Victoza comes as a pen injection
Victoza comes as a ready-to-use injection pen, which is pre-filled with the medicine. One pen has 30 doses of 0.6 mg, 15 doses of 1.2 mg or 10 doses of 1.8 mg.
The Victoza pen has a dose selector that makes it easy for you to select your dose. If you selected a wrong dose by mistake, you can change it by turning the dose selector backwards or forwards until the right dose lines up with the pointer.
Use Victoza once a day
You can have your dose at any time of the day, with or without food. When you have found the most convenient time of the day, it's best to inject Victoza around the same time of the day.
Victoza pens are not pre-fitted with needles
A suitably sized needle has to be attached to the pen. Your pharmacist will advise you on which needles are funded. Always use a new needle for each injection.
Change (rotate) your injection site each day
The best places to give yourself the injection are the front of your thighs, abdomen (tummy), or your upper arm.
Change (rotate) your injection site each day. You can use the same area of your body, but be sure to choose a different injection site in that area. Don't inject into skin that is sore, bruised, red, hard, scarred or skin that has stretch marks or psoriasis plaques.
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If you forget your dose of Victoza
If you forget a dose, use Victoza as soon as you remember. However, if it's more than 12 hours since you should have used Victoza, skip the missed dose. Then take your next dose as usual the following day. Don't take an extra dose or increase the dose on the following day to make up for the missed dose.
If you're unwell
Most people tend to have raised blood glucose (hyperglycaemia) when they're unwell, so it's important to continue taking your diabetes medicine. Victoza usually doesn't cause problems if you are slightly unwell. If you're dehydrated, with vomiting (being sick) and diarrhoea (runny poo) and not eating and drinking as usual, you may need to stop your injections until you feel better. Let your healthcare provider know if this happens so they can advise on whether you need to stop, and when to re-start.
Read more about sick day plans for people with type 2 diabetes.
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