Victoza (liraglutide)

Medically Reviewed By Brittany A. Duke, PharmD, RPh

This drug has a boxed warning Trusted Source PubMed Central Highly respected database from the National Institutes of Health Go to source , the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A boxed warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous.

Liraglutide, the active drug in Victoza, can cause thyroid C tumors in animals. However, it’s not known whether Victoza increases the risk of thyroid cancer in people.

Due to this possible risk, doctors typically will not prescribe Victoza if:

  • you or a member of your family have had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC)
  • you have a rare form of cancer called multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2)

To learn more, see the “ Victoza: Precautions” section below.

About Victoza

Victoza is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the following uses.

  • Doctors prescribe Victoza to help manage blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. For this use, Victoza is prescribed in combination with changes in diet and exercise.
  • Doctors prescribe Victoza for this use in adults with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. For this use, it’s prescribed to reduce the risk of the following cardiovascular conditions:

This drug has certain limitations of use. For details about these limitations, type 2 diabetes, and how the drug treats this condition, see “Victoza: Uses” below.

Key points

The following table provides key facts about Victoza.

Active drug liraglutide
Drug class glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists
Form solution inside prefilled pens that’s given by subcutaneous injection

Finding a healthcare professional

If you’re interested in taking this drug, search here to find a doctor who might prescribe it.

Victoza: Generic

Victoza contains the active drug liraglutide. It only comes as a brand-name medication. And it isn’t currently available as a generic drug.

A generic is an identical copy of the active drug found in a brand-name medication. Generics typically cost less than brand-name drugs.

Victoza: Victoza and weight loss

Victoza isn’t prescribed for weight loss. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved it for this use. However, due to the way the drug works, Victoza may cause weight loss in some people.

Victoza makes food move more slowly from your stomach into your intestines. So it can make you feel fuller than usual after eating. This can reduce your calorie intake, which may lead to weight loss.

In Victoza’s clinical studies, adults lost an average of between 0.4 and 7.3 pounds (0.2 and 3.3 kilograms) over 26 weeks. The amount of weight loss varied. It depended on the dosage of Victoza taken and other diabetes drugs being used. (Keep in mind that Victoza is prescribed to help treat type 2 diabetes.)

If you have type 2 diabetes, weight loss may help improve your condition. However, the FDA has not approved Victoza for use as a weight loss aid. There’s no recommended dosing for weight loss. In addition, the drug should not be taken solely for this use.

If you’re interested in finding a treatment to aid weight loss, talk with your doctor about other available treatments. For example, they can tell you about liraglutide (Saxenda). This is a weight loss medication that contains the same active drug as Victoza.

Victoza: Side effects

As with most drugs, it’s possible to have side effects with Victoza. These can include some mild side effects but also some serious ones.

To learn more about Victoza’s side effects, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may also provide information about managing certain side effects of this drug.

Note: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tracks side effects of drugs it has approved. If you would like to notify the FDA about a side effect you’ve had with Victoza, you can do so through MedWatch.

Mild and serious side effects

Mild and serious side effects of Victoza are listed below. This article does not include all of Victoza’s possible side effects.

Mild side effects

Mild side effects* of Victoza may include:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • indigestion
  • constipation
  • reduced appetite
  • headache
  • upper respiratory infection, such as the common cold
  • back pain
  • injection site reactions, such as rash, and redness or discoloration
  • mild allergic reaction

Most times, mild side effects of a drug go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if any side effects become severe or don’t go away.

* This is not a complete list of Victoza’s mild side effects. To learn about other mild side effects of this drug, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Or you can view the drug’s prescribing information.
† To learn more about allergic reaction, see below. An allergic reaction is possible after taking Victoza. However, it’s not clear whether this side effect occurred in clinical studies.

Serious side effects

Serious side effects of Victoza may include:

Serious side effects from Victoza aren’t common, but they are possible. If you have serious side effects, call your doctor right away. However, if you’re having a medical emergency or your symptoms feel life threatening, call 911 or a local emergency number.

* Victoza has a boxed warning Trusted Source PubMed Central Highly respected database from the National Institutes of Health Go to source for this side effect. A boxed warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. For more information about this side effect, see the “Victoza: Precautions” section below.
† To learn more about allergic reaction, see below. An allergic reaction is possible after taking Victoza. However, it’s not clear whether this side effect occurred in clinical studies.

Victoza’s side effects in children

Doctors prescribe Victoza to help manage blood sugar levels in children ages 10 years and older with type 2 diabetes.

Victoza’s side effects in children are generally the same as side effects in adults. Examples of these are listed in the “Mild and serious side effects” section directly above.

That said, children are more likely than adults to have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) with Victoza. In adults, hypoglycemia typically only occurs in people taking insulin or sulfonylurea drugs, such as glipizide (Glucotrol XL). In children, hypoglycemia may occur with Victoza regardless of other diabetes medications the child takes.

If your child is prescribed Victoza, talk with their doctor about symptoms of hypoglycemia you should watch for. They can also let you know how this side effect should be treated.

Allergic reaction

As with most drugs, some people can have an allergic reaction after taking Victoza. A more severe allergic reaction is rare but possible.

It’s not clear whether this side effect happened in clinical studies. However, allergic reaction has been reported since the drug was approved for use.

Possible symptoms of mild and serious allergic reactions are listed in the table below.

Mild allergic reaction symptoms Serious allergic reaction symptoms
flushing swelling under your skin, possibly in your hands, feet, lips, or eyelids
rash swelling in your throat or mouth
itching trouble breathing

If you have an allergic reaction to Victoza, call your doctor right away. This is important because the reaction could become severe.

However, if you’re having a medical emergency or your symptoms feel life threatening, call 911 or a local emergency number.

Victoza: Dosage

Below, you’ll find dosages that are commonly recommended for Victoza. However, you should take the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. They’ll recommend the dosage that’s best for your needs.

Most often, doctors start by prescribing a low dosage of Victoza. Then, they’ll change the dosage over time to an amount that’s right for the condition being treated. Doctors typically prescribe the smallest dosage that gives the desired outcome.

The dosage of Victoza that your doctor prescribes will depend on factors such as:

  • your age
  • your blood sugar levels
  • any health conditions you have
  • side effects you may have with Victoza

Victoza’s forms and strengths

Victoza is available as follows.

  • Form: solution inside prefilled pens that’s given by subcutaneous injection
  • Strength: 18 milligrams (mg) in 3 milliliters (mL) of solution

Victoza’s recommended dosages

Recommended dosages for Victoza in adults and children are described below.

Adult dosage

Recommended dosages for Victoza in adults are as follows:

  • Starting dosage: 0.6 mg once per day for 1 week
  • Maintenance dosage: 1.2 mg once per day
  • Maximum dosage: 1.8 mg once per day, if blood sugar levels are not managed well enough after taking 1.2 mg per day for at least 1 week

Child dosage

Recommended dosages for Victoza in children ages 10 years and older are as follows:

  • Starting dosage: 0.6 mg once per day
  • Maintenance dosage:
    • 0.6 mg once per day, or
    • 1.2 mg once per day, if blood sugar levels are not managed well enough after taking 0.6 mg per day for at least 1 week
  • Maximum dosage: 1.8 mg once per day, if blood sugar levels are not managed well enough after taking 1.2 mg per day for at least 1 week

Dosage considerations

Below are some things to consider about Victoza’s dosage.

  • Missing a dose. If you miss a dose of Victoza, skip the missed dose. Then, take your next dose as scheduled. Don’t take two doses together to make up for a missing a dose. If you miss more than three doses in a row, talk with your doctor. They may recommend restarting treatment with a dosage of 0.6 mg once per day to help prevent side effects. Try these medication reminder options to help avoid missing doses. You could also set an alarm, use a timer, or download a reminder app on your phone.
  • Length of treatment. Doctors typically prescribe Victoza as a long-term treatment. You’ll likely take it long term if you and your doctor feel it’s safe and effective for your condition.

Victoza: Questions you may have

Here are some common questions about Victoza and brief answers to them. If you’d like to know more about these topics, ask your doctor.

Is Victoza a type of insulin?

No, Victoza is not a type of insulin. Instead, it’s a type of drug called a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist.

Doctors prescribe Victoza to help manage blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. One of the ways Victoza works is by making your body produce more insulin. This helps reduce blood sugar in your body.

However, it also works in other ways to lower blood sugar. See the “Victoza: How it works” section below for more information about this.

Can Victoza be used for PCOS?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t approved Victoza to treat polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). However, doctors may sometimes prescribe it off-label for this use. (With off-label use, doctors prescribe a drug for a purpose other than what it’s approved for.)

PCOS is a hormonal disorder that’s common in young females.* It can cause:

Some research has found that liraglutide (the active drug in Victoza) can improve many of these symptoms. It’s been found to aid weight loss, lower testosterone levels, and regulate periods. It may also help females with PCOS become pregnant. However, further research into the safety and effectiveness of using liraglutide for PCOS is needed.

If you’re interested in finding a treatment for PCOS, talk with your doctor.

* Sex and gender exist on spectrums. In this article, use of the term “female” refers to sex assigned at birth.

Will I take Victoza with metformin?

You might. Metformin (Riomet, Fortamet, Glumetza) is one of the first medications doctors prescribe for type 2 diabetes. (Keep in mind that Victoza is prescribed to help treat type 2 diabetes.)

If metformin doesn’t control your blood sugar well enough, your doctor may recommend taking Victoza as well. Talk with your doctor if you have questions about which medications might work best to help treat your condition.

Victoza: Alternatives

Doctors may prescribe drugs other than Victoza for type 2 diabetes. Certain drugs may work better for you than others.

Victoza is used to treat type 2 diabetes. Here’s a summary of other drugs that doctors sometimes prescribe for type 2 diabetes.

To learn more about some alternatives of Victoza, view the following articles:

For additional information about alternatives to Victoza, ask your doctor. They can tell you about other medications that could be prescribed for your condition.

Victoza: How to inject

Your doctor will recommend how you should take Victoza. It’s important to take the drug exactly as your doctor instructs.

Victoza comes as a solution in a prefilled pen and is given by subcutaneous injection. Your healthcare professional will teach you how to inject Victoza. The drug’s manufacturer also provides detailed instructions for using the pen.

Your Victoza pen should be used with Novo Nordisk disposable needles. You should always use a new needle for each injection.

Victoza injection sites

Victoza can be injected in the following areas:

  • abdomen
  • thigh
  • upper arm

Each time you take a dose of Victoza, you should use a different injection site in the area you choose. For example, if you administer your dose in your thigh, inject your next dose in a different part of your thigh. Or you can rotate to another area, such as your abdomen.

Note: If you take Victoza with insulin, you can take both injections in the same area but not too close together. Use injection sites that are a few inches apart. Never mix Victoza and insulin solutions together to take as one injection. This can make both medications less effective.

Questions about taking Victoza

Here’s a list of common questions related to taking Victoza.

  • When should I take Victoza? You should take Victoza once per day. It’s best to get into a routine of taking it at the same time each day. This can help you remember to take your dose. Try these medication reminder options to help avoid missing doses of Victoza. You could also set an alarm, use a timer, or download a reminder app on your phone.
  • Do I need to take Victoza with food? No, you don’t. You can take Victoza either with or without food.
  • Is there a best time of day to take Victoza? There’s no best time of day to take Victoza. You can administer your injection at any time of day.

Victoza: Consuming alcohol during treatment

Victoza hasn’t been reported to interact with alcohol.

However, consuming alcohol with Victoza may raise your risk of certain side effects. These include:

  • nausea
  • indigestion
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level)

If you drink alcohol, talk with your doctor about how much, if any, is safe to consume with Victoza.

Victoza: Interactions

Victoza may interact with other medications, certain supplements, and certain foods.

Different interactions can cause different effects. Some interactions can interfere with a drug’s effectiveness. Others can increase a drug’s side effects or cause them to be severe.

Before you start Victoza, be sure to tell your doctor about any medications, herbs, vitamins, or supplements you take. They can check for any possible interactions between these products and Victoza.

If any of the interactions listed below might pertain to you, talk with your doctor. They can tell you what you need to do to avoid the interaction.

  • Victoza and oral medications. Victoza slows the movement of food and drink from your stomach into your intestines. So it may affect the absorption of oral medications into your body. If you take any oral medications with Victoza, your doctor may check that these are still effective for you.
  • Victoza and certain other diabetes medications. Taking Victoza in combination with certain other diabetes medications can raise your risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level). Your doctor may lower your dosage of these medications if you take them together with Victoza. Examples include:
  • Victoza and herbs and supplements. Victoza isn’t known to interact with any herbs or supplements.
  • Victoza and foods to avoid. Victoza isn’t known to interact with any foods.

For information about drug-condition interactions, see the “Victoza: Precautions” section below.

Victoza: Cost

As with other medications, prices for Victoza may vary. The drug’s price will depend on factors such as:

Cost considerations for Victoza

Here are some things to consider when looking into the cost of Victoza.

Option for a 90-day supply. For some drugs, it’s possible to get a 90-day supply. If this option is approved by your insurance company, it can help lower the cost of the drug. It can also help you avoid frequent trips to your pharmacy. If you’d like to learn more about this option, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance company.

Need for prior authorization. Before insurance coverage for Victoza is approved, your insurance company may require prior authorization. In this case, your doctor and insurance company will communicate about your prescription for Victoza. Then, the insurance company will decide if the drug will be covered. To find out if you need prior authorization for Victoza, contact your insurance company.

Possible cost assistance options. Financial assistance to help lower the cost of Victoza is available. The Patient Assistance Program for Victoza may help reduce its cost. To learn more and see if you’re eligible for support, call 866-310-7549 or visit the manufacturer’s website. Also, check out this article to learn about ways to save on prescription drugs.

Use of a mail-order pharmacy. Victoza may be dispensed through mail-order pharmacies. Getting your prescription through a mail-order pharmacy could lower its cost. It can also allow you to get the drug without leaving home. To find out more about this option, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance company.

Availability of a generic form. Victoza doesn’t come in a generic form. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. Typically, generics cost less than brand-name drugs.

Victoza: Uses

Prescription drugs, such as Victoza, are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain conditions. Doctors sometimes prescribe drugs off-label for other conditions. With off-label use, doctors prescribe a drug for a purpose other than what it’s approved for.

Using Victoza for treating type 2 diabetes

Victoza is approved to treat type 2 diabetes in adults and children ages 10 years and older. Doctors prescribe it in combination with changes in diet and exercise to help manage blood sugar levels.

The hormone insulin usually regulates your blood sugar levels. Insulin helps cells in your body remove sugar from your blood. It also helps your liver store excess sugar for later use.

However, with type 2 diabetes, cells in your body stop responding to insulin as well as they used to. Over time, your body may also stop producing as much insulin as usual. These problems cause your blood sugar levels to become too high.

Symptoms of high blood sugar can include:

  • frequent urination
  • excessive thirst
  • frequent thrush infections
  • blurry vision
  • fatigue
  • weight loss

High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels, nerves, and organs in your body. This can lead to complications of diabetes. These include nerve problems, kidney problems, and trouble with eyesight.

Victoza helps lower your blood sugar levels. It also helps improve how well your blood sugar is managed over time. Long-term management of blood sugar levels can help prevent complications of type 2 diabetes.

Using Victoza for reducing risks in certain people with type 2 diabetes

Victoza is approved to reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events in adults with both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Doctors may prescribe it to reduce the risk of:

Cardiovascular disease is a common complication of type 2 diabetes. It develops when long-term high blood sugar levels damage your heart and blood vessels. This damage can reduce the supply of blood and oxygen to your heart or brain. This can lead to events such as heart attack or stroke.

Victoza helps to lower your blood sugar levels and improve how well your blood sugar is managed over time. This can help prevent worsening of cardiovascular disease. It can also lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Victoza’s limitations of use

The manufacturer of Victoza has noted some limitations to the drug’s use. These are situations in which the drug may not be prescribed.

Victoza should not usually be prescribed:

  • to treat type 1 diabetes
  • in combination with other medications containing liraglutide (the active drug in Victoza), such as Saxenda

Taking Victoza with other therapies

You’ll likely take Victoza in combination with other medications for type 2 diabetes, such as metformin (Riomet, Fortamet, Glumetza). Doctors typically prescribe Victoza as an add-on treatment if other drugs don’t manage your blood sugar well enough.

Your doctor will prescribe Victoza in combination with eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. These measures help manage your blood sugar levels. Your doctor, diabetes specialist, or nutritionist can help develop a diet and exercise program that works for you.

Using Victoza in children

Victoza is approved to manage blood sugar levels in children ages 10 years and older with type 2 diabetes. To learn more about this use, see “Using Victoza for treating type 2 diabetes” above.

Finding a healthcare professional for Victoza

If you’re interested in taking Victoza, you can find a doctor who may prescribe it by searching here. To prepare for your appointment, you may find it helpful to visit the appointment guide for diabetes.

Victoza: How it works

Doctors prescribe Victoza for the following uses in people with type 2 diabetes:

To learn more about these conditions, see the “Victoza: Uses” section above.

What happens with type 2 diabetes

With type 2 diabetes, you have problems with how your body uses or produces a hormone called insulin. Insulin usually helps cells in your body remove sugar from your blood. It also helps your liver store excess sugar. These problems with insulin production or use can lead to high blood sugar levels.

Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and organs in your body, including your heart. This can raise your risk of complications of diabetes. These include cardiovascular disease, which increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

What Victoza does

Victoza helps lower high blood sugar levels. Its mechanism of action is to produce the same effects in your body as the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). (A drug’s mechanism of action is how it works.) GLP-1 helps regulate your blood sugar levels and appetite.

Victoza is a type of drug called a GLP-1 agonist. It has the following effects:

  • It makes your body produce more insulin when your blood sugar level rises.
  • It stops your liver from releasing sugar into your blood.
  • It slows the movement of food and drink from your stomach into your intestines. This makes your blood sugar rise more slowly after eating or drinking.
  • It makes you feel fuller than usual after eating a meal, so you may eat less.

These effects help improve the management of your blood sugar levels over time. This can help prevent complications of diabetes. And if you have cardiovascular disease, it can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.

How long does Victoza take to start working?

When you first start Victoza, you’ll take a low dosage to allow your body to get used to the medication. This can help prevent digestive side effects, such as nausea.

In adults, the starting dosage doesn’t lower blood sugar levels. Instead, Victoza starts working to lower your blood sugar soon after your doctor increases your dosage. They’ll do this after you use the drug for 1 week. However, in children, the starting dosage of Victoza should begin working right away to lower blood sugar levels.

It may take a few weeks before the full effect on your blood sugar can be seen. Your doctor will likely monitor your progress with blood tests to check whether the drug is working well for you.

Victoza: Taking while pregnant

Doctors aren’t sure whether Victoza is safe to take during pregnancy. The drug hasn’t been studied in pregnant people. In animal studies, Victoza had harmful effects when given to pregnant animals. However, animal studies don’t always predict what will happen in people.

If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking Victoza.

Victoza and birth control needs

Doctors aren’t sure whether it’s safe to take Victoza during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about your birth control needs with Victoza if you’re sexually active and you or your partner can become pregnant. Your doctor can recommend if you should use birth control with this medication.

Victoza: Taking while breastfeeding

Doctors aren’t sure whether Victoza is safe to take while breastfeeding. It’s not known whether Victoza passes into breast milk. In animal studies, Victoza passed into the milk of lactating animals. However, animal studies don’t always predict what will happen in people.

If you’re breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, talk with your doctor about whether Victoza is right for you. Your doctor can also advise you on the best way to feed your child if you take Victoza.

Victoza: Precautions

This drug comes with several precautions.

FDA warning: Risk of thyroid cancer

This drug has a boxed warning Trusted Source PubMed Central Highly respected database from the National Institutes of Health Go to source , the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A boxed warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous.

Liraglutide (the active drug in Victoza) can cause thyroid C tumors in animals. However, it’s not known whether Victoza increases the risk of thyroid cancer in people.

Due to the possible risk, doctors typically will not prescribe Victoza if:

  • you or a member of your family have had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC)
  • you have a rare form of cancer called multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2)

While taking Victoza, call your doctor if you have any symptoms of thyroid cancer. These may include:

  • swelling or a lump in your neck
  • trouble swallowing
  • a hoarse voice that doesn’t go away
  • shortness of breath

Other precautions

Tell your doctor about your health history before starting treatment with Victoza. Your doctor may not recommend this medication if you have certain factors affecting your health or specific medical conditions. These situations are considered drug-condition interactions.

These factors and conditions include those listed below.

  • Kidney failure. Victoza may cause and worsen kidney failure. This is especially the case if you become dehydrated while taking it. If you have kidney failure, your doctor will likely monitor your kidney function while you take Victoza. If you have vomiting or diarrhea while taking Victoza, drink plenty of fluids to help prevent dehydration.
  • History of pancreatitis. Victoza may rarely cause pancreatitis. Doctors aren’t sure whether having pancreatitis in the past may raise your risk of this side effect. If you have a history of pancreatitis, talk with your doctor about whether Victoza is right for you.
  • Slow stomach emptying. Victoza slows down the movement of food and liquid from your stomach into your intestines. If you have gastroparesis (which may be caused by nerve problems), talk with your doctor about whether Victoza is safe for you.
  • Allergic reaction, including to other GLP-1 agonists. Your doctor will likely not prescribe Victoza if you’ve had an allergic reaction to it or any of its ingredients. To find out about other treatment options, talk with your doctor. In addition, doctors aren’t sure whether it’s safe to take Victoza if you’ve had an allergic reaction to other drugs in the same class. This drug class is called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists. Besides Victoza, other drugs in this class include semaglutide (Rybelsus) and dulaglutide (Trulicity). Tell your doctor if you’ve ever had a reaction to a GLP-1 agonist. If you have, they may prescribe a treatment other than Victoza for your condition.
  • Pregnancy. Doctors aren’t sure whether Victoza is safe to take during pregnancy. If you’d like information about taking Victoza while pregnant, view the “Victoza: Taking while pregnant” section above.
  • Breastfeeding. Doctors aren’t sure whether Victoza is safe to take while breastfeeding. If you’d like information about taking Victoza while breastfeeding, view the “Victoza: Taking while breastfeeding” section above.

To learn more about effects of Victoza that could be harmful, see the “Victoza: Side effects” section above.

Victoza: Overdose

Serious effects can occur if you use more than the recommended dosage of Victoza. Do not use more Victoza than your doctor recommends.

Symptoms of overdose

Symptoms that an overdose could cause include:

  • severe nausea
  • severe vomiting
  • severe hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar level)

What to do in case of overdose

Call your doctor if you think you’ve taken too much of this drug. Also, you can call the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 800-222-1222 or use its online tool. However, if your symptoms are severe, call 911 or a local emergency number. Or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Victoza: Expiration, storage, and disposal

Here’s some information about Victoza’s expiration date, as well as how to store and dispose of the drug.

Expiration. Your pharmacist will add an expiration date to the label on Victoza’s packaging. This date is usually 1 year from the date the medication was dispensed to you. Expiration dates help ensure that a medication is effective during a period of time.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises Trusted Source Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Governmental authority Go to source that you avoid taking expired drugs. If you have an unused medication and it’s past the drug’s expiration date, talk with your pharmacist. They can let you know whether you might still be able to use the medication.

Storage. Many factors determine how long a medication remains good to use. These factors include how and where you store the drug. Before you first use Victoza pens, they should be stored in a refrigerator at a temperature of 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze Victoza. Don’t use Victoza if it has been frozen. Once in use, Victoza can be kept in the fridge. Or it can be kept at a room temperature of 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C) for up to 30 days.

After taking an injection of Victoza, always remove the needle and safely dispose of it. Store the pen with the cap on and away from heat and sunlight.

Disposal. Dispose of any used needles right after using them. You can safely dispose of these items in an FDA-approved sharps container Trusted Source Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Governmental authority Go to source . Doing so helps prevent others, including children and pets, from accidentally taking the drug. It also helps them avoid harm from needles.

If you’d like to buy a sharps container, you can find options online. Or ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health insurance company where you can purchase one. Your pharmacist can give you more information about disposing of Victoza. Also, check out this page for several tips on safe medication disposal.

Victoza: Questions for your doctor

If you have questions about Victoza, talk with your doctor. They can help advise you on whether Victoza could be a good treatment option for you.

Here’s a list of questions you may want to ask your doctor:

  • Do Victoza injections hurt?
  • How effective is Victoza?
  • Does Victoza have any long-term side effects?

Your doctor may also tell you about other treatment options for your condition. You may find this article helpful in learning about alternative drugs. And view our selection of videos on diabetes and heart health.

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Medical Reviewer: Brittany A. Duke, PharmD, RPh
Last Review Date: 2022 Oct 24
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