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Available by prescription only, liraglutide is a drug used to control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. It is injected once a day and comes in the form of a prefilled pen. Most people tolerate it well, but side effects are possible. The most common side effects reported with this drug include nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

What Is Liraglutide?

Liraglutide (Victoza®) is a prescription medication approved to help control blood sugar, when used in combination with diet and exercise, in people with type 2 diabetes. It is a once-daily, noninsulin, injectable medication.
(Click What Is Liraglutide Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with liraglutide. However, not everyone who takes drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
The most common side effects seen with this medication include:
(Click Side Effects of Liraglutide to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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