Victoza Side Effects

Generic Name: liraglutide

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug liraglutide. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Victoza.

It is possible that some side effects of Victoza may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to liraglutide: subcutaneous solution

As well as its needed effects, liraglutide (the active ingredient contained in Victoza) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking liraglutide, check with your doctor immediately:

More common
  • Bladder pain
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • cough or hoarseness
  • diarrhea
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • fever or chills
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
Less common
  • Blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • Anxiety
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • cool, pale skin
  • depression
  • hives or welts, itching, or skin rash
  • increased hunger
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • nightmares
  • redness of the skin
  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • slurred speech
Incidence not known
  • Agitation
  • clay-colored stools
  • confusion
  • dark urine
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • hostility
  • irritability
  • lethargy
  • muscle twitching
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rapid weight gain
  • stupor
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • tightness in the chest
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • vomiting of blood
  • yellow eyes or skin

Some liraglutide side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Abdominal or stomach cramps, discomfort, or pain
  • acid or sour stomach
  • back pain
  • belching
  • body aches or pain
  • constipation
  • decreased appetite
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • loss of voice
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
  • swollen mouth and tongue
  • unpleasant taste
  • urge to have bowel movement
  • weight loss
Less common
  • Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to liraglutide: subcutaneous solution


Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, anorexia, dyspepsia, and pancreatitis.[Ref]


Metabolic side effects have included hypoglycemia, especially when combined with a sulfonylurea. Postmarketing side effects have included dehydration from nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache and dizziness.[Ref]


Respiratory side effects have included nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, and sinusitis.[Ref]


General side effects have included influenza and fatigue.[Ref]


Cardiovascular side effects have included hypertension.[Ref]


Genitourinary side effects have included urinary tract infection.[Ref]


Local side effects have included injection site rash and erythema.[Ref]


Immunologic side effects have included urticaria and angioedema.[Ref]


Hypersensitivity side effects reported postmarketing have included angioedema and anaphylactic reactions, rash and pruritus.[Ref]


Postmarketing side effects have included increased serum creatinine, acute renal failure or worsening of chronic renal failure, sometimes requiring hemodialysis.[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. "Product Information. Victoza (liraglutide)." Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Inc, Princeton, NJ.

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