Liraglutide Drug Information
An injectable medicine, liraglutide (Victoza®) is a noninsulin drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. It is generally not recommended as a first-line treatment. Instead, liraglutide is usually used when other medications do not adequately control blood sugar or are poorly tolerated. The medicine comes in the form of a prefilled pen and is injected beneath the skin once a day. Common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, and constipation.
To ensure your safety, your healthcare provider will need accurate information on your health history and current medications (including nonprescription drugs). Prior to taking liraglutide, tell your healthcare provider if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- A history (or a family history) of cancer, especially thyroid cancer
- Diabetic gastroparesis.
(For more information on this drug, click Liraglutide. This article takes an in-depth look at how it works, what to expect while taking it, how it performed in clinical trials, and more.)