Victoza® Step by Step

Things to know and do 

Take Victoza® at the same time every day
Prepare for your first injection ►

If you have nausea, it should get better over time. If nausea is severe, call your health care professional
See common side effects ►

The Victoza® pen uses a very small needlea
Get to know the Victoza® pen ► 

VictozaCare™ provides support
Join VictozaCare™ ►

Save on Victoza® for up to 2 yearsb
Get the Victoza Savings Card at our savings card site ►

Build a routine

Victoza® can be taken any time of day, with or without food. For best results, it's best to get into a routine where you take it at the same time every day. In no time at all, taking your Victoza® will become just another part of your day—like brushing your teeth or getting the mail!

What to expect

As with most medications, Victoza® may cause side effects, with nausea being the most common. In most people who get nausea, it's mild to moderate and lessens over time. If you experience nausea, here are some things that may help:

  • Eat bland foods like crackers, toast, and rice
  • Eat foods that contain water like soups and gelatin
  • Don't lie down after you eat
  • Get some fresh air outside
  • Stop eating as soon as you start feeling full

If nausea is severe, call your health care professional. Other common side effects of Victoza® may include diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite, indigestion, and constipation. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have. Do not stop taking Victoza® or skip a dose without talking to a health care professional.

The Victoza® pen

Your Victoza® pen contains 18 mg of Victoza® and will deliver doses of 0.6 mg, 1.2 mg, or 1.8 mg. It uses the thinnest needle available from Novo Nordisk in the United States. When starting a new Victoza® pen, be sure to follow the “First-Time Use for Each New Pen” instructions that come with it. You can learn more about the Victoza® pen here.

See how Victoza® patients adjusted to an injectable medication

Watch Learning to Use My Pen

It’s only natural to have questions before you start taking an injectable medication like Victoza®. The people in this video who take Victoza® discuss the concerns they had before beginning treatment.

Individual results may vary.

VictozaCare™ and Cornerstones4Care®

If you joined our support program, you will soon be getting a Welcome Kit in the mail. Inside is a brochure that will help you understand how Victoza® works, offers tips on building a routine that works for you, and more. Membership also includes the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach, a powerful online tool that is designed to help you build the skills you need to help manage your diabetes. Watch a video below.

Not yet a member? Join today 

Team up with the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach

Watch Diabetes Support Built Around You

Cornerstones4Care® does not take a one-size-fits-all approach to diabetes management. One of the program’s highlights is the digital Diabetes Health Coach. It features a customized learning and action plan, online coaching sessions, phone calls with a Certified Diabetes Educator, and the ability to track your progress. The program provides tips, reminders, and motivational emails designed to help you manage your diabetes your way.

aPen needles are sold separately and may require a prescription in some states.
bEligibility restrictions apply.

Victoza® Step by Step

Things to know and do

Working with the experts on your team is key
Call a VictozaCare™ Coach if you need a helping hand ►

Family and friends can play a role, too
Check out activities that family and friends can participate in with you ►

Diabetes care is a team effort

Good diabetes care takes a team. Your doctor, nurses, and pharmacist are part of this team. You may also have a Certified Diabetes Educator, a dietitian, and other experts on your team. Friends and family can play an important role as well. But the most important member of your team is you. See below to learn more about how your diabetes care team can help you follow your care plan.

The role of health care professionals

The doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals on your team are there to help you get the most from your care plan. They should be the first place you turn if you have questions about any part of your care plan—from your medicine and how to take it, to your meal plan, to ways to get the physical activity you need. VictozaCare™ Coaches are also trained health care professionals, and many are Certified Diabetes Educators and nurses. They are available by calling 1-877-905-1126.

The role of family and friends

It may be easy to overlook, but some of the most important members of your diabetes care team can be found right at home. A spouse, an adult child, or even a close friend can offer support, encouragement, and reminders that can go a long way toward keeping you on track with your care. You can also get tasty recipes, tips for being active, and more.

Your role as captain of your diabetes care team

Many of the other members of your care team are experts on diabetes and its treatment. But you are the expert on you. No one else knows how you feel from day to day. And no one else knows how hard or easy you find it to follow your care plan. So along with taking your medication as directed, your role includes making sure your care plan meets your needs. If there's something you're not happy with, you can work with your team to adjust it.

Join VictozaCare™ and Cornerstones4Care®
You'll get the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach, tasty recipes, and a complimentary item to help you manage your diabetes!

Sign up! ►

Victoza® Step by Step

Things to know and do

Type 2 diabetes puts you at a higher risk for heart attack or stroke
Find out how Victoza® may help reduce cardiovascular risk in people with type 2 diabetes treating their cardiovascular disease ►

Healthy eating and activity may help control your blood sugar
Choose a healthy recipe to make tonight ►

Your blood sugar may have already begun to drop
See the 3 ways Victoza® is working to lower your blood sugar ►

You may have noticed some weight loss
Check out some exercises that may help with managing your weighta

aTalk to your health care provider before starting any exercise program.


Talk to your doctor about other ways to manage your cardiovascular risk

Victoza® reduces the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, or death in adults with type 2 diabetes who are currently treating cardiovascular disease.

Victoza® starts working in as little as 2 weeks

By your third week on Victoza®, your blood sugar levels may already be starting to go down. If you see a difference, that's great news! Studies have shown that Victoza® helps lower blood sugar in as soon as 2 weeks. If your blood sugar hasn't come down by week 3, don't get discouraged. Stick with it, and it's likely you will see a difference soon.

Have you lost weight?

You might have also noticed that your clothes are fitting a little looser. Victoza® is not for weight loss, but it 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.

Blood sugar control takes more than medication

Of course, there's more to your diabetes care than just taking your medicine. Diabetes medications like Victoza® work best when teamed with healthy eating and safe, sensible ways to stay active. So make sure you work with your diabetes care team on ways to make healthy eating and exercise a regular part of your life.

Team up with the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach!
Get a customized learning and action plan, online coaching sessions, the ability to track your progress, and more.

Learn more ►

Victoza® Step by Step

Things to know and do

Take Victoza® as directed by your doctor
See how Victoza® can fit into your daily routine ►

The Victoza® Savings Card may help you save on refills
Activate your Savings Card at our savings card site ►

Eating right with diabetes may be easier than you think
Try making one of these delicious recipes tonight ►

Doctor knows best

At week 4 you may be more determined than ever to stay ahead of your diabetes management. Your blood sugar levels may be lower, and you've probably gotten used to eating smarter. Congratulations! You're taking charge of your diabetes. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to discuss them with your doctor. Chances are, there's a solution for the issues you may be facing. Do not stop taking Victoza® without first talking to your doctor.

Have you activated your Savings Card yet?

As you fill your first prescription, the Victoza® Savings Card Program will probably come in handy. If you haven't done so already, be sure to activate your card at our savings card site. Eligible commercially-insured patients can pay as little as $25 for each of their Victoza® prescriptions for up to 24 months (maximum savings up to $100 per fill).a If you don't have a Savings Card, click here to get one.

Some tips for healthy eating habits

Healthy eating is an important part of managing your type 2 diabetes. You may not always have to follow a special meal plan, and you probably don't have to ban any foods completely. But you should try to make smart decisions about what you eat. Here are some basic guidelines:

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats (such as poultry and fish), and beans for protein
  • Balance the number of calories you eat with your activity level
  • Choose foods rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits
  • Limit your intake of saturated fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugar

Here are some delicious, diabetes-friendly recipes the whole family will enjoy.

aEligibility and restrictions apply.

Victoza® Step by Step

Things to know and do

Stress can affect your blood sugar
Check out these tips to fight stress ►

Support groups can help
Join a diabetes support group ►

Stress and type 2 diabetes

Stress can affect your blood sugar and insulin levels. So it's no surprise that learning to manage stress may help you keep your blood sugar under control. It's important to look out for signals of unusual stress so that you can begin to find ways to cope with it. You'll find some great ideas below.

Tips for managing stress

If you feel overwhelmed, there are a number of things you can do.

  • Identify your triggers by paying close attention to how you feel and when you feel that way
  • Remember why you're doing this. Stressful periods are an excellent time to think about your commitment to yourself
  • Treat your body well with healthy eating habits and exercise
  • Try not to tackle everything at once

Find a diabetes support group

You've done a lot of work up to this point! So it wouldn't be unusual for you to feel a little worn out or even frustrated at times. Connecting with others just may give you the boost you need to stay motivated. Support groups like these are a great way to connect with people who are going through some of the same things you are. You can learn a lot from others about different ways to take care of yourself.

Team up with the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach!
Get a customized learning and action plan, online coaching sessions, the ability to track your progress, and more.

Learn more ►

Victoza® Step by Step

Things to know and do

Healthy eating is an important part of diabetes care
Add a new healthy recipe to your menu ►

Staying active is also critical
Add 1 more healthy habit to your daily routine ►

Healthy eating habits and diabetes

Things are probably a little easier now than when you first started taking Victoza®. By now, you're used to the Victoza® pen and have likely found a routine that works for you. If you have not yet taken steps toward eating better, now is the time to do so. Click here for some mouth-watering recipes that are diabetes-friendly and delicious.

Keep moving forward

Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any kind of fitness routine. Regular exercise can help prevent health problems, help keep your weight down, and help insulin work better to lower your blood sugar. Choose exercises that work for you so that you'll stick with them. If you're not used to exercising, start slow and easy—walking the dog, parking farther away from the entrance when you go to the grocery store, and spending some time in the garden are great ways to be more active every day. You'll find more tips here.

Save on Victoza®
Find out how you may be able to save money on your Victoza® prescriptions for up to 24 months.

Start saving ►

Victoza® Step by Step

Things to know and do

Cornerstones4Care® continues your support
Check out the helpful resources available at ►

We're here to support you along the way

If you joined VictozaCare™ when you got your prescription, your membership will be reaching the end around this time. But don't worry...Cornerstones4Care® picks up right where VictozaCare™ leaves off, so you get ongoing support for your diabetes journey. You can continue using tools like the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach, which includes customized action plans, a tracking feature, helpful videos, diabetes education eBooks that put expert advice right on your device, and much, much more. If you're not a VictozaCare™ member, you can still join today.

It's important to continue taking Victoza® to help manage your A1C

After a few months on Victoza®, if you've experienced weight loss, you might feel like you're not losing as much weight as you did in the beginning. That's OK. It's normal for your weight to level off around this time. And it doesn't mean Victoza® has stopped working to help control your blood sugar. You should discuss any changes to your treatment with your health care professional.

Team up with the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach!
Get a customized learning and action plan, online coaching sessions, the ability to track your progress, and more.

Learn more ►