Benefits of Victoza®
If you are struggling to get your blood sugar to goal on your current therapy, Victoza® may be able to help. Victoza® is not insulin. It is a once-a-day medicine that can help you control your type 2 diabetes in several ways.
Victoza® helps lower A1C
In medical studies, many people taking Victoza® were able to reach the American Diabetes Association's A1C goal of less than 7.0%. (The A1C test measures your average blood sugar level over the previous 2 to 3 months.) Victoza® helps lower blood sugar in as soon as 2 weeks, and has been shown to keep it down in a 2-year medical study.
Victoza® 1.8 mg taken alone or in combination with other diabetes medicines lowered A1C by 1.0 to 1.5%, on average, in medical studies. That's good to know, because even a 1% drop in A1C can be important in the management of type 2 diabetes.
One of these studies compared Victoza® with Januvia®. In this study, Victoza® was found to lower A1C better than Januvia®. Although not a weight-loss product, patients on Victoza® also had greater weight loss than those taking Januvia®. More patients taking Victoza® had short-term nausea as well as headache, diarrhea, and vomiting. Nausea was temporary, and fewer patients reported it over time.
Another study compared Victoza® with Byetta®. In this study, Victoza® was found to lower A1C better than Byetta® and helped more patients get to goal. Side effects such as nausea and diarrhea were similar with both medicines.
Victoza® works in 3 ways to lower blood sugar
Victoza® works like the hormone GLP-1 (7-37)a to:
- Slow food leaving your stomach
- Help prevent your liver from making too much sugar
- Help the pancreas produce more insulin when your blood sugar levels are high
aGLP-1 (7-37) represents <20% of the total circulating GLP-1 produced by your body.
While not a weight-loss product, Victoza® may help you lose some weight
Medical studies showed that most people taking Victoza® lost some weight. The American Diabetes Association recommends weight loss as an important goal for overweight people with type 2 diabetes.
Whether you’re new to Victoza® or have been taking it for some time, Novo Nordisk offers programs and support tools that can help you start off right and stay on track.
- A customized learning and action plan based on your personal health assessment, giving you the right information at the right time.
- Follow-up calls from a Certified Diabetes Educator that provide more of the support you need.
- Online coaching sessions and videos on topics that matter to you, like How to Read Food Labels.
- Tools to track your progress as you start to make healthy changes.
- Support at every step of the way, including tips, reminders, and motivation.
Use these valuable resources today
Helpful links to diabetes organizations that provide information, support, and resources for people with type 2 diabetes and their caregivers.
This handy list of diabetes-related events around the country. These events are a great way to learn about diabetes, get diabetes-friendly recipes and cooking tips, and hear inspiring stories from people with diabetes just like you.
Remember, one e-mail address and password gives you access to both VictozaCare™ and Cornerstones4Care® resources!
"If you've tried different medicines and your numbers aren't going down, you should ask about Victoza®."- Pat G., a real Victoza® user
Individual results may vary.
Indications and Usage
What is Victoza®?
Victoza® is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults with type 2 diabetes, and should be used along with diet and exercise.
- Victoza® is not recommended as the first choice of medicine for treating diabetes.
- It is not known if Victoza® can be used in people who have had pancreatitis.
- Victoza® is not a substitute for insulin and is not for use in people with type 1 diabetes or people with diabetic ketoacidosis.
- It is not known if Victoza® can be used with mealtime insulin.
- It is not known if Victoza® is safe and effective for use in children.
Important Safety Information
What is the most important information I should know about Victoza®?
Victoza® may cause serious side effects, including:
- Possible thyroid tumors, including cancer. Tell your health care provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In studies with rats and mice, Victoza® and medicines that work like Victoza® caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if Victoza® will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people.
Who should not use Victoza®?
Do not take Victoza® if:
- you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
- you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the ingredients in Victoza®.
What should I tell my health care provider before using Victoza®?
Before using Victoza®, tell your health care provider if you:
- have or have had problems with your pancreas, kidneys, or liver.
- have any other medical conditions or severe problems with your stomach, such as slowed emptying of your stomach (gastroparesis) or problems with digesting food.
- are pregnant or breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed.
Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements, and other medicines to treat diabetes, including insulin or sulfonylureas.
How should I use Victoza®?
- Do not mix insulin and Victoza® together in the same injection.
- You may give an injection of Victoza® and insulin in the same body area (such as your stomach area), but not right next to each other.
- Do not share your Victoza® pen with other people, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.
What are the possible side effects of Victoza®?
Victoza® may cause serious side effects, including:
- inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis). Stop using Victoza® and call your health care provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel the pain from your abdomen to your back.
- low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Your risk for getting low blood sugar may be higher if you use Victoza® with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include: dizziness or lightheadedness, blurred vision, anxiety, irritability or mood changes, sweating, slurred speech, hunger, confusion or drowsiness, shakiness, weakness, headache, fast heartbeat, and feeling jittery.
- kidney problems (kidney failure). In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration), which may cause kidney problems to get worse.
- serious allergic reactions. Stop using Victoza® and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including itching, rash, or difficulty breathing.