Victoza (liraglutide)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

DOSAGE:

  • Victoza is injected under the skin of the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm.
  • Each pre-filled pen can deliver 0.6, 1.2, and 1.8 mg doses. The initial dose is 0.6 mg daily for one week.
  • The initial dose helps the body to build a tolerance to stomach related side effects.
  • Victoza is not effective for controlling blood glucose.
  • After one week the dose is increased to 1.2 mg daily.
  • The maximum dose is 1.8 mg daily.

DRUG INTERACTIONS:

  • Victoza slows down transit of food and drugs through the intestine and, therefore, may reduce the absorption of drugs that are taken orally. Although Victoza did not significantly affect the absorption of oral dugs tested in studies, it is still prudent to separate administration of Victoza and oral medications.
  • Combining Victoza with insulin or drugs that stimulate release of insulin (for example, glyburide [Micronase, Diabeta, Glynase, Prestab]) may increase the occurrence of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The dose of insulin or the insulin release stimulating drug should be reduced.

PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING SAFETY:

  • There are no adequate studies of Victoza in pregnant women. Most experts agree that insulin is the drug of choice in pregnant women with diabetes.
  • There are no adequate studies of Victoza in nursing mothers, and it is not known whether Victoza is excreted in human breast milk.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/14/2016

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