Frequently Asked Questions
What is Victoza®?
Victoza® is a once-daily medication that may help
to improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Victoza® is not
insulin. It is used along with healthy eating
and staying active to help keep blood sugar under control.
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How does Victoza® work?
Victoza® is a medicine that is 97% similar to a hormone made in your body called GLP-1
(7-37)*. After you eat, GLP-1 helps your pancreas
release the right amount of insulin to help move sugar from the blood into the cells.
GLP-1 also prevents the liver from releasing too much sugar. People with type 2
diabetes produce less insulin and may have problems with GLP-1. By working like
GLP-1, Victoza® helps make more insulin available
in your body when needed. This helps lower your blood sugar at the right time to
help keep your blood sugar from becoming too low (resulting in hypoglycemia).
While not a weight-loss product, Victoza® may help
you lose weight. Medical studies showed that most people taking Victoza®
lost weight. However, not all people who took Victoza®
lost weight. Individual results may vary. You should discuss healthy eating, as
well as safe and sensible ways to stay active, with your diabetes care team.
*GLP-1 (7-37) represents <20% of the circulating GLP-1 that is produced by your
How Victoza® can help you
How is Victoza® different from other treatments
for type 2 diabetes?
Victoza® is an injectable medication used to treat
type 2 diabetes, but it is not insulin. It is used along with healthy eating and
staying active to help keep blood sugar under control.
How Victoza® may help lower blood sugar
Can I take Victoza® with insulin?
Victoza® may be taken with other oral diabetes medications,
including those you may already be taking. Caution should be exercised when oral
medications are taken along with Victoza®. However,
Victoza® is not insulin, does not contain insulin,
and should not be taken with prandial insulin.
Learn how Victoza® is different
How do I take Victoza®?
Victoza® is injected once each day, at any time during
the day. So it is best to take it at a time that you will remember to take it with
or without food.
Victoza® comes in a prefilled pen. Needles are sold
separately and may require a prescription in some states. Your health care provider
must teach you how to inject Victoza® before you
use it for the first time.
Preparing for your first injection
What are the most common side effects with Victoza®?
The most common side effects with Victoza® include
headache, nausea, and diarrhea. Nausea is most common when first starting Victoza®, but it decreases over time in most people.
Your risk for getting low blood sugar is higher if you take Victoza®
with another medication that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or
You should discuss additional safety information with your doctor prior to starting
Victoza®. Before using Victoza®,
be sure to read the Medication Guide
and the Prescribing Information.
What to expect when taking Victoza®
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Using the Victoza® Pen
I’ve never used an injectable medication before—how do I get started?
Many people have concerns about using injectable medications to treat type 2 diabetes,
but with practice you can make it part of your daily routine. Talk to your health care
provider or a VictozaCare™ Coach about any questions or concerns you may have.
You can also find answers to many of your questions by reading the Medication Guide
that comes with your Victoza® Pen.
Instructions for Use can help you become more confident about using Victoza® by showing you how to use your Victoza®
Pen the right way.
These instructions do not take the place of talking with your health care provider
or diabetes care team. If you have additional questions about your Pen, call a VictozaCare™
Coach at 1-877-905-1126, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm EST.
How to use the Victoza® Pen
What are the Victoza® Pen needles like?
There are two disposable needles from Novo Nordisk that are recommended for use
with the Victoza® Pen:
NovoTwist® is a "single-twist" needle that can
attach to the Pen
NovoFine® is a needle that screws tightly onto
Both needles are available in 30-gauge and 32-gauge Tip sizes and work with the
Of people surveyed, 90% found the NovoFine® 30-gauge
needle (one of the needles that can be used with the Victoza®
Pen) to be practically pain-free. The needle recommended for use
with the Victoza® Pen is an even thinner 32-gauge
Tip pen needle, which is the thinnest needle from Novo Nordisk that is available
in the United States. Because a thinner needle has a higher gauge number, a 32-gauge
needle is thinner than a 30-gauge needle.
*Pen needles are sold separately and may require a prescription in some states.
How do I take care of my Victoza® Pen?
Always protect your Victoza® Pen from heat and sunlight,
and be sure to keep the cap on when your Victoza®
Pen is not in use. Use a Victoza® Pen for only 30
days; it should be thrown away after 30 days, even if some medication is left in
the Pen. The Victoza® Pen should only be used with
Novo Nordisk disposable needles. After removing needle, put the cap on your Victoza® Pen and store your Victoza®
Pen without the needle attached. Never try to refill your Victoza®
Pen—it is prefilled and disposable.
Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist for more information about needles
for your Victoza® Pen.
Be sure to read the Medication Guide
that comes with your Victoza® Pen, and the
Instructions for Use, to learn more about how to properly care for your
Watch the Instructions for Use video
How should I store my Victoza® Pen?
Your new, unused Victoza® Pen should be stored in
the refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F
(2°C to 8°C). If Victoza® is stored outside of refrigeration
(by mistake) prior to first use, it should be used or thrown away within 30 days.
Victoza® should not be frozen.
After first use, store your Victoza® Pen for up to
30 days at 59°F to
(15°C to 30°C), or until expiration in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
Safety and the Pen
How many doses of medication are available in each Victoza®
Your Victoza® Pen contains 18 mg of Victoza®
and will deliver doses of 0.6 mg, 1.2 mg, or 1.8 mg. The number of doses that you
can take with a Victoza® Pen depends on the dose
of medication that is prescribed for you. Your health care provider will tell you
how much Victoza® to take.
Read the Instructions for Use
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Living With Type 2 Diabetes
What kind of support is available to me when I start on Victoza®?
In addition to working with your diabetes care team, you can get ongoing support
that’s tailored to your needs by enrolling in VictozaCare™. When you
enroll you’ll receive valuable information to help you stay on track with your treatment.
And you’ll also receive:
- Helpful advice on using the Victoza® Pen
- Tools for planning delicious menus and making recipes for the whole family
- Unique tips to help you stay active and motivated
And you’ll receive a free gift for signing up. It’s our way of welcoming you to
the Novo Nordisk family.
Sign up for VictozaCare™ now
What questions should I ask my doctor when beginning treatment with Victoza®?
When it comes to learning about type 2 diabetes and how to control it, talk to your
doctor and other members of your diabetes care team about how to get the most from
your treatment. It’s important you get the answers you need to develop a type 2
diabetes management plan that works for you.
Build a personalized conversation
with your doctor
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Coverage and Reimbursement for Victoza®
Are there ways to save on my Victoza® prescriptions?
If you have received your Victoza® prescription and
Patient Starter Kit from your doctor, you can simply activate the card included
in the kit before you visit the pharmacy to fill your prescription. You may be eligible
to pay no more than $25 for your first 24 Victoza®
Activate your card now
If you did not receive an Instant Savings Card, please call 1-855-292-5966.
You may also be able to participate in the Victoza®
eVoucherRx™ Program. More than 25,000 pharmacies nationwide participate in
this program. Bring your Victoza® prescription to
a participating pharmacy and get an automatic copay reduction right at the pharmacy
counter when you pick up your prescription.
View participating pharmacies
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Indications and Usage
Victoza® (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection) is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults with type 2 diabetes when used along with diet and exercise.
Victoza® is not recommended as the first medication to treat diabetes. Victoza® has not been studied in patients with history of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Victoza® is not a substitute for insulin and has not been studied in combination with prandial (mealtime) insulin. Victoza® is not for people with type 1 diabetes or people with diabetic ketoacidosis. It is not known if Victoza® is safe and effective in children. Victoza® is not recommended for use in children.
Important Safety Information
In animal studies, Victoza® caused thyroid tumors—including thyroid cancer—in some rats and mice. It is not known whether Victoza® causes thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) in people, which may be fatal if not detected and treated early. Do not use Victoza® if you or any of your family members have a history of MTC or if you have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). While taking Victoza®, tell your doctor if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer.
Do not use Victoza® if you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the ingredients in Victoza®. Serious allergic reactions can happen with Victoza®. If symptoms of serious allergic reactions occur, stop taking Victoza® and seek medical attention. Pancreatitis may be severe and lead to death. Before taking Victoza®, tell your doctor if you have had pancreatitis, gallstones, a history of alcoholism, or high blood triglyceride levels since these medical conditions make you more likely to get pancreatitis.
Stop taking Victoza® and call your doctor right away if you have pain in your stomach area that is severe and will not go away, occurs with or without vomiting, or is felt going from your stomach area through to your back. These may be symptoms of pancreatitis.
Before using Victoza®, tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, especially sulfonylurea medicines or insulin, as taking them with Victoza® may affect how each medicine works. If you use Victoza® with insulin, you may give both injections in the same body area (for example, your stomach area), but not right next to each other.
Also tell your doctor if you have severe stomach problems such as slowed emptying of your stomach (gastroparesis) or problems with digesting food; have or have had kidney or liver problems; have any other medical conditions; or are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is unknown if Victoza® will harm your unborn baby or if Victoza® passes into your breast milk.
Your risk for getting hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is higher if you take Victoza® with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. The dose of your sulfonylurea medicine or insulin may need to be lowered while taking Victoza®.
Victoza® may cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea leading to dehydration, which may cause kidney failure. This can happen in people who have never had kidney problems before. Drinking plenty of fluids may reduce your chance of dehydration.
The most common side effects with Victoza® include headache, nausea, and diarrhea. Nausea is most common when first starting Victoza®, but decreases over time in most people. Immune system related reactions, including hives, were more common in people treated with Victoza® compared to people treated with other diabetes drugs in medical studies.
Please click here for Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.
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