I've increased to the 1.2 dosage of Victoza about 2 weeks ago. I know that constipation and slow digestion are among two of Victoza's side effects, but I am concerned with having those "eggy" burps. I know it doesn't sound too invasive, but according to another post this apparently this is common due to undigested food in stomach. I am concerned about eggy burps if the food is rotting in the digestive system and to add on the slow digestion (which I know is good when considering the 'full feeling' when eating) but I don't really like thinking about rotting food in my stomach which can be dangerous. Anyone else experience this? Have any concerns about the same?
Eggy Burps with Victoza use?
Question posted by mug on 14 June 2010
Last updated on 18 July 2021
I am a medical doctor and I have been using Victoza myself for about four months. I want to share my own experience with the side effects and how I deal with them.
Nausea and vomiting are common in the first days and you can avoid it by reducing the amount of food you eat and adding to its calorie in the first few days, and specially the first day, until the drug starts working and reduces your appetite. Some anti-emetic drugs like Ondansetron can help with it too.
Secondly, the main reason for diarrhea and sulfur burps is over-eating and eating when you are not hungry. So the best way to avoid it is to avoid eating until you feel hungry. and if you feel tired and dizzy eat a chocolate or something sweet to rise the blood sugar level.
Don't worry, it works ;).
I had the same problem. And there was no controlling them. Mid sentence BELCH! And clear the room. I also still have bumps at injection sites 8 years later.
thank goodness for google i was getting worried about the excessive chest wind and the smell when burping so much so that i almost stopped the Victoza this site has restored my faith now i realise it is a normal reaction i can get on with it. Victoza has brought my bloods down from the 18 to 25 range down to under 10 average 7.2 which is fantastic i seem to have so much more energy and my eyesight is improving also i am losing weight so thank you Victoza wish my diabetic nurse had warned me of these side effects as if i read all the side effects of all the different drugs i take i think i would never take anything (not a good outcome) my question is is there anything i can take to counteract the chest wind or clean the digestive system as i also suffer with diverticulitis and think this may worsen the condition . any comments would be appreciated many thanks Ralph
Mug: I wouldn't worry about that. I don't think they would design a drug that would allow food to "rot" in your stomach. Besides... Mother Nature KNOWS what to do. I was on my way up to the 1.8 dosage and only made it up to 1.44 before having "sulfur" burbs ( and gas, too ! ) I also began to experience raging diarrhea. I called my physician and he told me to STOP the Victoza for 2-3 days and to go back to my previously tolerated (1.2) dosage. It all worked out fine. My interpretation from reading the posts here and from my experience is that some people experience
( biologically & or metabolically ) their "limit" at different dosages.
I have been taking Victoza (1.2 dosage) for almost 3 months and have none of these side effect... no burps, no diarrhea. I take 2 teaspoons of benefiber each day and think this may have helped with any constipation. Perhaps it is related to the food although I have been eating a "normal" ie my regular diet which does not include onions or garlic due to sensitivity. I have lost weight (about 6 pounds). I also eat fairly small meals and snacks so perhaps limiting quantity might help?? Good luck guys... keep that blood sugar low and level.
About the burping due to air ingestion - this can be correct. My husband (not diabetic and very healthy) has this problem and is a burper for sure (but not smelly ones). He seems to take in air when he eats - took me a while to get used to his mealtime burping. :)
I'm thinking the benefits outweigh the side effects. Other medications that have been around most of my life have caused the nasty egg burps in the past. When I started having them a lot I was concerned and that's what brought me to this site. Victoza caused severe headaches for me the first month but it was because my sugar was dropping rapidly. This is the first medicine I've been on that has lowered my numbers so that I'm not afraid to eat. I'm wondering if anyone has skipped heart beats though?
I just started to inject 0.6 yesterday and i already have all the symptons everyone has listed on this blog. Diarrhea, gas, nausea all are terrible! My doctor wants me to increase my dosage to 1.2 at the end of this week but im not sure i want to. Do these side effects go away or at least become tolerable? I was on Trulicity until my insurance stopped covering it and went through similar issues but not nearly as severe.
14 days in and I’m scared to move up to 1.8 which I’m supposed to do now. My stomach feels bloated and I’ve been burping all day and I wonder if it was because I didn’t eat much all day yesterday and then was starving and ate McDonald’s burger and fries. I’ve been burping these little burps all day and my stomach feels queasy. I don’t want to inject but going to. I am overdue for my period as well so not sure if that’s part of it. Anyone been on victoza and feel normal or is this the new normal?
It's gratifying, yet unfortunate, to hear so many who are suffering with this same issue. How embarrassing is it to discreetly burp and it smell like it came out the other end? I oftentimes find myself literally burping and blowing it so even I don't smell it's awful sinister smell. Not to mention, the gas which DOES come from the other end is so threatening, my wife personifies it as a ninja who grabs her by the face to take her life away lol. I know it stinks but I can't help it. I literally burp at least 30xs an hour (no exaggeration). I ironically had this issue before VICTOZA and afterwards my symptoms have heightened.
I should add I do take other meds and I assumed the stench came from those meds. I visited 2 gastrointestinal preVICTOZA who saw no reason for my discomfort eluding to air intake being the only reason for burps (which I knew was incorrect).
I'm not interested in combating medication side effects with additional meds. This right here is OUT OF CONTROL!
I was cleverly prescribed VICTOZA as a Type1 diabetic. It haults the production of sugar produced by my liver and keeps my levels perfect. I already had a great A1C but it was an average that didn't take account of my Highs n Lows. I wasn't proud knowing my A1C was a 6 knowing one day my blood sugar 230 and the next I'm 60. I knew that average, altho real, wasn't accurate.
So, the side effects of the VICTOZA have been dealt with in lieu of its great results. Man, my stomach feels bloated as HELL!! I'm in mild pain which again is relieved by gas.
Earlier on, it wasn't that my appetite was curbed, it was that I was MISERABLE. I got over it and managed to cope. In fact, I saved money that 1st week bc I didn't have dinner at all.
Ideally, I think I should take VICTOZA mid afternoon considering the discomfort using comes late afternoon to the evening. If I can possibly guesstimate and "schedule" it to come while sleeping, I'll be less embarrassed in public and I won't offend anyone. In addition, once I'm sleep it won't bother me as much.
This also leads me to the diarrhea thing. Man it's uncontrollable. It comes out like a waterfall and I've also woke up to a mess several times over. I absolutely HATE it. I keep extra underwear wherever I go. As an adult, you just have to roll w the punches and try alternatives to get you through but this experience has its good n bad. I'm hoping things will soon subside.
I have had the same problem with the burps, gas & nausea. For the nausea I am taking dramamine and that really helps! Has anyone found something that can get rid of this gas?
I have those as well. They are annoying. And now that I know what causes them yes, I’m concerned
Thank goodness at first I didn't connect the increased dose with my onset of the eggy burps and massive farts, I found pepto helps temporarily, a few days ago after throwing up a lot it stopped for a few days but came back lastnight, I've started to carry dryer sheets with me so when I cover my mouth to burp I can blow the air through it (most think its a kleenex) so as not to disturb my office mates, odd but effective...
Like several previous responses, I too am happy to find people open and honest enough that are sharing these terrible symptoms with each other. The internet is truly a wonderful resource !
I thought the Sulphurous burps and Tyrannosaurus flatulence were SURELY due to some gassy Brussels sprouts in garlic cheese sauce that I ate with dinner, but it continued for 3 days now.
I started Victoza 12 weeks ago at the .6 level for a week and then went to the 1.2 level for 10 weeks. My Doctor liked the fact that my A1c level went down from 8.4 to 6.2 and that I lost 10 lbs in 2 months ! He said: SLOWLY increase to the 1.8 level. So I mapped it out so that I would get to 1.8 over the course of about a month by increasing it .06 every 4th day. Well... when I got to 1.38 the sulphur like rotten egg burping started and I experienced an episode of Diarrhea. I went to the 1.44 level and the sulpgur burps got worse and so did the Diarrhea.
It's 5:48 am on Jan.3rd, 2018 and I had to leave work and RUSH home. ( I work the overnight shift ) thank God I made it. The Diarrhea was intense. I guessed that it might be the recent medication adjustments and Googled "Victoza sulphur burping" and voila ~ I arrived here with similarly suffering souls. I am going to go back down to the 1.2 level that I was tolerating well and talk to my Doctor. I hope everything is working out well for all of you and thanks once again for the insight.
I started Victoza about 8 weeks ago. I didn't notice anything wrong until about the 4th week when I was up to the highest dose on my pen - 1.8. I was having rotten egg burps (sometimes followed by vomiting) as well as diarrhoea. I honestly thought I had the stomach bug until I experienced this every 2-3 days and nobody else in my house was getting sick. I made an appt with my primary and also happened to email my endo who told me this WAS due to the med. she suggested stopping for 2 days and going back down to .6. I just stopped taking it altogether out of fear of experiencing this again. I can't be "down" like that with 3 kids to care for.
Oh my word it makes me feel so much better reading yalls responses. I *hate* it when the burps start. I feel that mine start when I haven't gone to the bathroom in a few days. I take a gentle laxative to help and Pepto tablets. Once it was so bad I threw up-the worst time ever. I love that it makes me feel full, but these burps make me so nauseous.
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