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Victoza - Overview
Victoza (liraglutide) is a medication used to help improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus in conjunction with diet and exercise. Push Health can connect people who might need a Victoza prescription with a medical provider who can prescribe liraglutide / Victoza pen if appropriate to do so.
How Does Victoza Work?
Victoza (liraglutide) belongs to a class of medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1 receptor agonists. Liraglutide is an analog of human GLP-1 and is produced using a process involving recombinant DNA expression. The GLP-1 receptor is found on cell surfaces. Victoza (liraglutide) works by increasing cyclic AMP inside the cell, resulting in the release of insulin and also decreasing the secretion of glucagon. Liraglutide has a half life in the plasma of 13 hours after administration subcutaneously. Victoza is in a similar class of medications as Trulicity.
Victoza Pen - Coupon and Dosing
Victoza (Iiraglutide) is an expensive medication, costing up to $350 per Victoza pen at many pharmacies. Victoza coupons may be available online at times to reduce the cost of the medication. Additionally, insurance plans may provide a similar benefit as a Victoza savings card or coupon by reducing the out-of-pocket cost of the Victoza pen. Victoza is typically administered once daily independent of meals. The initial starting dose is generally Iiraglutide 0.6 mg but depends on the judgment of the prescribing medical provider. The Victoza pen administration occurs subcutaneously in the abdomen, thigh or upper arm. Victoza itself is a clear, colorless solution and liraglutide 6 mg is found in Victoza 1 mL.
Victoza and Weight Loss
Some people have heard of Victoza as being used for weight loss treatment. Can Victoza be used for weight loss? Victoza for weight loss is not a currently approved indication. However, the active ingredient liraglutide in Victoza is utilized in another medication, Saxenda, which is approved for weight loss.
Can I Buy Victoza Online?
Victoza (liraglutide) is available by prescription only and is not available over the counter (OTC). As such, one cannot buy Victoza online legally in the United States without a prescription from a licensed medical provider. People in need of a Victoza prescription, however, can use Push Health to connect with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe a Victoza pen if it is appropriate to do so.
Victoza - Side Effects
Victoza (liraglutide), like other medications, can cause side effects. Side effects from Victoza use include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, decreased appetite and dyspepsia. Victoza can delay gastric emptying and Victoza and alcohol should not be used together. People with hypersensitivity or allergy to Victoza (liraglutide) should not use the medication. Victoza should not be used by people with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or in people with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2. Possible side effects secondary to Victoza use should be discussed with one's medical provider and pharmacist.
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Last updated August 1, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.