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I am trying to find out if others are experiencing any side effects from the drug Victoza such as muscle weakness or speech imparements. Any comments would be helpful. I have been taking the drug for 9 months now and have been experiencing stroke like symptoms but can not find any signs of stroke in the brain testings.

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I have been on it for only 3 months with no side effects.

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I took it for a year, in the beginning I had weight loss, but that went away. Nver had BG less tha 140's. and after a year it just stopped working altogether, numbers went to 260-350 areas.

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I am trying to find out if others are experiencing any side effects from the drug Victoza such as muscle weakness or speech imparements. Any comments would be helpful. I have been taking the drug for 9 months now and have been experiencing stroke like symptoms but can not find any signs of stroke in the brain testings.


Would you not suggest to your Doctor that you come of Victoza for a trial period and try some other med instead to see if that resolves the issues. Has the doctor checked/ruled out Bell's Palsy, although I believe that is most associated with facial muscles and can look like a stroke.

I took it for a year, in the beginning I had weight loss, but that went away. Nver had BG less tha 140's. and after a year it just stopped working altogether, numbers went to 260-350 areas.


What did you progress to after Victoza, did you doctor feel it was more related to a progression of your diabetes rather than the Victoza not working. I ask, as I just started Victoza this week and so far I am seeing a progressive improvement in my BGs.

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I was just diagnosed as Type 2 this week A1c of 7.1, although I have been pre-diabetic for over a year. I have never been on any medications for diabetes, but my Dr prescribed Victoza to help with BG and weight loss. The first 0.6 injection was fine, saw my morning BG drop from 170's avg. to 123 and just a tiny bit of indigestion. The indigestion grew as the day went on, but nothing to write home about. After my second injection before bedtime, the indigestion grew to monumental proportions...so much so that at 4:30 in the morning I am still awake! I am on day 7 of a strict plant based diet and tried sipping unsweetened tea made of fresh ginger steeped in boiling water, but it hasn't helped. Does anyone know of something sugar free I can take to help alleviate this? Right now I am miserable.:(

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Sorry didn't reply sooner. I went to insulin and then pump. I am unable to tolerate oral meds for some reason. As m primary care Dr. was very unconcerned about such
high numbers I asked for referral to diabetes specialist and endocrinologist, best move I ever made. That was when I learned that it wasn't okay to have numbers consistently 140-160. I love being on pump and CGM. I am averaging BG of 122, which takes into account daily cgm readings every 5 minutes. Still learning to adjust, check which
foods cause spikes, and lows.
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My wife has been taking Victoza for a year. She loves it,it really lowed her sugars. She rarely has sugars that is over
the 100. She takes 1.2 of Victoza in the morning and 52 units of Lantus at nite. She used to take Novolog at her meals,
now she's off of that.

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I have personally had very little side effects to Victoza...some umpleasnt burps but that's about it. I have been upped to 1.8 on it and I'm trying Metformine ER ...now I'm having some unpleasant side effects though I blame them on the Metformine...it hasn't gotten to bad yet. I'm hoping to stay on the Metformine and to get off the Victoza and Januvia...we'll see.

"Does anyone know of something sugar free I can take to help alleviate this? Right now I am miserable"
Yikes! That's a good question! The only foods that I know help with that are. Bread and Milk...and that doesn't help you. Sorry,
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In relation to the burping with Victoza ... I personally find that if I eat too much carbs, thats when the victoza will trigger belching. More annoyingly, the wind/belching will be particularly sulfurous (my kids tell me it is worse than the dog's farts )

I can eat strawberries and cream; eggs, cheese, cabbage ... and have no wind ... but a couple of slices of bread, or pasta, or potatoes - and my stomach will rumble and my breath will smell.

Since the carbs cause massive sugar spikes for me - I'm not too upset about leaving them out anyway!

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I am trying to find out if others are experiencing any side effects from the drug Victoza such as muscle weakness or speech imparements. Any comments would be helpful. I have been taking the drug for 9 months now and have been experiencing stroke like symptoms but can not find any signs of stroke in the brain testings.


Get yourself to your doctor and stop taking Victoza.

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I'm not in the medical field but I take an OTC product, like Zantac if I need. I used to take Tums but I'm guessing they have a lot of sugar - maybe there are some that are sugar-free?
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Originally I started on Byetta and then transitioned to Victoza because its so much easier. In essence they are the same drug and so I brought forward my knowledge and research on the Byetta.. having read a book by a guy that did byetta for a year and doing internet research I realized this: Even though victoza is not dependent on when you eat vs. when you take it.. take it like it is. Just like Byetta. I also learned: You must eat a certain amount of carbs to trigger the medicine to do its thing. It waits for the influx of carb to "turn on" its magic... so.. take the shot first of the morning then within 30min Eat breakfast and for me atleast 35carbs.. It has worked perfect for me for 1.5 years. I never experienced the bad nausea.. a tad but not much but unfortunately I also did not experience the weight loss side effect. :-( I have lost, but very little, but I am not gaining and that was so easy for me in the past to gain a pd a week so Doc is happy with good numbers and weight slowly dropping. (I also took Glumetza)

Will be honest though and say that recently I had to switch meds and things are not so good. My insurance no longer pays for glumetza so im trying other things and they are not working.. the victoza holds its own by itself but not good enough. Im running in the 150s most of the day right now.. not good. Back to the drawing board! :-) and praying that victoza hasnt reached its end with me.. I almost feel like an addict with the thought of not having victoza! lol

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I have been taken Victoza since Nov. 2011 about christmas starting to notice what I thought was hard muscle in my breast, to make long story short, I have now been diagnosed with Inflamation breast cancer (July 2012). I'm worried that victoza may have started the cancer cells to grow. Any comments?

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There is the warning with Vyctoza that it causes thyroid cancer in rats, so might be a correlation. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Will you have surgery or other treatment?
Dave, sorry about lag response. Endo said was just diabetes progrssing. In his ow words, diabetes is like a sleeping dragon, and yours just woke up. C-peptide test was 2.2, in range of 1.1-4.4, so I guess I moved beyond the syage of insulin resistance.
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I just started taking Victoza last night - and today (around noon) my BG had dropped all the way to 54... Normally I'd be around 85-100,
since I am using a pump - I have reduced my basals by 25%.. I went for lunch and didn't bolus - and at 3pm, my BG was 124!

I am very surprised how quickly it started working!
jbmacomber.. Are you selfpaying for your CGM? My insurance doesn't pay unless c-peptide is bismal :(
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