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 2 130 69
Support weight loss 41 21
Obesity 10 11
Prediabetes 3 2
Insulin resistance 2 0
Treat side effects of another treatment 2 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 13
Moderate 9
Mild 16
None 37

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Liraglutide

Side effect Patients
Nausea 15
Headaches 4
Upset stomach 4
Decreased appetite 3
Abdominal bloating 2
Fatigue 2

Show all 29 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Liraglutide

Dosage Patients
6 mg daily 11
1.8 mg daily 6
0.6 mg daily 4
1.2 mg daily 3
10.8 mg daily 3
18 mg daily 3
1.8 mL daily 2
3 mg daily 2
3.6 mg daily 2
0.06 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Liraglutide

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 16
Doctor's advice 9
Did not seem to work 8
Other 6
Change in health plan coverage 5
Expense 4
Course of treatment ended 2
Personal research 2
See all 37 patients who've stopped taking Liraglutide

Duration

Currently taking Liraglutide

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 12

Stopped taking Liraglutide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 56
Usually 11
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 43
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 3
$50-99 9
$25-49 8
< $25 29
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Liraglutide after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Metformin (Glucophage) 13
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 4
Exenatide (Byetta) 3
Sitagliptin (Januvia) 2
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 1

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Liraglutide and switched to:

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

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

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3 patient evaluations for Liraglutide

Oct 25, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for obesity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support weight loss)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 18 mg Monthly
Advice & Tips: After 6 months I no longer have any nauseous with the Victoza. My A1c% went from 9.4% to 6.6% to 6.4%% and I didn't work at limiting my carbs.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 14, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obesity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support weight loss)
  • Side effects
    Mild (abdominal pain, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 18 mg Monthly
Advice & Tips: This time I stayed on Victoza and after 3 months, my A1c% went from 9.4% to 6.6% and I lost 30 pounds.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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: 12 mg Monthly
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: 12 mg Monthly
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 Monthly
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 Monthly
Advice & Tips: Victoza seem to help my diabetic numbers, but I started feeling nauseous after starting Victoza.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 6, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1.2 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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: 0.6 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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