Victoza Z-pak pen injector is the medication used alone or in combination with other medicines, a proper diet, and an exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
The active ingredient in Victoza is Liraglutide, which is similar to a natural hormone (incretin) produced in the body.
Liraglutide works by causing insulin to be released in response to higher blood sugar levels, and decreasing the amount of sugar your liver releases. If your condition requires insulin treatment, Liraglutide will not serve as a replacement.
Controlling blood sugar levels help reduce or eliminate the risk of blood sugar related kidney damage, nerve damage, limb loss, sexual function problems, and blindness.
What is Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition where the body either does not produce enough insulin or resists insulin. Common symptoms of type 2 diabetes include increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger or blurred vision.
How do I use Victoza?
Your doctor or pharmacist or qualified health care professional would show you how this medication is used. Before you start using this medication make sure you read the medication guide provided with it.
Victoza is to be injected under the skin in the upper arm, thigh, or abdomen, usually once daily as directed by your doctor.
Do not combine insulin and Liraglutide as one injection. They should be given separately at separate injection sites (not next to each other).
Your doctor or pharmacist will determine your dosage based on your condition and response to treatment. Furthermore, always check your medication before use for particles or discoloration. If you notice any, discontinue the use of this medication immediately.
In order to avoid the risk of infections, do not share this medication with other persons, even with the needle changed. Use this medication regularly and follow your meal and exercise plans.
What are the side effects of Victoza?
Liraglutide in Victoza may cause:
• Decreased appetite
• Stomach upset
• Other unlisted side effects.
If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor.
Precautions for using Victoza
Inform your doctor of any allergies that you may have before you start using Liraglutide.
Inform your doctor of any history of Kidney disease, pancreatitis, gastroparesis (a stomach or intestinal disorder), mental or mood disorders.
Victoza should only be used when needed during pregnancy. Pregnancy in some cases may cause or worsen diabetes.
Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medication without informing your doctor.
Victoza should be stored in a refrigerator when not in use. Do not freeze. Discard the rest of the medication after 30 days from first use.