Victoza® lowers blood sugar levels
If you are struggling to lower your blood sugar to get to goal on your current therapy, Victoza® may be able to help. Victoza® is a non-insulin, injectable, once-a-day diabetes medication that lowers blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes in several ways.
Victoza® lowers 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 medications 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 medications.
Victoza® works in 3 ways to lower blood sugar levels
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
In clinical studies ranging from 26 to 52 weeks in length, many people lost some weight. In a large study, when Victoza® was added to metformin, people lost on average up to 6.2 pounds. While many people in clinical trials lost weight, some did gain 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 patient support programs and support tools that can help you start off right and stay on track with managing your diabetes.
- 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 along the way, including tips, reminders, and motivation.