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liraglutide (Victoza): Diabetes Drug, Uses, Side Effects & Dosage

What is liraglutide? What are the uses for liraglutide?

What brand names are available for liraglutide?

Victoza

Is liraglutide available as a generic drug?

No

Do I need a prescription for liraglutide?

Yes

What are the side effects of liraglutide?

What is the dosage for liraglutide?

  • Victoza is injected under the skin of the abdomen, thigh,
    or upper arm.
  • Each pre-filled pen can deliver 0.6, 1.2, and 1.8 mg doses. The
    initial dose is 0.6 mg daily for one week.
  • The initial dose helps the body to
    build a tolerance to stomach related side effects.
  • Victoza is not effective for
    controlling blood glucose.
  • After one week the dose is increased to 1.2 mg daily.
  • The maximum dose is 1.8 mg daily.

Which drugs or supplements interact with liraglutide?

  • Victoza slows down transit of food and drugs
    through the intestine and, therefore, may reduce the absorption of drugs that
    are taken orally. Although Victoza did not significantly affect the
    absorption of oral dugs tested in studies, it is still prudent to separate
    administration of Victoza and oral medications.
  • Combining Victoza with
    insulin or drugs that stimulate release of insulin (for example, glyburide
    [Micronase, Diabeta, Glynase, Prestab]) may
    increase the occurrence of low blood
    sugar (hypoglycemia). The dose of insulin
    or the insulin release stimulating drug should be reduced.

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What else should I know about liraglutide?

What preparations of liraglutide are available?

Multiple dose pre-filled pen: 18
mg in 3 ml (6 mg/ml)

How should I keep liraglutide stored?

  • Victoza should be refrigerated between 2-8 C (36-46 F)
    prior to first use.
  • After the first use it can be stored at room temperature
    15 C – 30 C (59 F – 86 F) or refrigerated at 2 C – 8 C (36 F – 46 F).
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