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Victoza is a daily injectable prescription antidiabetic drug used to help improve blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It should be used together with a healthy amount of diet and regular exercise. Its active ingredient contains liraglutide.
- HOW IT WORKS?
Victoza (liraglutide) belongs to a specific class of medicines called GLP-1 analogues, which help your body produce more insulin when your blood sugar levels are high. It acts very similar to a hormone that naturally occurs in the body to help control blood sugar, insulin control, and digestion.
Liraglutide leads to insulin release from beta cells located in your pancreas when there are increased levels of blood sugar, like after you eat a meal. The insulin release slows down as your blood sugar levels decrease and approach normal blood sugar levels. Glucagon, which is also produced and released from the pancreas, works in the opposite way of insulin in that it increases blood sugar. Liraglutide also decreases glucagon production and release and increases the rate at which food leaves the stomach.
Always follow the health advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional
The typical starting dose is 0.6 mg once a day for at least the first week of use. Your physician will tell you how long to keep taking this dose. Your dose may then be increased to 1.2 mg one time a day. Your doctor may tell you to increase the dose If your blood sugar is not under control well enough with a dose of 1.2 mg, up to 1.8 mg once a day. Do not change your dosage unless your physician or healthcare professional has specifically told you to.
Victoza and Saxenda both contain the active drug liraglutide. But they’re approved for different uses.
Victoza is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. It’s also approved for this use in children ages 10 years and older. It’s used in combination with improved diet and exercise.
Victoza is also approved to reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events in people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Cardiovascular events include heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular-related death.
Note: Victoza isn’t approved for type 1 diabetes. And it’s not approved to help people lose weight.
Saxenda is FDA-approved to help with long-term weight loss. It’s meant to be used in combination with improved diet and exercise.
Saxenda is used for adults with either:
- A body mass index (BMI) of 30 kilograms per square meter (kg/m2) or greater.
- A BMI of 27 kg/m2 or greater and a weight-related condition. Weight-related conditions include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.
Saxenda is also used for children ages 12 years and older who:
- weigh more than 132 pounds (60 kg) and
- have obesity based on their age, sex, and height (equivalent to an adult BMI of 30 kg/m2 or greater)
Saxenda isn’t approved to improve blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. And it’s not approved for weight loss in children under 12 years old.
Saxenda and Victoza and
Saxenda and Victoza contain the same active drug, but only Saxenda is approved to help with weight loss. Victoza isn’t approved for weight loss.
Some people who take Victoza for type 2 diabetes may lose some weight with the drug. But Saxenda is used in a higher dosage than Victoza. This helps people lose much more weight.
If you’d like to learn more about using Saxenda to lose weight, talk with your doctor