When Victoza is prescribed, it is because a doctor has determined that the benefits of this medication are greater than possible risks. Many patients use Victoza every day without complications or notable side effects.
However, there are potential side effects with Victoza you should be aware of if you are taking or considering taking the medication. Victoza side effects are listed below. Also take a moment to watch the video below for more information.
Most Common Victoza Side Effects.
The most common side effects to be aware of are possible stomach upset, heart burn, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, loose stools or constipation or difficulty with bowels movements. Stomach upset will usually decrease as use of the drug continues and the body adapts. However, if any of these side effects increase be sure to tell you doctor.
Allergic Reactions to Victoza.
Allergic reactions are different than Victoza side effects. It’s rare that someone will have a serious allergic reaction to Victoza, but it is possible. An allergic reaction might include hives, skin rash, itching or swelling of the face, gums, tongue or throat, extreme lightheadedness and trouble breathing.
Notify you doctor immediately if any of these occur and seek emergency medical treatment is needed.
Other Concerns with Victoza.
Victoza may delay the digestion of food and the emptying of the stomach. This may impact the performance of other medications and cause weight loss. In fact, Victoza is often prescribed to non-diabetics specifically as a weight loss medication. To learn more about Victoza and weight loss, click here.
Also, the impact of Victoza on pregnant women, unborn children or nursing children has not been determined. It has not been determined if Victoza passes through breast milk to a nursing child.
Doctor and patient must carefully assess the benefits of Victoza against risks, both known and unknown before taking the medication.
Additional Victoza Side Effects and Adverse Reactions.
• Lump, swelling or constriction of throat.
• Voice becomes hoarse or raspy.
• Difficulty swallowing.
• Shortness of breath.
• Harsh pain in the stomach region and spreading to the back
• Symptomatic indications of infection in the body such as fever and chills, aches, sore throat, tenderness and bruising, loss of strength, nosebleeds, tender and bleeding gums, sores in the tissues of the mouth, unexplained weakness.
• Redness or inflammation at the site of injection.
This is only a partial list of the most serious and most common Victoza side effects.
Victoza and Low Blood Sugar.
When used alone Victoza, also known as liraglutide ,usually does not cause low blood sugar, but sometimes when a patient is also taking another medication the two drugs combined can lower the blood sugar to a dangerous level. For this reason, be sure that your doctor and your pharmacist are aware of all the medications you are taking.
Other things that can cause a dangerously low level of blood sugar is drinking alcohol while also taking Victoza, not eating enough food or excessive physical activity.
Symptoms of low blood sugar might include the rapid appearance of sweat for no reason, shaking or trembling, rapid heartbeat, unexplained hunger, fuzzy vision, feeling like you are going to faint, headache, and unexplained tingling in the extremities.
If you have been prescribed Victoza for the treatment of diabetes, it is essential to always have glucose tablets or glucose gel with you wherever you go. If you experience low blood sugar and do not have these commercially produced sources of glucose with you, eat table sugar, honey, candy, fruit juice or regular soda (diet soda will not work).
Living with diabetes requires a modest degree of discipline and awareness to insure you eat something throughout the day to keep you blood sugar at a healthy level.
With this in mind, Victoza may be an essential tool in maintaining proper blood sugar levels.
Who Should Take Victoza?
Victoza is designed to be injected beneath the skin in the abdomen, upper thigh, or upper arm once a day to control blood sugar. The sire of the daily injection and the time may be changed as needed to accommodate changes in dose.
Victoza is a powerful medication that has help thousands of diabetics. However, it is important to be aware of the signs of Victoza side effects, reactions and allergies. And, of course, if ever you experience a change of health regardless of what you suspect the cause might be, seek medical attention.
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