User Reviews for Victoza
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Reviews for Victoza to treat Diabetes, Type 2
"I started Metformin 500 mg. 2 weeks ago and started .6 of Victoza 9 days later. My doctor gave me enough meds (Victoza) for 4 months! I've dropped 12lbs but I feel horrible. Fatigue, nauseated and can't even stand the smell of food. My fasting numbers were 270's and now they're low 140's and 130's. I hope the horrible side effects resolve so these numbers will stabilize and I can drop at least 30 more pounds!"
Ms. Ronnie (taken for less than 1 month) May 20, 2015
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"I started Victoza approximately 6 weeks ago. No real side effects. At first, I couldn't eat at all. No appetite whatsoever. I dropped about 5 pounds in the first 5-8 days, but then the weight came back. I wasn't eating much and still am not but my body seems to have gone in to starvation mode and is holding on to every pound. I also have felt very down and depressed. Don't know if it is from the Victoza or not. I also taken Invokana."
School Teacer (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 19, 2015
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"I will let the results speak for themselves. A1C from 7.2 to 5.9. Weight loss of 53 pounds without dieting. Some of the weight came back so I will need to exercise more or eat less,"
Great A1C and lost weight at the same time (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 1, 2015
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"I've been in victoza for 18 days started with 1.8 since day 1, I was a little weak and constipated for the first 3 days but after that I started to feel good again, so now I only eat 3 little meals a day and I've lost 6 pounds so far from 202 to 196."
Novdemef6 (taken for less than 1 month) April 26, 2015
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"I took victoza for well over a year, and it improved my blood sugar readings tremendously. My A1C had been as high as 9, and it got down to 6.9 with victoza. However, I was sick SO MUCH! Constant diarrhea, burping (the nasty, boiled egg kind), and extreme nausea and vomiting. I finally started tracking my sick days, and in one month I was sick 4 days. And by sick, I mean throwing up every few minutes, all day long. I had several tests done, and the only thing discovered was that I digest food slower than normal, which is what victoza is designed to do, I decided it was probably the victoza making me so sick. I stopped taking it completely, and have not been sick for over month. Blood sugars are not good now, so waiting to see my Dr."
MO-GIRL April 22, 2015
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"Recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and started out with metformin. Metformin did nothing to control my blood sugar. Was put on Victoza and within 3 days blood sugars were normal but have terrible indigestion with horrible rotten egg smell. Got to talk to my doc about that. But I have lost 30 pounds in 2 months while on Victoza. No nausea. But I don't have an appetite which has caused me to eat way less food. Im taking the 1.6 mg dose. Overall satisfied with the medicine but I have read reports of a lot of people getting cancer in their pancreas and thyroids."
Trifitek (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 12, 2015
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"48 years old, diagnosed Type 2 about 4 years ago. In the past year or so I have not been able to control my blood glucose. My A1C at last test was 11.4. I started insulin (Levemir) in Dec. with no effect. Started Victoza 4 days ago at .6mg. I have seen a drop in my BG (from 300's to 250's). The nausea is almost too much to deal with, but I can say that I have absolutely no appetite. I upped my dose to 1.2mg this weekend and we'll see what happens. The Doc said the nausea would go away. I hope she's right. I can't live like this, but I can't live with the BG being so high either. Keeping my fingers crossed that this works, 'cause the doc said the next step could be a pump. My friend was taking it and he ended up with pancreatitis and can't take it anymore"
hiwaygal (taken for less than 1 month) April 7, 2015
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"I have been on Victoza less than a week and at first my sugar went down from 160s to 109. Then it started increasing, back up to 160s. At the same time I started getting severe abdominal and back pain (maybe pancreatitis). I also have severe nausea and just the thought of eating makes my stomach sick. I'm not giving up but have to make a trip back to the doctor."
keboydjr (taken for less than 1 month) April 1, 2015
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"I started this medication one week ago. I was apprehensive to start but I did. I 41 year old female with Type II diabetes. I was diagnosed 7 years ago. I have always had fairly good control but my fasting levels are always difficult to manage. The first night, I was very nauseous! I could not even smell food and I ate sprite and apple sauce for dinner. The next day, I noticed a decrease in appetite but no nausea. I did wake up with headaches for the first 3 days. My numbers have greatly improved! Even my fasting numbers, which were my toughest to control are now under 105; this was never possible before. I have lost 1-2 pounds so far. I do not feel hungryand I fill up faster. I do not have the cravings that I had and can turn away dessert"
Cf1015 (taken for less than 1 month) March 12, 2015
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"I started Victoza later in 2013. I am on Medicare, since I am a Senior Citizen and in Nov. of 2014 I was told I would have to pay $249 a month for it until January. Not wanting to pay that much, I just quit using it for the last two months of 2014. Initially, I had no side effects to the Victoza and had lost weight and the A1C went down to 6.8. But now after starting the Victoza again since January, I am having those awful burps, to the point that I nearly get sick to my stomach. Would it help if I took the shot at night instead of during the day?"
Ta2dldy March 7, 2015
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"I'm a 45 yr old woman, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 4 yrs ago. I was prescribed Metformin, then added glipizide, which made me gain a half a pound a day until I quit taking it 30 days & 15 lbs later. Then I was prescribed Victoza. The first 3 weeks, I was sick to my stomach, all day, every day. I had NO energy at all. I would get out of bed, get dressed & then lay back down - it was really THAT bad. BUT after around the 4th week, I started feeling normal again. My A1C went from 9.2 to 5.4 in just 5 weeks. Now, I am never above 130 -even after have a can of Pepsi. Also, I lost 30lbs in 45 days. Just amazing! Suffer through the initial sickness, don't give up on it, Victoza is a life changer! Victoza website for discount card. I pay $25/month."
T2D under control! February 15, 2015
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"Food no longer taste all that great have to force myself to eat. My sugar levels are good 10 lb lost after 6 weeks (wife not happy). No side effects so far. Small meals are just great. Take home half plate from normal menu choice. Buffet no longer an option. Needles are tiny."
sea view (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 15, 2015
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"This medication along with INVOKANA does the trick. I no longer have to take Humalog or any insulin. Invokana 1.8 does the trick, pen needles are easy, I use a short BD 30 for that I think. I inject that in my right leg always. Not saying that is the best, just easy for me. This medication actually lowered my A1C by helping my muscles to use the sugar better. I have had ZERO side effects. Taken it for a few years now. Highly recommend this. Only two 10 star ratings. This and Invokana!"
DrugExpert101 (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 6, 2015
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"I've been using Victoza for almost 6 weeks and I'm thrilled with the results! My last A1C was abnormally high, at 9.1 I believe due to taking Plexus and Byetta just didn't seem to be as effective anymore. I started Victoza at ..6 and am now taking 1.2 each morning... my readings range 90-110. I am still taking Metformin and the combination seems to be working very well. I do experience light nausea periodically during the day whilst on Victoza which has been beneficial in helping me lose about 14 lbs... nausea combined with an increase in exercise. I had to stop taking glyburide because it bottomed my blood sugar out BIGTIME... which is truly not fun!! Its unfortunate that it's so expensive but definitely worth it!"
PorkchopJ February 4, 2015
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"I've been on Victoza now for just over 2 years. From reading the reviews, I'm one of the lucky ones side-effect wise. In other words, no nausea, increased headaches etc.. I started at .6 and after a month moved up to 1.2 where I have been since that time. I reduced my adjunct Metformin from 1500mg daily to 1000 mg daily. Weight loss has been a nice side effect, especially since it impinges on the illness in the first place. The only issue I have now is that my blood sugar can go low quite easily so will be cutting back the dose to .6 for a test run of a month. Unhealthy high levels of blood sugar are a thing of the past. Hopefully that stays the same at .6."
albion (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 20, 2015
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"It made me feel sick the 1st month at 1.2mg , queasy stomach, not too bad diarrhea, if there is such a thing as good? The biggest thing I noticed was food did not appeal to me at all. I just did not feel like eating anything. And when I did eat something, I felt full on a few bites. This after about 2 months lead to a 36 lb weight drop and an A1c that went from 7.3 to an A1c of 5.6. I have been on it now for 6 months but no more weight loss or gain. 12hr Fasting Glucose is showing from 75-88. I never see levels above the 120's after meals, even sweets. I think the problem with Victoza is that it works almost too good! I think some people will go off their diets or cheat a lot more because they have such low A1c's."
FlyintheOintment2222 January 3, 2015
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"I have been on Victoza now for a little more than 8 mos. When I started, my A1C was at 7.8, after 4 mos. it dropped to 6.7. My last A1C test results, I am now at 5.7!!! I have not ever been below 6.0 since being diagnosed more than 7 years ago! However, the most important thing about this medication is that I have had NO side affects. I've ranged from barely active to moderate/heavily active and other than it helping me lose weight, I have experience ZERO side affects. I prefer this medication over Metformin, as it has done more in 8 mos. than Metformin did in 6 years."
Donna_San Antonio December 17, 2014
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"I have been on Victoza for a 1 1/2 now my A1c are good and I have lost 104lbs using Victoza along with oral diabetic medicines. I love it hope everyone who uses this medicine gets good results like I have. I rate this medicine a 10."
parrot lover December 7, 2014
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"I have been on Victoza for six days now. This is great, way better than Byetta. I had neck surgery and over the past three years, I have received steroid injections and it made me a borderline diabetic. My sugars were fluctuating like a roller coaster until I got on Victoza, now it is great. My blood sugar in the morning is like 80 to 85, and after eating like 115, 120. I will post in a couple weeks."
Infinity(x)infinity December 6, 2014
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"I have just begun this medicine for 2 weeks. I am Type 2 Diabetic for 20 years and didn't control my sugar level very well. I had a heart bypass (triple 3) last year. This medicine works well for me. No side effect. I began from 0.3 because I have to be very careful with my heart condition. Now, I am with 0.6 now. my sugar level is very good, always around 5.6-6.0. I am going on with it to see what happens. It is very expensive for me but I think life is more precious."
flora bol December 2, 2014
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"Actually I'm pre-diabetic and have polycystic ovarian syndrome. I've been on Victoza since Aug. 2014. I dialed up to 1.8 over two weeks. Was a little sick on my stomach for about a week. Prior to starting I was on 2,500 mg of metformin with no change in weight or blood sugar. As of November 15, I was down 35 pounds. I'm still on metformin and my doctor and her staff are amazed. I'm very seldom hungry. Sometimes I experience a weird feeling in my stomach and not sure if I hadn't eaten enough or ate the wrong thing and nothing makes the sensation go away except for sleeping. I've lost over 10 inches in my stomach and am complaining because I'm losing so fast that people think I'm sick/clothes are falling off. I've struggled with my weight for years and finally this has worked. At 173lbs."
Anonymous November 28, 2014
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"Been on Victoza for 6 days, Dr started me right on the 1.8 dose. Still use a for a couple days, cravings sided dramatically, I am tolerating this med successfully. Not sure of my A1C as yet, but my fasting blood glucose has gone from an average of 200 down to 115 this morning, lost 3 lbs..... Wow!"
Victoria fan (taken for less than 1 month) November 22, 2014
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"I think Victoza is the best thing I could have ever tried! I've been overweight my entire life and have been diagnosed with insulin resistance and Polycystic ovarian syndrome. My doctor prescribed it to me to try to help me with weight loss. I used it a year ago for 4 months (0.6mg) and lost around 12 kg. I then stopped using it (its expensive to buy). My bad eating habits made me gain 5 kg's. I'm on my first week of using Victoza again and already lost 2.5kg for the first week! If you really want results for weight loss, eat a healthy balanced diet. I know my body doesn't like red meat - so I'm on veggies, fruits, nuts, eggs and rice products. You are what you eat, and Victoza helps you to be able to eat healthy foods."
AnnieZAR November 17, 2014
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Learn more about Diabetes, Type 2
Micromedex® Care Notes:
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 In Adults
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 In Adults, Ambulatory Care
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 In Children
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 In Children, Ambulatory Care
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- Diabetic Hyperglycemia, Ambulatory Care
- Diabetic Hypoglycemia
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