A drug may be helpful or harmful. Learning the facts about drugs can help you see the risks of chasing this excitement or escape. Here’s what you need to know about Liraglutide (Victoza). Liraglutide is a long acting glucagon-like peptide-1 agonist medication. The drug has been marketed as Victoza and it belongs to the group of incretin mimetics. Liraglutide in its Victoza form is administered as a subcutaneous injection of the abdomen, thigh or arm and it is used to treat people who have type 2 diabetes and who are not able to control their blood sugar levels with oral medicines. This drug is manufactured by Novo Nordisk.
People who are using Victoza risk to develop medullary thyroid cancer. Because of the uncertain relevance of the rodent thyroid C-cell tumor findings to humans it is advisable to prescribe Victoza only to patients to whom the potential benefits are considered to outweigh the potential risk.
Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong disease that affects the way your body uses food for energy. This disease develops when the cells of the body become resistant to insulin or the pancreas can’t produce enough insulin that results in high blood sugar levels. Incretin is a natural hormone that makes your body release insulin after eating to lower your blood sugar. Incretin mimetics are substances that mimic the activities of incretin by:
- Encouraging your body to release insulin when your blood sugar rises
- Preventing your pancreas from producing too much glucagon
- Slowing down the rate at which your stomach empties after eating.
The full list of drugs in incretin mimetics class that are used to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes you can find in our video.
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