Important Patient Information
This is a BRIEF SUMMARY of important information about
Victoza®. This information does not take the place of
talking with your doctor about your medical condition or
your treatment. If you have any questions about Victoza®,
ask your doctor. Only your doctor can determine if
Victoza® is right for you.
During the drug testing process, the medicine in Victoza®
caused rats and mice to develop tumors of the thyroid
gland. Some of these tumors were cancers. It is not
known if Victoza® will cause thyroid tumors or a type of
thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) in
people. If MTC occurs, it may lead to death if not detected
and treated early. Do not take Victoza® if you or any of
your family members have MTC, or if you have Multiple
Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). This is
a disease where people have tumors in more than one
gland in the body.
What is Victoza® used for?
• Victoza® is a glucagon-like-peptide- 1 (GLP- 1) receptor
agonist used to improve blood sugar (glucose) control in
adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, when used with a diet
and exercise program.
• Victoza® should not be used as the first choice of medicine
for treating diabetes.
• Victoza® has not been studied in enough people with a
history of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
Therefore, it should be used with care in these patients.
• Victoza® is not for use in people with type 1 diabetes
mellitus or people with diabetic ketoacidosis.
• It is not known if Victoza® is safe and effective when used
Who should not use Victoza®?
• Victoza® should not be used in people with a personal or
family history of MTC or in patients with MEN 2.
What is the most important information I should know
• In animal studies, Victoza® caused thyroid tumors. The
effects in humans are unknown. People who use Victoza®
should be counseled on the risk of MTC and symptoms of
• In clinical trials, there were more cases of pancreatitis in
people treated with Victoza® compared to people treated
with other diabetes drugs. If pancreatitis is suspected,
Victoza® and other potentially suspect drugs should
be discontinued. Victoza® should not be restarted if
pancreatitis is confirmed. Victoza® should be used with
caution in people with a history of pancreatitis.
• Serious low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may occur when
Victoza® is used with other diabetes medications called
sulfonylureas. This risk can be reduced by lowering the
dose of the sulfonylurea.
• Like all other diabetes medications, Victoza® has not been
shown to decrease the risk of large blood vessel disease
(i.e. heart attacks and strokes).
What are the side effects of Victoza®?
• Tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling
in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness
of breath while taking Victoza®. These may be symptoms
of thyroid cancer.
• The most common side effects, reported in at least 5%
of people treated with Victoza® and occurring more
commonly than people treated with a placebo (a nonactive injection used to study drugs in clinical trials) are
headache, nausea, diarrhea, and resistance to liraglutide
• Immune system related reactions, including hives, were
more common in people treated with Victoza® (0.8%)
compared to people treated with other diabetes drugs
(0.4%) in clinical trials.
• This listing of side effects is not complete. Your health care
professional can discuss with you a more complete list of
side effects that may occur when using Victoza®.
What should I know about taking Victoza® with other
• Victoza® slows emptying of your stomach. This may impact
how your body absorbs other drugs that are taken by
mouth at the same time.
Can Victoza® be used in children?
• Victoza® has not been studied in people below 18 years of
Can Victoza® be used in people with kidney or liver
• There is limited data on using Victoza® in people with
kidney or liver problems. Victoza® should be used with
caution in these types of people.
Still have questions?
This is only a summary of important information. Ask your
doctor for more complete product information, or
• call 1-877-4VICTOZA (1-877-484-2869)
• visit victoza.com
Victoza® is a registered trademark of
Novo Nordisk A/S.
Date of Issue: Jan 2010
©2010 Novo Nordisk A/S.
141826 June 2010