Started Victoza 4 weeks ago on lowest dose .6 for two weeks because I really want Victoza to work, but was getting severe sour stomach and nausea. After two weeks, increased to 1.2 -- tolerable but still constant nausea. Had to sleep upright at night in the lounge chair. Also, had a doctor visit yesterday after 4 weeks of use and only lost 1.5 lbs.? (Down to 1,000 calories a day if that?) No appetite, feel full all the time - just tend to look at the food. Hardly eating at all-must force myself. Food doesn't look appertizing at all.. Decided to increase dosage yesterday to 1.8 dose, because doctor told me I'll lose on the high dose, but if it's bothering me, go back to the second, but will I lose weight on the low dose I was taking? Must lose 50 lbs. (Presently at 190 lbs.) Today, suffering with cramps and severe, loss of uncontrollable diarrhea? Is this temporary? Or a reaction to this increased dosage? Should I go back to the second dose? I really want this to work, am wondering if there is anything I can take to counteract these horrible side effects - as it is difficult to leave the house to lead a normal life. Afraid of dehydration at this rate? (10++ times today already.) I will try anything if it works to counteract side effects. Thanks.
Victoza - Anyone have uncontrolable diarrhea with sour stomach? Am Diabetic II?
Question posted by lambudd on 3 March 2012
Last updated on 12 August 2019 by Amariona
I have also been taking this for over a month now. I have very bad sour stomach. Sour burping, vomiting and diarrhea. I had no idea this was what was causing it. I thought I’ve had the stomach flu all this time. After seeing so many people with the same problem. Today will be my last day taking it.
I have had a similar experience and wanted to share. I've gone on Victoza a few times in the last several years and the most recent was about a week and a half ago. Most of the times I stopped because of the side effects, but at least one time I was on it for several months. Ramping up on it is horrible. It's definitely the worst pain I've ever had in my life (up there with gallstones but still worse than that). I also have diarrhea, gas, and now burping on my most recent try (glad to see that's common). I remember from the past that it did get better, but it's hard to imagine that when I'm catatonic with pain. I did like to read that keeping to a low carb diet will help, so I'll try that. The only reason I keep on trying Victoza is that the benefits are so great. It makes me not think about food and it is great at lowering blood sugar. It's just so sad that the side effects are almost intolerable.
I have been taking Victoza for about 7 months. I am also on 2000 mg's of Metformin. With Metformin I had gastric issues a majority of the time but never did get dehydrated. But it self my A1C was 9.3 when I started the Victoza. I had some diabetic neuropathy before I started the Victoza mostly in my feet. When I first started the Victoza I had stomach cramps especially when it was time to go to the bathroom. After about 2 months it became occasional. I had a bout with constipation for about a month but later it was from the vitamins I had been taking. I only had a sour stomach 2-3 times during the course of therapy. I have lost 30 pounds over the last 7 months. I increased my dose slowly. I did 0.6 for 4 weeks, then I went to 1.2 and stayed. This dose works well. The problem I am having is with the neuropathy in my left leg. They just started me on 600 mg's of Gabapentin. It has kept me from resting at night. I have leg cramps on occasion also.
Try drinking more water. Stay away from sugar and make sure you have labs on your electrolytes and potassium. I don't think it's a good idea to increase the dose if you are dealing with diarrhea. There is no set time that says you have to move up on your dose. Also keep in mind Victoza may not be the drug for you. When I started the Victoza, I didn't have much of an appetite and had to make myself eat. I don't eat alot of food at one setting. I eat about 4-5 really small meals. I try to stay away from sugar and carbs and eat veggies and some proteins. Please stay under a doctor's care until you are more stable on the medication. This drug does not work for everybody. I hope this helps! Be blessed.
I'm on .6 and started about 15 days ago. I've had all of the side effects. And it's been a horrible last 3 weeks. At this point quality of life is so low I would rather go back to insulin. As for the diarrhea, absolutely the worst and most painful ever. I see a lot of people on social media suggesting this drug and also suggesting how and what to eat. I come on drugs.com and people seem more honest about the negatives. Good Luck to all.
Hi, sorry to hear ur having a tough time, but beleive me it does get better, I had all the same symptoms as ur having. I've been on 1.2 of victoza for 6 weeks now most of the symptoms are gone now but I still have bouts of diarrhoea which is a nuisance. Personally I would go back to 1.2 just for a while and u will still lose weight on this dose. I'm too scared to go on 1.8 because I dont want to feel so ill again. Good luck hope everything sorts itself out.
I just started victoza a week ago, I find the burping an eggy taste very intolerable as it makes me want to vomit. I also get pretty nauseous every time I eat something. It has however lowered my sugar from over 200 to between 95 to 130 on the lowest dose. I take a lot of oral meds also like metformin, onglyza and glimepiride. I have been losing 1 pound a day. I have IBS also but so far no diarrhea but i'm supposed to dial up my does tomorrow so we'll see. My biggest problem with it so far has been the nasty burping and upset stomach. I dont eat carbs, nothing white, no milk, no bread, potatoes, rice etc. I am down 8 pounds in a week as food just doesn't appeal to me and once I take several bites I feel over full and cant eat anything else. Hope this helps someone.
Try taking the lowest dose. You MUST drink a lot of water. You can dehydrate and with this med and dehydration can put you into renal failure. The side effects you are having are not good. Make sure you read the black box warning with this medication. I understand you wanting to give it a good try, though. I myself have found others way to really lose weight. I could not tolerate this med. Increasing the dose is not a good idea. I run a couple of groups fro healthy eating on Facebook. Look me up if you like. Be careful and don't harm yourself over some medication. As for nausea. If Dr will do not give you something for nausea. Try making some ginger tea. That does help. You have to eat and put nutrients in your body!! Susie Q Speck >>. Facebook
I've type 2 diabetes .3000.mg metformin and been on victosa for 6 months I've lost 6lbs 0.6 fine.but 1.2 almost constant runs .i took 1day 0.6 and another 1.2 and not too bad.but my blood sugar is higher so nurse wants me to go on insulin.I said I'd try victosa on the correct dose 1.2.but runs constantly.took just led than one ml and although a bit of wind been fine.got drs in a few days ok see what options are
sorry you are not doing well with the victoza. I did find that zolfran really helps with my sick stomach. I have not had diarrhea, but am constipated. I have been taking it for 2 months now and have lost about 15 lbs. I also found that if I eat a small piece of something or a few pretzels when I feel nauseous and that seems to help a bit. I did have some cramping a couple of times, but I am tolerating the medicine pretty well, just having a hard time affording it as I don't have any prescription insurance. Good luck
My husband has been taking Metformin for years and added Victoza 2 1/2 months ago. He has all the same symptoms, severe stomach cramps, followed by diarrhea,daily.His daily dose is 1.8. He has no appetite, and eats very little. He is drinking a lot of fluids to counter dehydration. One plus has been weightloss. He was 260 when he began, and is now down to 225. His next Dr. appointment is in December. if these symptoms don't subside by then, I don't see how he can continue with this medication. Wondering if your symptoms ever improved or disappeared?
I've been on 1.2 dose for 3 weeks and experience slow digestion and stomach ache. I'm losing weight (finally) and have made changes to accomodate the drug side effects. I eat dinner very early (about 3-4pm) so I don't have acid reflux at night, and I find that warm milk or hot chocolate helps both the ache and that over-full feeling. I find that meat products cause the most problems with digestion and seem to take forever to settle. Occasional spoons of plain yoghurt help too.
I started Victoza about 3 weeks ago at 0.6. I have been taking 1.2 for the past two weeks and the nausea and diarrhea is unbearable. I had the worst pain in my upper stomach the other night following severe heartburn. I have nausea all day long. It seems to alleviate a bit when I have a BM which is always diarrhea. I have lost 3lbs but that is because I cannot eat without becoming sick. I have no desire to eat for that reason. My blood sugar has been the best it has been in months. Even so I am not sure that I will continue with this medication.
I started the low dose .6 6 days back. Constipation, flu type symptome, feeling sick, loss of appetite... When will it end? This has replaced insulin I was on for previous year. gained 15kgs, not the right thing after a heart attack... will persevere...
I had the same experience. Stop for two months, started again and stayed at the low dose. The last month I've had constant diarrhea not eating well food is not digesting lab results were all low my pills are even going straight through I can read the numbers on them in the toilet. I had a colonoscopy in the endoscopy they saythey say I have colitis now. Visiting doctors at mayo Rochester, mm and they are puzzled. I'm quite concerned because I don't have the nutrients I need to live. However I like what it has done for me weight loss and a1c.
I started on Victoza about 3 weeks ago and currently am on the 1.2 dosage. I feel for all those that have the terrible diarrhea but I'm not sure which is worse. The constipation started the 2nd day after starting the medication and am still hoping to go more than one time every 4-5 days which still doesn't work well. I have had terrible headaches with this and bad nausea all the time. I can only eat a few bites of food before I feel like I have to vomit so I haven't ate much over the last week as the sour stomach and nausea has become much more intense. Doctor told me the benefits of victoza are going to far out way the side effects. I am guessing he has never tried the medication. I really hope the stomach pains end soon, as they seem to be getting worse.
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