What is Liraglutide?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Victoza Saxenda

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Liraglutide is an injectable medicine used for type 2 diabetes that helps control blood sugar levels. It works by increasing the amount of insulin that the body produces, decreasing the amount of sugar produced by the liver, and slowing the time it takes food to go through the stomach.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes Type 2 107 53
Support weight loss 35 15
Obesity 5 5
Prediabetes 2 1
Treat side effects of another treatment 2 5
Diabetes Mellitus 1 5

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 11
Moderate 7
Mild 13
None 26

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Liraglutide

Side effect Patients
Nausea 14
Upset stomach 4
Abdominal bloating 2
Fatigue 2
Headaches 2
Pain in lower back 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Liraglutide

Dosage Patients
6 mg daily 8
1.2 mg daily 7
1.8 mg daily 6
0.06 mg daily 3
1.8 mL daily 2
10.8 mg daily 2
0.6 mg daily 1
1.8 mcg daily 1
3 mg daily 1
3.6 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Liraglutide

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 14
Doctor's advice 8
Did not seem to work 7
Other 6
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Personal research 1
See all 32 patients who’ve stopped taking Liraglutide

Duration

Currently taking Liraglutide

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Liraglutide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 42
Usually 7
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 15
Not at all hard to take 32
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 2
$50-99 8
$25-49 3
< $25 21
Not specified 15

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Liraglutide after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Metformin (Glucophage) 8
Exenatide (Byetta) 3
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 2
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 1
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Liraglutide and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Metformin (Glucophage) 3
Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) 2
Exenatide (Byetta) 2
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
Dulaglutide (Trulicity) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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3 patient evaluations for Liraglutide

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God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See God's Worshipper's full Liraglutide history

Dec 30, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support weight loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Obesity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Abdominal pain, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 6 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I stopped Victoza because I was having severe sharp abdominal pain. I had to be hospitalized.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 29, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support weight loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Obesity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Abdominal pain, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 6 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am having severe abdominal pain. I called my doctor and he wants me to stop taking Victoza.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 28, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support weight loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Obesity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 18 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am reducing the Victoza because the side effect of being VERY NAUSEOUS I can't stand.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 19, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support weight loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Obesity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Victoza seem to help my diabetic numbers, but I started feeling nauseous after starting Victoza.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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researcher47
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researcher47
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 52
Condition: Diabetes Type 2
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I have:
Diabetes Type 2

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Feb 6, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1.8 mg Daily

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toledogranny3
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
61 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar II

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Jan 5, 2011 (Started May 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.2 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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