(Paula Deen was once the spokesperson for Victoza….remember that?)
Victoza is a medication for diabetes that is injected daily. It is NOT INSULIN. Latest press suggests ADDING Victoza (liraglutide) to already high doses of insulin to improve blood sugar.
Victoza is not for those with type 1 diabetes who take insulin.
Why would a person with type 2 diabetes who is already taking high doses of insulin need this potentially dangerous drug? Apparently, they are injecting very high doses of insulin, but the insulin is not “fitting” properly. (Insulin Resistance). I’ll provide the safe solution at the end of this “skull and crossbones” article about Victoza (liraglutide).
Victoza has always had a black box warning linking it to thyroid cancer in rat studies. On June 15, 2011, the FDA issued an official FDA warning regarding pancreatitis as it relates to Victoza.
“Clinical trials have shown more cases of pancreatitis with liraglutide than with other diabetes drugs, so the FDA recommended patient monitoring after starting liraglutide or raising the dosage, for symptoms such as persistent severe abdominal pain. This pain can sometimes radiate to the back and is accompanied by vomiting.
Liraglutide should be immediately stopped if pancreatitis is suspected and not restarted if the disease is confirmed.
“The FDA urged a cautious approach in patients with a history of pancreatitis. The agency also highlighted the contraindication for liraglutide in patients with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer or a personal history of multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2.”
In addition to informing about the FDA Warning, I feel it’s my responsibility to provide information about this BLACK BOX WARNING medication taken directly from Victoza’s own website!
Important Safety Information
In animal studies, Victoza® caused thyroid tumors—including thyroid cancer—in some rats and mice. It is not known whether Victoza® causes thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) in people which may be fatal if not detected and treated early. Do not use Victoza® if you or any of your family members have a history of MTC or if you have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). While taking Victoza®, tell your doctor if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer.
Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) may be severe and lead to death. Before taking Victoza®, tell your doctor if you have had pancreatitis, gallstones, a history of alcoholism, or high blood triglyceride levels since these medical conditions make you more likely to get pancreatitis.
Stop taking Victoza® and call your doctor right away if you have pain in your stomach area that is severe and will not go away, occurs with or without vomiting, or is felt going from your stomach area through to your back. These may be symptoms of pancreatitis.
Before using Victoza®, tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, especially sulfonylurea medicines or insulin, as taking them with Victoza® may affect how each medicine works
Also tell your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Victoza®; have severe stomach problems such as slowed emptying of your stomach (gastroparesis) or problems with digesting food; have or have had kidney or liver problems; have any other medical conditions; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is unknown if Victoza® will harm your unborn baby or if Victoza® passes into your breast milk.
Your risk for getting hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is higher if you take Victoza® with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea. The dose of your sulfonylurea medicine may need to be lowered while taking Victoza®.
Victoza® may cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea leading to dehydration, which may cause kidney failure. This can happen in people who have never had kidney problems before. Drinking plenty of fluids may reduce your chance of dehydration.
The most common side effects with Victoza® include headache, nausea, and diarrhea. Nausea is most common when first starting Victoza®, but decreases over time in most people. Immune system related reactions, including hives, were more common in people treated with Victoza ®compared to people treated with other diabetes drugs in medical studies.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
This post is not meant to diagnose or treat. I am simply suggesting an alternative to over-medicating your diabetes with a drug that has the potential to cause harm. You and your health care provider make any changes in your medications and health care regimen. .
Those with type 1 diabetes cannot use Victoza.
Those with type 2 diabetes do not need Victoza. Why inject a medication with so many potential serious side effects when you can get wonderful results with one oral medication, insulin, and The Diabetes Miracle or The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition?
Talk with your MD or health care provider about discontinuing Victoza and adding Metformin to your insulin regimen. No other oral medication will be needed as you are already taking insulin (the big gun in diabetes treatment).
Metformin works to make insulin “fit” better and decreases resistance to insulin. In addition, it decreases excessive glycogen (glucose) release from the liver that is responsible for 50% of your blood glucose readings. Metformin is not a “new medication” …It’s been available for over 50 years and is the #1 prescribed oral medication for diabetes. Your MD will check your lab work to make sure that Metformin is a great medication for you.
A Suggested way to add Metformin to your medication regimen of insulin and Metformin.
Week one: 500mg Metformin with breakfast
Week two: 500mg Metformin with breakfast and dinner
Week three: 500mg Metformin with breakfast and 1000mg with dinner
Week four: 1000mg Metformin with breakfast and 1000mg with dinner
If you are taking insulin, consider asking about taking a long acting insulin at bedtime and a rapid acting insulin before meals and at bedtime. (if needed). Both of these insulin types come in insulin pens. Grab and go!
Long acting insulin (like Lantus or Levimir) is usually taken at bedtime. Your MD or health care provider will work with your long- acting insulin dose until you wake up with normal blood sugar.
In addition to long acting insulin, you would take rapid acting insulin (like Humalog or Novolog) before meals and at bedtime (if needed). The rapid acting insulin will normalize your pre meal blood glucose AND cover any carbohydrate foods you will eat at the meal.
1 FOLLOW THE DIABETES MIRACLE OR THE METABOLISM MIRACLE PROGRAM AS IF YOUR HEALTH DEPENDS ON IT!
2.TEST YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE FASTING, PRE LUNCH, PRE DINNER, AND AT BEDTIME Your MD will tell you your goal pre meal and bedtime blood glucoser and how many units of fast acting insulin you should take to normalize high pre meal readings. If you intend to eat carbohydrate foods at the upcoming meal, ask your MD how much rapid acting insulin to add to your “corrective rapid acting insulin” to cover the carbs you will eat. One injection of rapid acting insulin will correct your blood glucose and cover carb grams!
3. YOU MAY TAKE YOUR LONG ACTING INSULIN AT BEDTIME (HEALTH CARE PROVIDER DECIDES)
4. TAKE YOUR METFORMIN WITH BREAKFAST AND DINNER
Report your blood glucose readings highlighting low or high blood glucose. Your MD or health care provider will make insulin adjustments for you. Ask your MD how to treat hypoglycemia if it should occur.
You CAN manage your type 2 diabetes with lifestyle, Metformin, and insulin….The Metabolism Miracle/The Diabetes Miracle will be your lifetime/lifestyle program.
I have had type 2 diabetes for 19 years….I have excellent control with no medications following The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition or The Diabetes Miracle!
I promise that if you follow the program and take the medication (insulin/Metformin) ordered by your MD, PA, NP….you WILL lose excess fat, normalize your blood sugar, and get on the road to health and wellness! All this within 8 weeks! Diane Kress, RD CDE and here for YOU!
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