Clinical Effects of Victoza
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a test used to measure long-term blood sugar control. The higher the HbA1c number, the higher a person's average blood sugar has been over the past few months.
In studies, people taking Victoza, whether alone or in combination with other diabetes medications, lowered their HbA1c by 0.8 to 1.1 percent, on average, while people not taking Victoza had much smaller decreases, or even increases. Similar results were seen with fasting blood sugar measurements; people taking Victoza lowered their fasting blood sugar more than people taking a placebo.
Also, studies have shown that people who took Victoza (alone or in combination with other diabetes medications) lost a little weight, while people taking a placebo or other diabetes medications without Victoza either lost less weight or even gained weight.
When and How to Take ItGeneral considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Victoza include the following:
- This diabetes medication comes in injectable form. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) of the abdomen (stomach), thigh, or upper arm once daily.
- Unlike many other injectable diabetes medications, you can change the injection site and the specific injection time without adjusting your dose. However, it is best to try to stick with one certain time of the day to take this medication in order to be somewhat consistent.
- Victoza comes in prefilled pens. You will need to buy pen needles and you will need a separate prescription for pen needles in order to use the pen. Use a new needle each time you inject this medication.
- Do not inject this medicine into a vein or a muscle. It should be injected just under the skin.
- For this diabetes drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Victoza will not work if you stop taking it. Make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider recommends.