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Side Effects of Liraglutide

Although most people do not have problems while taking liraglutide, side effects are possible. For example, diarrhea, nausea, and constipation are some of the most common reactions reported with the drug. In rare cases, dangerously low blood sugar can occur during treatment. However, this is more likely to happen if liraglutide is combined with other medications that lower blood sugar.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Liraglutide

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with liraglutide (Victoza®). However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible liraglutide side effects. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Liraglutide Side Effects

Some side effects with liraglutide are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. Some of the warning signs of these serious reactions include:
  • Signs or symptoms of a thyroid tumor, such as:
    • A lump in the neck
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Shortness of breath
    • A persistent hoarse voice
  • Signs or symptoms of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), such as:
    • Severe, persistent abdominal pain (stomach pain), sometimes radiating to the back
    • Vomiting
  • Symptoms of dangerously low blood sugar, such as:
    • Extreme hunger
    • Blurry vision
    • Dizziness
    • Shakiness
    • Changes in behavior, such as irritability or mood swings
    • Loss of coordination
    • Cold sweats
    • Difficulty speaking
    • Sweating
    • Confusion
    • Seizures
    • Unconsciousness
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • An unexplained rash
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing or other difficulty breathing.
Liraglutide is unlikely to cause dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) when used by itself. However, combining it with other medications that lower blood sugar may increase such risks. Always follow your healthcare provider's instructions for monitoring your blood sugar.
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