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Liraglutide Solution for injection
It is used to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes
Generic Name: Victoza
What is this medicine?LIRAGLUTIDE (LIR a GLOO tide) is used to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes. This medicine may be used with other oral diabetes medicines.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-endocrine tumors (MEN 2) or if someone in your family had these tumors
-history of alcohol abuse problem
-history of pancreatitis
-kidney disease or if you are on dialysis
-previous swelling of the tongue, face, or lips with difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat
-thyroid cancer or if someone in your family had thyroid cancer
-an unusual or allergic reaction to liraglutide, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for injection under the skin of your upper leg, stomach area, or upper arm. You will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
-birth control pills
-lisinoprilMany medications may cause changes in blood sugar, these include:
-alcohol containing beverages
-aspirin and aspirin-like drugs
-female hormones, such as estrogens or progestins, birth control pills
-male hormones or anabolic steroids
-medications for weight loss
-medicines for allergies, asthma, cold, or cough
-medicines for mental problems
-medicines called MAO inhibitors - Nardil, Parnate, Marplan, Eldepryl
-NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen
-quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, ofloxacin
-some herbal dietary supplements
-steroid medicines such as prednisone or cortisone
-thyroid hormonesSome medications can hide the warning symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). You may need to monitor your blood sugar more closely if you are taking one of these medications. These include:
-beta-blockers, often used for high blood pressure or heart problems (examples include atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol)
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. To control your diabetes, you must use this medicine regularly and follow a diet and exercise schedule. Checking and recording your blood sugar and urine ketone levels regularly is important. Use a blood sugar measuring device before you treat high or low blood sugar.
Always carry a quick-source of sugar with you in case you have symptoms of low blood sugar. Examples include hard sugar candy or glucose tablets. Make sure family members know that you can choke if you eat or drink when you develop serious symptoms of low blood sugar, such as seizures or unconsciousness. They must get medical help at once.
Wear a medical identification bracelet or chain to say you have diabetes, and carry a card that lists all your medications.
Many nonprescription cough and cold products contain sugar or alcohol. These can affect diabetes control or can alter the results of tests used to monitor blood sugar. Avoid alcohol. Avoid products that contain alcohol or sugar.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-low blood sugar (ask your doctor or healthcare professional for a list of these symptoms)
-pain in the lower back
-reduced appetite or a slight weight loss
-severe stomach pain
-shortness of breath
-swelling of the neck
-unusually weak or tiredSide effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store unopened pen in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze or use if the medicine has been frozen. Protect from light and excessive heat. After you first use the pen, it can be stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) or in a refrigerator. Throw away your used pen after 30 days or after the expiration date, whichever comes first.
Do not store your pen with the needle attached. If the needle is left on, medicine may leak from the pen.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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