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Victoza

VICTOZA®
(liraglutide) Injection




WARNING

RISK OF THYROID C-CELL TUMORS

  • Liraglutide causes dose-dependent and treatment-duration-dependent thyroid C-cell tumors at clinically relevant exposures in both genders of rats and mice. It is unknown whether VICTOZA causes thyroid C-cell tumors , including medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), in humans , as the human relevance of liraglutide-induced rodent thyroid C-cell tumors has not been determined [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and Nonclinical Toxicology].
  • VICTOZA is contraindicated in patients with a personal or family history of MTC and in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). Counsel patients regarding the potential risk for MTC with the use of VICTOZA and inform them of symptoms of thyroid tumors (e.g. a mass in the neck, dysphagia, dyspnea, persistent hoarseness). Routine monitoring of serum calcitonin or using thyroid ultrasound is of uncertain value for early detection of MTC in patients treated with VICTOZA [see CONTRAINDICATIONS and WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

DRUG DESCRIPTION

VICTOZA contains liraglutide, an analog of human GLP-1 and acts as a GLP-1 receptor agonist. The peptide precursor of liraglutide, produced by a process that includes expression of recombinant DNA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has been engineered to be 97% homologous to native human GLP-1 by substituting arginine for lysine at position 34. Liraglutide is made by attaching a C-16 fatty acid (palmitic acid) with a glutamic acid spacer on the remaining lysine residue at position 26 of the peptide precursor. The molecular formula of liraglutide is C172H265N43O51 and the molecular weight is 3751.2 Daltons. The structural formula (Figure 1) is:

Figure 1 : Structural Formula of liraglutide

VICTOZA® (liraglutide) Structural Formula Illustration

VICTOZA is a clear, colorless or almost colorless solution. Each 1 mL of VICTOZA solution contains 6 mg of liraglutide and the following inactive ingredients: disodium phosphate dihydrate, 1.42 mg; propylene glycol, 14 mg; phenol, 5.5 mg; and water for injection. Each pre-filled pen contains a 3 mL solution of VICTOZA equivalent to 18 mg liraglutide (free-base, anhydrous).

What are the possible side effects of liraglutide (Victoza)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • swelling or a lump in your throat area;
  • hoarse voice, trouble swallowing, feeling short of breath;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • weakness, confusion, increased thirst, loss of appetite, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
  • swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath;
  • pancreatitis...

Read All Potential Side Effects and See Pictures of Victoza »

Last reviewed on RxList: 9/22/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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