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Indicated for diabetes management but can aid in weight loss as off label

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Victoza - Rightangled
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  • Type of medicine

    Diabetes Medication

  • Effective within

    Varies, based on dosing

  • Works by

    Reduces blood sugar, slows food passage, prevents heart disease

  • Active ingredient


  • Strength

    6 mg/ml

  • Common side effects

    Hypoglycemia, nausea, vomiting, headache, etc.

  • Generic


  • Use with alcohol

    Avoid excessive alcohol consumption



Victoza, also known as liraglutide, is a medication originally developed to manage type 2 diabetes. However, its properties as a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist have shown promise in promoting weight loss and overall health in certain patients. This has led to its off-label use as a weight loss aid, similar to Saxenda. Saxenda is a brand name for liraglutide specifically approved for weight management. Both medications have similarities in their mechanisms of action and potential benefits when used off-label for weight loss.

Every pen is accompanied by x20 needles and includes the sharps bin. During checkout, you have the option to order multiple pens, with a maximum of up to x5 pens.


The effective utilization of Victoza necessitates meticulous adherence to the prescribed regimen. Typically, treatment begins with a starting dose of 0.6 mg administered once a day for a minimum of one week. Upon the guidance of your healthcare provider, this dosage is incrementally increased to 1.2 mg once daily. In instances where blood glucose control remains suboptimal, a further escalation to 1.8 mg per day may be recommended.
Subcutaneous injections are the preferred mode of administering Victoza, involving the delivery of the solution beneath the skin. The recommended injection sites include the front of the thighs, the front of the waist (abdomen), and the upper arm. The flexibility to administer injections at any time of day is afforded, although consistency in timing is encouraged.
Detailed and specific instructions detailing the use of the pre-filled pen are provided by healthcare professionals, ensuring that patients are well-equipped to navigate this aspect of their diabetes management journey.


Victoza derives its potency from its principal active ingredient, liraglutide, which plays a central role in regulating blood sugar levels. Beyond liraglutide, each pre-filled pen incorporates additional components to ensure the solution's stability and safety. Disodium phosphate dihydrate, propylene glycol, phenol, and water for injections collectively contribute to the integrity of Victoza.

Side effects

As with any medication, Victoza is accompanied by a spectrum of potential side effects. While commonplace reactions encompass nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, indigestion, and increased pulse, rarer but more severe effects may surface. Instances of severe allergic reactions, bowel obstruction, and inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) have been reported. Vigilance is key, and any manifestation of severe abdominal pain should prompt immediate medical consultation, as it could signify pancreatitis.
A noteworthy consideration pertains to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), particularly when Victoza is employed concurrently with other diabetes medications. Healthcare professionals proactively educate patients on recognizing and managing episodes of low blood sugar.


Prudent precautions and warnings must be observed when embarking on Victoza treatment. This medication is contraindicated for individuals with type 1 diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, severe kidney disease necessitating dialysis, severe liver disease, or severe heart failure. Likewise, it is cautioned against those contending with certain gastrointestinal conditions. Immediate medical consultation is imperative in the presence of symptoms indicative of acute pancreatitis, such as persistent abdominal pain.
Special attention must be accorded to pregnant and breastfeeding individuals. Given the uncertainty surrounding the effects of Victoza on the unborn child and breast milk, cautious consideration and consultation with healthcare providers are paramount.

Patient information leaflet

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Who can benefit from Victoza?

Victoza is intended for adults with type 2 diabetes. It is used when blood sugar levels are not adequately controlled through diet and exercise alone or in combination with other diabetes medications.

Can Victoza cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)?

Yes, hypoglycemia can occur, especially when Victoza is used alongside other diabetes medications like insulin or sulfonylureas. It's essential to be aware of the warning signs of low blood sugar and to follow your healthcare provider's recommendations for managing it.

Can Victoza be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Victoza should not be used during pregnancy due to potential risks to the unborn child. Its safety during breastfeeding is not fully established, so consult your healthcare provider for guidance in these situations.

Are there any specific conditions where Victoza should not be used?

Yes, Victoza is not recommended if you have type 1 diabetes, severe kidney disease requiring dialysis, severe liver disease, severe heart failure, or certain gastrointestinal conditions. If you have concerns about your health condition, consult your doctor.

How should Victoza be stored?

Before opening, store Victoza in a refrigerator (2°C–8°C). Once opened, it can be stored for up to 1 month at a temperature below 30°C or in the refrigerator. Protect it from freezing and light. Do not use it if the solution is not clear or almost colorless.

Medically reviewed and published

This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead |

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