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4/21/16 11:21 A

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Been on Victoza 3 years and doing well. But, moving away from SP did a number on me. I realized that I need SP support and to log on my intake of food or else not even Victoza will come to the rescue of bringing my numbers down. emoticon emoticon

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12/7/14 8:07 A

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On Victoza for 10 days now. Lost 5.4 pounds . Dose will increase to the next level tomorrow. Blood sugar on rising was 132 yesterday and 111 today. This is really good for me because I was normally around 150-177. Completely out of control. my A1c over 11. My energy level started to increase yesterday. Cleaned my kitchen, dining room and all my appliances. Hopefully will do my bedroom today. I'm really excited about this med. I hope my body accepts the next dosage. I also exercised 30 minutes on the nustep. Wow.



















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12/1/14 12:48 A

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BARBARAT77,
I totally changed what I eat, and that brought my appetite under control.

Snacks for me now are fat and protein oriented, like cheese, or nuts that are lower in carbs. I knew that carbs impacted my blood sugar, but I didn't think about how much they impact hunger.

My goal is 30 to 50 grams of net carbs per day (don't count fibre). It takes about 3 days to a week to feel normal again and be unaddicted to excessive carbs.

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11/30/14 11:44 A

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New to Victoza started it on Thanksgiving day. No side effects yet. Have been drinking plenty water & chamomile tea to keep stomach settled. Has anyone changed the way they are eating or are you relying on the shot to curve our appetite and bring your numbers under control? Are you taking vitamins to help protect your heart & thyroid? I would like to know if you are exercising and what your energy level is? Just wanting to know what to expect I need this med to work for me. Took byetta years ago. Didn't work. Also anyone experiencing bloating?

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I'm with you WILDKAT,
It's a tougher pill to swallow, but I agree with you, that low carb eating manages type 2 diabetes the best.

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10/9/13 10:31 A

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Wow - that is expensive... while I will not be trying Victoza myself, (at least not anytime soon because I am happy with my control at the moment) I am glad that they are still coming up with new ways to treat diabetes! - But I still think very low carb is the best treatment. the lower carb you go the less meds you need (at least for most people)

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10/9/13 9:10 A

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Hubby went on Victoza and Metformin (2x/day), along with very low carb diet, as a first line attack on newly-diagnosed diabetes II under the care of an endocrinologist. Since he hadn't seen a doctor in years his numbers were truly terrifying. Great combo that really helped with weight loss and blood sugars, not without some nausea but not bad. After 9 months, the endo OK'd removing Victoza. Hubby's AM blood sugars were initially much higher with just Metformin but have been coming down gradually, helped by additional weight loss due to more exercise and continued low-carb diet. If you have no insurance or are on a high-deductible plan, be advised that Victoza is a VERY EXPENSIVE drug. We spent well over $2K paying for it for the 9 months my husband was using it, but it was worth it.

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10/8/13 11:20 A

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I started on Victoza a few weeks ago along with Metformin 2x a day. At first, I got bad stomach aches at night and a few times in the morning. What I have learned is that I cannot eat late at night or I will get a bad stomach ache or eat too much at dinner. I figure that because this drug works to slow the digestion process, if you eat too much, it will give you abdominal discomfort. So, in essence, you have to eat moderately so you can feel ok and not get pain in your belly. I did not get nausea, just abdominal pain. For the most part, I have been ok but have come to that deduction, too much food leads to abdominal pain. Although, the website says that you should report any abdominal pain, I guess I will let my doctor know. She has me on a 3-month trial period.

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8/20/13 9:37 P

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Hello. I've been absent from this website for a few months, and just joined this group. I started Victoza today and have high hopes it, along with Metformin, and of course diet and exercise, will help me reach my weight loss goals and get my diabetes under control.

Those of you taking Victoza (and Metformin), how are you doing? Any words of advise regarding any foods that aren't being tolerated by your tummy?

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7/2/13 7:11 A

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To add to the conversation, I was on Victoza for a year. In the beginning I too had the nausea for about 2 wks but my endocrinologist told me it would soon pass, and it did. At first I lost about 7 to 9 pounds and I thought wow, I like this. But then the weight was up and down, if anything I do feel it curbed my appetite and kept me from gaining as fast, as to be honest I wasn't focusing much on losing weight, not seriously anyway.

As time went on, with Victoza and taking Humalog 75/25 I got my blood sugar under control but did find that over time I experienced very low blood sugar for me, the lowest I remember was 39, talk about scary. When the prescription ran out after a year I no longer take it, and my blood sugar is still doing well, my last A1C was a 7.

I believe Victoza's benefits outweigh the risk factors and helped contribute to getting my blood sugars under control. I did have more energy and finally a sense of feeling "good" and that made the experience all worth it.

Hoping for you all good results as well as we together learn to live with this disease. God Bless

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2/20/13 9:28 A

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Doing great after starting Victoza. My numbers since I started 110,108,85,100 a little nausea after the first 2 days and doing great after that.

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1/8/13 3:00 P

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Hi Jennifer, do you take Victoza with any oral medication? How are your numbers?

Congrats on the 14 pounds! That's fantastic!! Keep up the great work. It sounds like you are well on your way!

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1/8/12 5:29 P

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I started Victoza December 13th. As of today i have lost 14 pounds already. i and doing exercises, situps and working out at home with lots of walking. i am used to he shots and sugars are doing not bad. If u get nausea just take gravol. it helps. u do get used to it eventually.:) good luck. i find it well worth the nausea :)

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1/6/12 11:43 A

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I am supposed to start victoza today, I have a few apprehensions about taking it because of the nausea I already have IBS and I just don't want to be sick all the time, but on the other hand I would love to have some help losing weight. Any advice?

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3/23/11 6:18 P

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Hi. I am really happy for you, and it's great that you were able to get back onto Victoza, since that works better for you! Thanks so much for letting us know that you are doing well and not having a problem with the injections. It becomes so routine it's no big deal after a few times, right? Congratulation on your weight loss too!!! emoticon

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3/21/11 6:50 P

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Guys I did lose 12lbs without any effort when first put on Victoza. I did well and was switched to Byatta by Doc and insurance. Blood glucose did not do nearly as well on B. Now I am back on the V and hope to do better. I quickly got used to the daily injection and the small needle is definitly the key. Let's all win this battle.

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10/15/10 7:52 P

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I have been using Victoza for maybe 2 months or so. I felt slightly nauseous during the first or second week, so I discontinued it for one day, but my friend is a diabetes educator and encouraged me to try it again, so I only skipped one day, and now I do NOT have negative side effects from Victoza. When I used Byetta about a year ago, for several months, I kept having sporadic vomiting and blood sugar readings that went too low, so my endocrinologist agreed that I shouldn't keep taking it, if I kept vomiting, and feeling awful from the injections. Victoza isn't causing me the same problems, and my insurance company DOES pay for it, except for my copay. It makes me NOT feel as hungry. I LOVE VICTOZA.

Oh, about not liking to have to inject yourself.......it really makes a big difference how thick or long the needle is. I use "BD Ultra-Fine Pen Needles" that say "Nano 4mm, 32 Gauge). Honestly, it doesn't hurt whatsover when I inject the needles into alternating arms each day. I only had one day that I got a tiny drop of blood that came up to the top of my skin, from the injection. Every other injection with these needles has caused NO BLEEDING. And, I am on a blood thinner every day, with them keeping my blood thinner than most people have as a target goal. So, if I'm not drawing blood with these injections, and feel no pain from them, I highly suggest you ask your doctor to prescribe this same kind of needles for your Victoza.

Also, if you think testing your blood sugar hurts, please try using the inside or outside edges of your little fingers. It doesn't hurt to draw blood for my blood sugar checks from those areas.

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8/1/10 8:13 P

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I've been on Victoza for about a month. I was on Byetta for a year or two before this, of course, I stopped Byetta when I started Victoza. I couldn't tell much of a difference at first but now it seems like I feel better, more energy, better blood glucose, BUT I also resumed very regular exercise so those changes could be from the exercise also. I lost about 40 lbs on Byetta, mostly from the nausea and lack of appetite (which I didn't fight, I embraced!!!) I go back to the Dr and have blood work scheduled next month to check on the thyroid stuff, etc.

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Good for you. I have gottrn away from my byetta as I was having blood sugar drops. I think I should get back on the byetta and track & report to my Doctor.

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6/2/10 1:10 P

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Getting used to giving the morning injection. Feel better, more energy,less appetite have had some chest pains. Drinking more water to accommodate meds. Seem to be losing a couple of pounds a week so far.(369 in the doctor's office when this started.) Saw 359 on Monday. Will keep you posted.

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Whatevr works for you, go for it. I'm sure the Dr. knew the risks when it was prescribed, but nw you know what to watch out for. Good luck and keep the BS under control...Big Al

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5/21/10 5:52 P

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Read all about risk yesterday. Going to give it a chance for the trial month at least. Results may prove worth the risk. I feel better and more alert. We will see. Thanks

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You should google it and look at the cautions then make your own decision. seems like your thyroid is at risk.

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5/20/10 2:18 P

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Doc says that it will improve A1c and that I may have some weight loss. Good results with one of the office worker patients. Hope to do both.

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Never heard of it either. Check Medco.Com who handles my prescription coverage. No info yet, except cost. I do use Byetta. No results on weight loss, but it's great on the sugars. Have to be careful about overdoses as it could drop your blood sugar too low. Also, you might not want to dose before exercise due to possible low sugar problem. As always, check with Doctor and as much as it hurts, ead the info that comes with the medication. Good luck and let us know how it works for you...Big Al

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Never heard of it. I ckecked online and ti seems it is like byetta. I took byetta for awile and it did great for sugars and helped me loose weight. What did your doctor say?

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Started a new med yesterday: Victoza. What do you know about it. Who else is on it and how do you do? It is an injection and of course I am pouting about having the needle in my life now. Over it, but craving news from fellow users.
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