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Liraglutide

Generic Name: liraglutide [LIR-a-GLOO-tide]
Brand Names: Saxenda, Victoza
Dosage Form: Subcutaneous solution (18 mg/3 mL)
Drug Class: Incretin mimetics

What is Liraglutide?

This Victoza Liraglutide brand is a combination of exercise and diet to help improve blood sugar control for adults and children who are at least 10 years old with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Victoza can also aid in reducing the risk of heart issues, such as stroke, in adults with the type 2 form of diabetes as well as cardiovascular disease.Victoza isn't used to cure type 1 diabetes.

It is the Saxenda version of Liraglutide, which is used in combination with exercise and diet to aid people in losing weight when they suffer from specific health issues. Saxenda is a good choice for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater and for children who are at least 12 years old and weigh over 130 pounds (60 kilograms).Saxenda is not a treatment for type 1 or type 2 diabetes.Liraglutide can also be employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline.

Side effects Of Liraglutide

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you notice symptoms that are warning signs of an allergic reaction, such as hyperventilation, hives, dizziness, trouble swallowing or breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

Liraglutide can cause severe adverse effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from:

  • Heartbeats that are racing or beating;
  • Victoza isn't used to cure type 1 diabetes.
  • Dehydration symptoms: feeling very hot or thirsty and being in a state of not being able to urinate; heavy sweating or dry and hot skin;
  • Blood sugar levels are low—headache, hunger, sweating, irritability, anxiety, fast heart rate, and feeling nervous or shaky.
  • Gallbladder or pancreas issues—sudden and intense discomfort in your upper stomach, which may extend onto your back. vomiting, nausea, vomiting, fever, jaundice (yellowing of your eyes or skin),
  • Symptoms of thyroid cancer—swelling or a lump appearing in your neck, difficulty swallowing, a hoarse voice, or feeling short of breath.

Common adverse effects of liraglutide could include:

  • Low blood sugar levels;
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and an inability to eat;
  • Diarrhea, constipation;
  • Rash;
  • Headache, dizziness,
  • Feeling exhausted.

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could be present. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Warnings

Avoid using Saxenda and Victoza together.Liraglutide should not be used when you suffer from multiple hormonal neoplasia type 2 (tumors within your glands) and have an individual or family medical history of medullary thyroid cancer.In studies on animals, liraglutide was linked to thyroid tumors and thyroid cancer. It isn't known if the effects are present when people take regular doses.

Contact your doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms of thyroid cancer, for example, an increase in size or lump inside your neck, difficulty swallowing, a hoarse voice, or shortness in your breath,

Before you Take this Drug

Liraglutide is not a good choice when you have an allergy to the drug or are suffering from

  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (tumors within your glands) (tumors in your glands)
  • A personal or family experience of medullary cancer (a kind of thyroid cancer).

It is not recommended to use Saxenda if you are also taking other medications, such as Liraglutide.

Inform your doctor if you have ever suffered from:

  • Stomach problems causing slow digestion;
  • The kidneys or liver illness;
  • High triglycerides (a kind of blood fat);
  • Heart issues;
  • Issues with your pancreas or gallbladder;
  • (if you are taking Saxenda) depression or suicidal thoughts.

In studies on animals, the liraglutide drug caused thyroid tumors and thyroid cancer. It is unclear if these side effects could occur in people who are taking regular doses. Consult your physician about the risk.

Do not take Saxenda when you are pregnant. Weight loss is not a good idea during pregnancy, regardless of whether you're overweight. Stop taking Saxenda and inform your doctor immediately if you find yourself pregnant.

Follow the instructions of your physician about the use of Victoza if you are expecting or pregnant. Controlling diabetes is crucial during pregnancy, and being diagnosed with high blood sugar levels could cause issues for pregnant mothers as well as the baby.It is not recommended to breastfeed when using Liraglutide. Consult your physician about any risks.

How to take Liraglutide?

Follow the directions on the prescription label and review all medication guides and instruction sheets. Your doctor may alter your dosage. Follow the medication exactly as prescribed.Avoid using Saxenda and Victoza together.

Liraglutide is injected beneath the skin at any point during the day, either with or without food. A doctor may show you how to use the drug on your own. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for use that come with your medication. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor for clarification if you aren't sure about the instructions.

Only inject when you are prepared to administer it. Don't use it when the medication has changed color or contains particles. Contact your pharmacist to inquire about the latest medication.Consult your physician if you are suffering from vomiting or diarrhea. It is possible to become dehydrated after taking the drug liraglutide. This can cause kidney failure.

It is possible that you have lower levels of blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and feel extremely hungry, dizzy, and irritable. You may also feel confused and shaky. To manage hypoglycemia, consume or drink a rapid-acting sugar source (fruit juice crackers, hard candy, raisins, or other non-diet drinks).

Your physician may recommend the use of a glucagon injection kit if you suffer from severe hypoglycemia. It is important that your family or friends are aware of the procedure for giving you the injection in the event of an emergency.Also, look out for symptoms of the presence of high levels of blood sugar (hyperglycemia), like an increase in thirst or increased urination.

The levels of blood sugar can be affected by illness, stress, surgery, drinking alcohol, exercising, or avoiding meals. Talk to your physician before making changes to your medication or dosage schedule.Storing empty injection pens: Refrigerate and use until the expiration date.Storage after the first time you use it. Pens should be stored in a fridge or in a room at room temperature.It is available for use in the following 30 days.Do not freeze liraglutide and then throw it away in the event that it has been frozen.

Make use of a needle only once, and then put it inside a puncture-proof "sharps" container. Make sure you follow local or state laws on how to dispose of the container. Be sure to keep it away from your reach for children and pets.

What Happens If I Miss a Dose?

Don't miss the missed dose and proceed to the next scheduled dose. Avoid using two doses at once.Consult your physician for treatment. If you missed three or more doses of Saxenda.

What Happens If I Overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What Should be Avoided?

Do not give the needle, cartridge, or syringe even when the needle has been altered. Sharing these devices could allow diseases or infections to transfer from one person to the next.

Don't use Saxenda in conjunction with other products for weight loss, such as diet pills or appetite suppressants.

Interaction with Other Drugs

Liraglutide may slow down your digestion and delay the time it takes for you to take any medication you are taking by mouth.Discuss with your physician if you are also taking insulin or oral diabetes medications.

Other medications can affect the effects of liraglutide.These include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Discuss with your doctor all the medications you currently use and any medications you begin or stop taking.

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