Victoza is a diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. It works by increasing the amount of insulin that your body produces.
Victoza is used to treat type 2 diabetes. This medication is not for treating type 1 diabetes.
You should not use Victoza if you are allergic to liraglutide, or if you have multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (tumors in your glands), a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer, insulin-dependent diabetes, or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment with insulin).
Before using Victoza, tell your doctor if you have stomach problems causing slow digestion, kidney or liver disease, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, or if you have ever had pancreatitis, gallstones, or alcoholism.
You should not breast-feed while using Victoza. Never share an injection pen with another person. Sharing injection pens can allow disease such as hepatitis or HIV to pass from one person to another.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect while using Victoza, such as swelling or a lump in your throat area, hoarse voice, trouble swallowing, feeling short of breath, severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, or signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, mouth sores, or easy bruising or bleeding.
Victoza is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, foot care, eye care, dental care, and testing your blood sugar.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Victoza: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- swelling or a lump in your throat area;
- hoarse voice, trouble swallowing, feeling short of breath;
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- weakness, confusion, increased thirst, loss of appetite, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
- swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath;
- pancreatitis – severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, fast heart rate; or
- signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, easy bruising or bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums), mouth sores, unusual weakness.
Less serious Victoza side effects may include:
- headache, dizziness;
- upset stomach, loss of appetite;
- nausea, vomiting;
- diarrhea, constipation;
- cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sinus pain, sore throat;
- back pain;
- tired feeling;
- mild skin rash; or
- redness or rash where the medicine was injected.
This is not a complete list of Victoza side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.