of the patients. With higher doses of the drug, there were more side effects.

      The most common side effects, which occurred in at least 5% of the patients, included nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite, indigestion, and constipation. With higher doses of the drug, there were more side effects. Hypoglycemia and reactions at the injection site were less common side effects, occurring in less than 5% of the participants. Most of these common effects will go away after the patient has stayed on the medication for a few days to a few weeks. Your doctor needs to know about the problem if they don’t go away. Your dosage may need to be changed, or a new drug may be tried to help with your diabetes or weight loss.

      The number one most common side effect of Victoza is nausea. As many as 20% of patients who use it have nausea. Nausea may be present on its own or a symptom of a more severe problem from taking the drug. Other gastrointestinal side effects are also common, as mentioned above. While headache was a common complaint while taking Victoza (around 10%) in clinical trials, its frequency was not much more than taking placebo (a treatment that does not contain medication).

      Victoza is a medicine that’s mostly safe, but it can have some serious side effects, though they’re pretty rare. It might increase the risk of a rare type of thyroid cancer, and this is highlighted in a black box warning on the medication. It can also increase the risk of inflammation of the pancreas (resulting in pancreatitis) and gallbladder (resulting in gallbladder disease). In some cases, it might affect kidney function, especially if the person is experiencing symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration. But remember, these side effects are not common. It’s always best to talk to a doctor for advice.

      If you get gallbladder disease, the symptoms may include a fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea, and jaundice. If you experience these symptoms, talk to the doctor about them immediately. If you get kidney problems, you may experience symptoms such as nausea, decreased urine output, confusion, swelling in your feet and legs, and shortness of breath. These symptoms are usually associated with severe kidney disease or kidney failure, and they can also be signs of dehydration, which can be caused by not drinking enough fluids, excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting.

      Another rare but possible side effect is to have an allergic reaction to the medication. It isn’t known how often this occurs in Victoza patients. An allergic reaction to it may be mild or extremely severe. If you have a mild allergy, the symptoms could include a skin rash, some itchy areas, and skin flushing that makes your skin red and warm. It’s rare to have a severe allergic reaction to Victoza, but it can happen. You may have this type of allergic reaction if you have swelling in your feet, hands, lips, or eyelids under the skin. You may have swelling of your throat, mouth, or tongue. When this happens, you could even have trouble speaking or breathing. If you experience these severe reactions, calling for emergency services to get you the health care you need may be necessary.

      Victoza Drug Interactions

      Several medications shouldn’t be taken with Victoza because of the way they would react to each other. Some specific foods and supplements shouldn’t be taken while taking this medication. There are different effects that patients may have depending on the interaction they have. Some of these interactions can make it more likely that you will have side effects or make the existing side effects even worse. Other interactions make the medication not work as well as it would otherwise. Always tell the doctor what pharmaceuticals you’re taking, including herbs and other supplements.

      Many drugs shouldn’t be taken with Victoza, including many different diabetes drugs (such as Rybelsus). When you take Victoza along with some diabetes drugs, you can lower your blood sugar so much that you develop hypoglycemia. Drugs that can cause this reaction with Victoza include glimepiride, glyburide, glipizide, repaglinide, chlorpropamide, and nateglinide. These are the names of the generic medications, and they will go by various brand names.

      There can also be interactions when patients take a mealtime type of insulin, such as lispro and aspart. If you take a long-acting type of insulin-like insulin glargine, this can also cause problems. Any other insulins and diabetes medications that have a group of drugs inside them can also cause problems when taken with Victoza.

      If you take this Victoza along with a medication that you take by mouth, there can be complications. Because Victoza causes food to stay in your stomach for longer, the medications you take by mouth may not get absorbed as they should. The drug taken by mouth could remain in your stomach for a longer period of time and not get into the bloodstream, making it less effective. This can be a big problem, especially when the other medication is essential, such as with blood pressure medications. If you need both medications, your doctor may be able to adjust your dosage of Victoza so that it has less impact on how your other medications work.

      Strengths & Dosages Of Victoza

      There are different doses of Victoza, and your doctor will determine which one you need. It’s common for patients to start on a low dosage and then be moved to a higher one later. This medication comes in pens filled with liquid medication. Each pen has 18 mg of liraglutide and 3 mL of a solution. Each pen will last as long as 30 days, depending on what your dosage of it is. The dosages are 0.6 mg, 1.2 mg, or 1.8 mg daily. After the first use of a pen, the pen shouldn’t be kept for more than 30 days. The specific dosage you get depends on several factors, such as how old you are and how well it works for you. The ultimate dosage that you get will be the lowest dose possible that gives you a positive effect.

      How To Use Victoza

      Victoza is an injected medication that needs to be injected once a day. The package that it comes in will include either two or three of the pre-filled pens. However, it won’t include the needles you’ll need. You’ll have to buy those separately to inject the medication. You can inject it yourself or have someone else perform the injection. Generally, patients inject themselves once a day with this medication. The injection has to be made in the stomach, upper arm, or thigh to be effective. Victoza can be injected at any time, but the manufacturer recommends that you choose a specific time for the injection and inject it at that time every day. There is no need to take it with food. If your doctor has you on both insulin and Victoza, each of these must be injected separately and can’t be mixed. Your doctor should tell you exactly how to inject your medication so that you always get it done right.

      Victoza is a medication that your doctor may recommend off-label to eat less and lose weight if you are obese (severely overweight) or overweight with medical complications from being overweight. It is not FDA-approved for weight loss, but research indicates it might help with weight loss, and another liraglutide formulation (Saxenda) is FDA-approved for treatment of obesity. Victoza’s primary indication is for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, but it may also help those who are obese under the guidance of a physician. If you have questions about it, be sure to ask your doctor so that you know you’re taking the medication correctly and getting the full benefits from it. It can make it easier to lose weight to get your body healthier.

      If you need help or have questions about Victoza, request a free pharmacy consultation from Diet Pens.


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      No, Victoza does not come with needles. You will need to purchase needles to use the Victoza pens.

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      Yes, it is! This is the same exact Victoza made from the same manufacturer, Novo Nordisk.

      It takes approximately 4-10 business days to ship from Canada.

      Victoza may help diabetic patients lose weight when taken at high doses (1.8 mg). In a large study, when Victoza was added to metformin, adults with type 2 diabetes lost on average up to 6.2 pounds over 26 weeks. It’s essential to understand that everyone’s experience may be different. When it comes to your diet goals and how much and when to take your medication, it’s crucial to have a conversation with a qualified healthcare professional.

      Victoza may cause serious side effects if you take more than your doctor prescribes.

      In the event that you think you have taken too much Victoza, you should seek medical attention right away. The American Association of Poison Control Centers can also be reached at 800-222-1222.

      Victoza should be skipped if you miss a dose. On the following day, take your usual dose as usual. If you miss a dose, do not try to make it up by taking two doses at the same time. It could increase Victoza’s side effect risk.

      Victoza is a once-daily injection that can be used at any time. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to inject it at the same time every day to keep yourself on track

      The Victoza injection can be administered at any time. The last time you ate doesn’t matter. As far as Victoza absorption is concerned, food has no effect on it.

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