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Ozempic vs. Saxenda, Victoza

Are Ozempic and Saxenda, Victoza the Same Thing?

Ozempic (semaglutide) Injection and Saxenda, Victoza (liraglutide [rDNA origin]) Injection are glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Saxenda, Victoza is used in adult patients with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese), or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition (e.g., hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, or dyslipidemia).

Side effects of Ozempic and Saxenda, Victoza that are similar include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain or upset, and constipation.

Side effects of Saxenda, Victoza that are different from Ozempic include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), decreased appetite, headache, dizziness, fatigue, indigestion, bloating, gas, urinary tract infection (UTI), dry mouth, changes in taste, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), belching, injection site reactions or redness, lack of energy or weakness, gastroenteritis, anxiety, or insomnia.

Both Ozempic and Saxenda, Victoza may interact with other oral medications taken at the same time.

Ozempic may also interact with insulin secretagogues or insulin.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Ozempic?

Common side effects of Ozempic include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Saxenda, Victoza?

Common side effects of Saxenda, Victoza include:

  • nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • vomiting,
  • low blood sugar (hypoglycemia),
  • decreased appetite,
  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • fatigue,
  • abdominal or stomach pain or upset,
  • indigestion,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • urinary tract infection,
  • dry mouth,
  • changes in taste,
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD),
  • belching,
  • injection site reactions or redness,
  • lack of energy or weakness,
  • gastroenteritis,
  • anxiety, or
  • insomnia.

Saxenda, Victoza does not usually cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Low blood sugar may occur if Fortamet is prescribed with other anti-diabetic medications. Symptoms of low blood sugar include sudden sweating, shaking, fast heartbeat, hunger, blurred vision, dizziness, or tingling hands/feet. Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Fortamet including shortness of breath, swelling or rapid weight gain, fever, body aches, or flu symptoms.

What Is Ozempic?

Ozempic (semaglutide) Injection is a glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

What Is Saxenda, Victoza?

Saxenda, Victoza (liraglutide [rDNA origin]) Injection is an analog of human GLP-1 and acts as a GLP-1 receptor agonist used for as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adult patients with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese), or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition (e.g., hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, or dyslipidemia).

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What Drugs Interact With Ozempic?

Ozempic may interact with an insulin secretagogue or insulin, and other oral medications taken at the same time. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Ozempic; it is unknown how it would affect a fetus. It is unknown if Ozempic passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Saxenda, Victoza?

Saxenda, Victoza may interact with other oral medications taken at the same time. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should Ozempic Be Taken?

The initial dose of Ozempic is 0.25mg once weekly. After 4 weeks, increase the dose to 0.5 mg once weekly. If after at least 4 weeks additional glycemic control is needed, increase to 1mg once weekly.

How Should Saxenda, Victoza Be Taken?

The recommended dosage of Saxenda, Victoza is 3 mg daily.

QUESTION

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References

Novo Nordisk. Ozempic Product Information.
https://www.ozempic.com
Novo Nordisk. Saxenda Product Information.
https://www.saxendapro.com

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