Victoza (liraglutide)

Medically Reviewed on 11/14/2022

Brand Name: Victoza

Generic Name: liraglutide

Drug Class: Antidiabetics, Glucagon-like Peptide-1 Agonists

What is liraglutide? What are the uses for liraglutide?

What brand names are available for liraglutide?


Is liraglutide available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for liraglutide?


What are the side effects of liraglutide?


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What is the dosage for liraglutide?

  • 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.

Which drugs or supplements interact with liraglutide?

  • Victoza slows down the 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 medications tested in studies, it is still prudent to separate the administration of Victoza and oral medications.
  • Combining Victoza with insulin or drugs that stimulate the 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.

Is liraglutide safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • 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.

What else should I know about liraglutide?

What preparations of liraglutide are available?
  • Multiple dose pre-filled pen: 18 mg in 3 ml (6 mg/ml)
How should I keep liraglutide stored?
  • Victoza should be refrigerated between 2-8 C (36-46 F) before the first use.
  • After the first use, it can be stored at room temperature 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F) or refrigerated at 2 C - 8 C (36 F - 46 F).


Victoza (liraglutide) is an injectable medication prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Side effects include sinusitis, back pain, dizziness, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, upper respiratory tract infection. Drug interactions, warnings and precautions, and pregnancy and breastfeeding safety information should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.

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Medically Reviewed on 11/14/2022
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