July 30, 2014
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Victoza

(liraglutide)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02351064 VICTOZA 6MG/ML SOLUTION (MULTIDOSE PEN-INJECTOR)

How does Victoza work? What will it do for me?

Liraglutide belongs to a group of medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. It is used along with other medications to improve blood glucose (sugar) levels for people with type 2 diabetes. It works by helping your body make more insulin and control blood glucose levels.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Victoza?

The recommended adult starting dose of liraglutide is 0.6 mg daily injected under the skin on your stomach area (abdomen), upper thigh, or upper arm, exactly as instructed by your doctor or diabetes educator. It can be injected at any time of the day, without regard to meals. After one week, your doctor may increase the dose to 1.2 mg once daily. If needed, your doctor may increase the dose again in one week to 1.8 mg once daily. Do not change your dose unless your doctor had told you to do so.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is very important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, inject your dose on the next day as usual. Do not inject a double dose or increase your dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Liraglutide should be clear and colourless. Do not use liraglutide if you notice particles or anything unusual in the appearance of the solution.

Store this medication in the refrigerator, do not allow it to freeze, and keep it out of the reach of children. After the first use of the pen, this medication can be stored at room temperature for up to 30 days or in the refrigerator. To protect this medication from light, always keep the pen cap on when you are not using it. Always store this medication without a needle attached to prevent contamination, infection, and leakage.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Victoza come in?

Each mL of clear, colourless solution contains liraglutide 6 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: disodium phosphate dihydrate, propylene glycol, phenol, and water for injection.

Who should NOT take Victoza?

Liraglutide should not be used by anyone who:

  • is allergic to liraglutide or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • is pregnant
  • is breast-feeding
  • has a personal or family history of thyroid cancer
  • has multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (a disease where people have tumours in more than one gland in their body)

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