Victoza Side Effects
Generic Name: liraglutide
Note: This document contains side effect information about liraglutide. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Victoza.
Some side effects of Victoza may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to liraglutide: subcutaneous solution
Along with its needed effects, liraglutide (the active ingredient contained in Victoza) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking liraglutide:More common
- Bladder pain
- bloody or cloudy urine
- cough or hoarseness
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- fever or chills
- frequent urge to urinate
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- joint pain
- loss of appetite
- lower back or side pain
- muscle aches and pains
- runny nose
- sore throat
- trouble sleeping
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Blurred vision
- pounding in the ears
- slow or fast heartbeat
- cold sweats
- cool, pale skin
- hives or welts
- increased hunger
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- redness of the skin
- skin rash
- slurred speech
- decreased urine output
- difficulty with swallowing
- muscle twitching
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- rapid weight gain
- shortness of breath
- swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
- tightness in the chest
Some side effects of liraglutide may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- Abdominal or stomach cramps, discomfort, or pain
- acid or sour stomach
- back pain
- body aches or pain
- decreased appetite
- difficulty with breathing
- loss of voice
- nasal congestion
- pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
- stuffy nose
- swollen mouth and tongue
- unpleasant taste
- urge to have bowel movement
- weight loss
- 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.
Metabolic side effects have included hypoglycemia, especially when combined with a sulfonylurea. Postmarketing side effects have included dehydration from nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Nervous system side effects have included headache and dizziness.
Respiratory side effects have included nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, and sinusitis.
General side effects have included influenza and fatigue.
Cardiovascular side effects have included hypertension.
Genitourinary side effects have included urinary tract infection.
Musculoskeletal side effects have included back pain.
Local side effects have included injection site rash and erythema.
Immunologic side effects have included urticaria and angioedema.
Hypersensitivity side effects reported postmarketing have included angioedema and anaphylactic reactions, rash and pruritus.
Postmarketing side effects have included increased serum creatinine, acute renal failure or worsening of chronic renal failure, sometimes requiring hemodialysis.
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