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Victoza Solution for Injection is a medicine used to lower blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This helps to prevent serious complications of diabetes like kidney damage and blindness. Proper control of diabetes also helps to lower your chances of a heart attack or a stroke.
Victoza Solution for Injection belongs to the GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide) group of diabetes medicines. It works by helping your body produce insulin and by reducing appetite. It also helps to reduce weight in some people. This medicine should be stored in a refrigerator until you need it but do not freeze it.
It is normally injected under the skin once daily. The dose will depend on your condition and what other diabetes medicines you are taking. You can use it at any time of the day with or without food but try to use it at the same time each day to get the most benefit. Your doctor or nurse will show you how and where to inject the medicine. Follow the instructions carefully.
Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor. If you do, your blood sugar levels may increase and put you at risk of serious complications. Remember that it is only part of a treatment program that should also include a healthy diet and regular exercise as advised by your doctor. Your lifestyle plays a big part in controlling diabetes.
The most common side effects of this medicine include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite, indigestion, and constipation. It can also lead to low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) especially if you are also taking other medicines like insulin or sulphonylureas for treatment of diabetes. To prevent this, it is important to have regular meals and always carry a fast-acting source of glucose such as sugary candy or glucose candy with you.
Before using it, let your doctor know if you have any pancreas or stomach problems or severe dehydration (loss of body water), or diabetic ketoacidosis (a complication of diabetes characterized by too much acid and ketones in your blood). This medicine may not be suitable. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before using this medicine. If you experience blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness due to extremely low or high blood sugar, do not drive, use machinery or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can do them safely.