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Liraglutide - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Liraglutide: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Liraglutide?

Liraglutide is a medicine sold under the brand name Victoza. It is an antidiabetic medicine used to treat type-2 diabetes, overweight and chronic weight management.

It is also used along with diet and exercise to help you reduce weight under certain health conditions as recommended by your doctor. Liraglutide is also used to control blood sugar levels in adults and kids above the age of 10.

What are the uses of Liraglutide?

Ligratude is a medication typically used in conjunction with diet and workout sessions. It helps control sugar levels in the blood of people who have type 2 diabetes in adults and children above 10-years old.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body cannot control the sugar percentage in the blood because it does not use insulin normally. It helps increase insulin production in the body.

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What are the side effects of Liraglutide?

Common side effects of Liraglutide are:

  • Headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Indigestion.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Constipation.
  • Cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing).
  • Back pain.
  • Tiredness.
  • Skin rash.
  • Upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Redness or inflammation at the injection site.
  • Swelling or a lump in your throat.
  • Hoarse voice.
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Urinating less than usual or not at all.
  • Weakness.
  • Confusion.
  • Increased thirst.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Liraglutide

1. How to inject Liraglutide?

A Liraglutide injection is usually given under the subcutaneous skin. It should not be injected into veins or muscles. If you self-administer the injection, the best place is in front-thighs, the front of your waist, i.e., abdomen, or your upper arm.

2. How does Liraglutide work for weight loss?

Liraglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist. It helps increase the feeling of being full without eating much food and automatically decreases hunger. This decrease in appetite can eventually lead to eating fewer calories or food in a day and helps weight loss. It also helps in glucose (insulin) stimulation.

3. Is Liraglutide insulin?

Liraglutide is an injection in the class of medications called Incretin Mimetics. It helps the pancreas release the correct amount of insulin into the body when sugar levels in the blood increase.

Insulin helps the sugar from the blood to move into the body tissues, where it is converted as energy.

4. Does Liraglutide help weight loss?

Liraglutide is a medication used in combination with lifestyle changes. It helps in weight loss by reducing appetite. It has a few common side effects like nausea and vomiting, just like any other medication.

It is also said that 1 out of 10 is likely to discontinue the medicine.

5. How much weight can you lose with Liraglutide?

Using Liraglutide and the proper diet and physical activities like workout and yoga, one can reduce 4-6kgs of weight. Most of the patients who used this medication have lost at least 5-10 percent of weight loss compared with placebos. It helps increase the quality of life.

6. How long can you use Liraglutide?

Liraglutide can only be used for 30 days. After 30 days, you have to throw the pen even if the medication residual is in the applicator pen. If you want to know more details about the medicine and medication or its uses and side effects, you can always consult our experts here.

7. How often should you use Liraglutide?

Ideally, once a day per the doctor's recommendation. You can take it at any time of the day with or without food intake. The best practice would be taking at the same time regularly to avoid dosage missing or overdose.

8. Can Liraglutide cause cancer?

There are no such cases of cancer using Liraglutide. But when tested on mice and rats, the results showed that it causes a tumor in the thyroid gland. The tumor was generated at a dosage that is eight times higher than what humans receive.

9. Can Liraglutide cause hypoglycemia?

As Liraglutide medicine is used for insulin and glucose secretion, the risk of causing hypoglycemia is low per doctors. Nevertheless, when the medication is combined with any antidiabetic medicines, the risk of hypoglycemia may increase. So it should not be combined with other antidiabetics.

10. Can Liraglutide be used with insulin?

Using Liraglutide with insulin increases the chances of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, as mentioned before. You have to adjust the dosages and monitor the blood sugar levels at regular intervals to use both medications safely. You have to consult a doctor if you experience hypoglycemia.

Call our expert medical advisors at Yashoda Hospitals to know more about Liraglutide’s uses, benefits, side effects, and precautions to consider. Also, consult our competent experts regarding other medical-related concerns you may have.

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