New to Victoza

Hey everyone,

I've had type 2 diabetes since 2001. Metformin has worked for me all these years, and I've been lucky. However, I'm having a lot of problems with compliance, and my diabetes decided to yell at me. Last A1C was 9.5, and my doctor decided it was time for me to try something new so she prescribed Victoza.

I haven't started using yet because I'm getting rid of a nasty stomach bug, but I've been to the nurse who taught me how to inject. That's not an issue for me, I'm not afraid of needles. But I am interesting in learning about personal experiences with Victoza.

Is the nausea that bad? What other side effects will I probably experience? Is it better to take it in the morning or at night?

Any input will be appreciated. :)


I can only tell you what worked for me. I had nausea at the beginning for about 3 weeks. I got a Rx of an anti-nausea drug to take when it was real bad. I also had extreme fatigue--I was taking naps, going to bed early, and only doing what I had to do --again for about 3 weeks. I experimented with different times to take Victoza. I found I had the worst side effects starting about 8 hours after taking it. So for me, taking it first thing in the morning was the best. That way I could work and then I felt lousy in the evening and I just went to bed. I also had very bad constipation that nothing would help--that went away after 8 months. The biggest thing I learned from my endo was I didn't have to increase my dose to 1.2 after only a week. He had me wait until most of my side effects were gone. So I stayed on .6 about 8 weeks. I can only say give it time for your body to get used to the drug.

Hi Beatriz,
Glad you joined the conversation. My story is quite similar to yours. Just put my head in the sand, when it came to diabetes. My dr. finally gave me an ultimatum And prescribed Byetta, twice a day and I found that hard to deal with, but not really bad side effects. I finally when to a endocrinologist and ended up on Victoza. My fbg runs between 80-110 most mornings, previous it was 168-200. I’ve lost 25lbs and feel great. I’m taking 1.2 each morning. I did have some nausea for the first month, but it finally subsided. Someone on one of these chat lines suggested I take it 5 hours before eating, and I’m usually up around 4 am to use the bathroom, so I tried doing that and it really helped. Sometimes, still have a little nausea, but it passes quickly.
Overall, I’m very pleased with Victoza and hops that nothing makes me have to change.

The best of luck to you and let us know how you are doing.

I think I had every side effect you could have except vomiting. I felt like I had the flu, nauseous, really tired, burping, achy all over, headache, etc. That was after taking 1.2 for 2 days. Stopped for 3 days till I felt better then did .6 for most of the rest of the week. Still made me a bit nauseous and burping but not quite as bad. I was taking the shot around 3pm but tonite waited till 10p so hopefully I'll sleep through the worst of it.

Hi Beatriz,

I also just started Victoza 3 weeks ago, and started on insulin (Lantus pen) at the same time. I was nauseous for the first day, had no appetite for the first week, and had some dizziness / light-headedness and was just sort of out of it, unable to concentrate. I was fine by the end of the first week and so moved up to 1.2. The nausea and dizziness came back for a day or two. It's now been 3 weeks and I feel fine, but sadly the appetite suppressant effect has worn off too.

I take it at 9pm because that's when I'm most likely to stick with it and not forget. After reading a few other posts in this forum I'm thinking maybe I should switch to taking it in the morning, to help curb my appetite in the afternoon and evening.