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Victoza contains the active substance liraglutide. It helps your body lower your blood sugar level only when this sugar level is too high. It also slows food down your stomach and can help prevent heart disease.

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What is Victoza?

Victoza contains the active substance liraglutide. It helps your body lower your blood sugar level only when this sugar level is too high. It also slows food down your stomach and can help prevent heart disease.

How does it work?

The action of liraglutide is mediated through a specific interaction with GLP-1 receptors, which causes an increase in cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). Liraglutide stimulates insulin secretion in a glucose-dependent way. Simultaneously, liraglutide decreases inadequately elevated glucagon secretion, also in a glucose-dependent manner. So when blood glucose is high, insulin secretion is stimulated and glucagon is inhibited. In contrast, during hypoglycemia, liraglutide decreases insulin secretion and does not affect glucagon secretion. The hypoglycemic mechanism also implies a slight delay in gastric emptying. Liraglutide reduces body weight and body fat mass through mechanisms that involve a reduction in appetite and calorie intake.

What are the benefits of taking it?

Victoza is used by itself if your blood sugar level is not adequately controlled by diet and exercise alone, and you cannot use metformin (another diabetes medicine).

Victoza is used together with other diabetes medicines when these are not enough to control your blood sugar level. These might be:

oral antidiabetics [such as metformin, pioglitazone, sulfonylurea, sodium-glucose cotransporter inhibitor type 2] and/or insulin.

How do I use it and its dosage?

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. If in doubt, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse again.

The starting dose is 0.6 mg once a day, for at least a week. Your doctor will tell you when to increase that dose to 1.2 mg once a day. Your doctor may instruct you to continue increasing the dose to 1.8 mg once a day if your blood glucose is not adequately controlled with a 1.2 mg dose.

Do not change the dose unless your doctor tells you to.

Victoza is given as an injection under the skin (subcutaneous). Do not inject it into a vein or muscle. The best injection sites are the front of the thigh, the abdomen, or the upper arm.

The injection can be given at any time of the day, regardless of meals. Once you have decided on the most convenient time of day, it is preferable that Victoza is injected around the same time of day.

Before using the pen for the first time, your doctor or nurse will show you how to use it.

Side effects & precautions

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Serious side effects

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level). Warning symptoms of a drop in blood sugar may appear suddenly and include cold sweat, cold and pale skin, headache, palpitations, nausea, excessive appetite, visual disturbances, drowsiness, feeling weak, nervousness, anxiety, confusion, difficulty concentrating and tremors. Your doctor will tell you how to treat low blood sugar and what to do if you notice these warning symptoms. This is more likely to happen if you also use a sulfonylurea or insulin. Your doctor may reduce your dose of these medications before you start using Victoza.

Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people

  • A severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic reaction) with additional symptoms such as breathing problems, swelling of the throat and face, palpitations, etc. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately and see your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Intestinal obstruction. A severe form of constipation with additional symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating, vomiting, etc.

Very rare: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people

  • Cases of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Pancreatitis can be a serious and life-threatening illness. Stop using Victoza and contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following serious side effects:

severe and persistent pain in the abdomen (stomach area) that can reach the back, as well as nausea and vomiting, as it could be a sign of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).

Other adverse effects

Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people

  • This effect normally disappears over time.
  • This effect normally disappears over time.

When Victoza treatment is started, fluid loss/dehydration may be experienced in some cases. For example in the case of vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. It is important to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids.

  • Headache
  • indigestion
  • Inflamed stomach (gastritis). Symptoms include stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Symptoms include heartburn.
  • Swollen belly (abdomen) or abdominal pain
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • constipation
  • Gases (flatulence)
  • Decreased appetite
  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold
  • dizziness
  • Accelerated pulse
  • Fatigue
  • Toothache
  • Injection site reactions (bruising, pain, irritation, itching, and rash).
  • Increased pancreatic enzymes (such as lipase and amylase).

Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • Allergic reactions such as itching (itching) and hives (a type of skin rash)
  • Dehydration, sometimes with decreased kidney function
  • Discomfort (not feeling well)
  • Stones in the gallbladder
  • Inflamed gallbladder
  • Delay in gastric emptying.

Buying Victoza online.

You can buy Victoza Liraglutide Injection online through one of the UK’s leading online pharmacies, Pharmacy Planet. It's easy and convenient. You will need to fill out a short assessment and the item will be delivered directly to your door. If you want to buy Diabetes Injections online, use Pharmacy Planet, a UK pharmacy you can trust.

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