SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of liraglutide are:
- upper respiratory tract infection,
- flu like symptoms,
- back pain, and
- reactions at the injection site.
Combining liraglutide with insulin or drugs that stimulate release of insulin (for example, glyburide) may increase the occurrence of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The dose of insulin or the insulin release stimulating drug should be reduced.
There have been reports of acute pancreatitis associated with the use of liraglutide. Patients developing severe, persistent abdominal pain that might be caused by pancreatitis, should seek prompt medical attention. If pancreatitis is suspected, liraglutide should be discontinued and not started again until the presence of pancreatitis has been excluded.
Liraglutide can cause thyroid tumors that occur more frequently at higher doses and with longer duration of treatment. Since liraglutide is a synthetic protein patients may develop antibodies to liraglutide. Liraglutide antibodies may reduce the effectiveness of liraglutide.
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