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Liraglutide

INFORMATION

Uses

Liraglutide is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

How it works

Liraglutide increases the amount of insulin released by the pancreas in order to lower the blood glucose.

Common side effects

Pain, Pale colored skin, Abdominal bloating, Abnormal kidney function test, Altered vision, Anxiety, Confusion, Bronchitis, Cold sweat, Common cold, Dehydration, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Vomiting, Nausea, Impaired concentration, Injection site bruise, Irritation, Rash, Itching, Sleepiness, Tachycardia, Gastric pain, Constipation, Facial swelling, Throat swelling, Tremor, Fatigue

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Expert advice

  • Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with a proper diet alone or a diet along with exercise. A planned diet and exercising are always important when you have diabetes, even when you are taking antidiabetic medicines. 
  • It should be injected under the skin and not into the veins or muscles.
  • Liraglutide does not help patients who have type 1 diabetes. 
  • Use this medicine at any time within  60 minutes before your meal. 
  • Do not use this medicine after your meal. 
  • If you have severe problem with slow stomach emptying (gastroparesis) or food digestion, then the use of this medicine is not recommended. 

Frequently asked questions

Liraglutide

Q.Is liraglutide insulin?
Liraglutide is not insulin

Q.what is liraglutide made from?
Liraglutide belongs to the class of drugs called incretin mimetics such as human-glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1).It is a synthetic (man-made) hormone which acts like GLP-1

Q.What is liraglutide used for?
It is used as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes

Q.Is liraglutide FDA approved?
Yes, it is approved by FDA

Q.Is liraglutide safe?
Liraglutide is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.Is liraglutide licensed/ approved with insulin?
Liraglutide is licensed/ approved with insulin

Q.Is liraglutide a biologic?
Liraglutide is not a biologic, it is a synthetic glucagon-like peptide-1

Q.Does liraglutide cause weight loss/ weight gain?
Liraglutide causes weight loss by reducing hunger and lowering energy intake

Q.How long does liraglutide take to work?
Liraglutide is absorbed in the blood as soon as it is injected and acts immediately.


Content on this page was last updated on 05 December, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)