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What are the side effects of liraglutide (Victoza) when treating my diabetes?

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The most common ones include nausea, diarrhea, and headache. Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which may be severe, is another side effect. All GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) drugs, including liraglutide, have a boxed warning noting that in animal studies, this type of drug has been linked to thyroid cancer in some rats and mice. Experts don't know whether that link is also true in people. It's possible to have an allergic reaction to liraglutide, or to get low blood sugar while you take it.

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Trulicty web site.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 21, 2020

SOURCES:

Nathan D. Diabetes Care, January 2009. 

Chiara Rossi M. Acta Biomed. 2009.

American Diabetes Association: "Other Injectable Medications."

Jones M. American Family Physician. June 2007.

UC Davis Health System: "Other injectable medications for diabetes."

Parks M. New England Journal of Medicine, 2010.

Meade L. Journal of Pharmacy Practice, December 2009.

FDA: "Byetta (exenatide) -- Renal Failure."

UpToDate: “Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus

Trulicty web site.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 21, 2020

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