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Quick summary

Type of medicine

GLP-1 receptor agonist



Active Ingredient


Effective within

Within a few weeks.

Works by

Reduces blood sugar, slows food passage, prevents heart disease

Side effects

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, stomach discomfort, dry mouth, changes in taste

Medication details


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.


For effective use of Victoza, start with a 0.6 mg dose daily for at least one week, following your healthcare provider's guidance to increase the dose to 1.2 mg and potentially 1.8 mg daily for better glucose control. Administer injections subcutaneously at flexible times daily, but maintain a consistent schedule, using the front of the thighs, abdomen, or upper arm as injection sites. Detailed instructions for using the pre-filled pen are provided by healthcare professionals to assist with your diabetes management. Always follow the specific directions given by your healthcare provider.


Victoza contains liraglutide, which is primarily used for managing type 2 diabetes. As a GLP-1 receptor agonist, it functions by enhancing the body’s natural ability to control blood sugar levels through increased insulin production and reduced appetite. This dual action helps lower blood sugar levels and can contribute to weight loss. Victoza is administered through injection and is part of a broader diabetes management plan that includes diet and exercise.

Side Effects

Victoza, containing the active ingredient liraglutide, similar to Saxenda but used primarily for managing type 2 diabetes, also shares similar side effects due to their common active component. Common side effects include gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, and abdominal pain. These symptoms are typically more pronounced when starting the medication but often subside with continued use.


Victoza 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.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on 18 abr 2024, 15:30

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What is Victoza used for?

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.

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