Medication (Victoza)

By SugarPieHunny Latest Reply 2011-08-04 01:10:11 -0500
Started 2011-06-05 23:24:07 -0500

My doctor prescribed Victoza, but I have serious reservations about the research on mice. This medication has been proven to cause thyroid cancer in mice. Why then, is it being approved for human use? Does anybody else have any comments about the benefits or risks of Victoza?

28 replies

granniesophie 2011-06-08 17:43:30 -0500 Report

OK, so, rats and mice apparently are born with Cancer, and it just takes a drug (any drug, pick a drug) to bring it out in them. It's genetic!!
Everything has side effects, I think its how each person reacts that matters.
I told my Mom (the 79 year old hypochondriac) that if she thinks she's going to get a side effect, she's going to think herself into it and get it. A little simplistic perhaps, but, the point is, sometimes we read there is a side effect so we think we should get it. Its sort of how much you think you can put up with and how long it lasts before you throw in the towel.

skuzminski82 2011-06-08 17:05:34 -0500 Report

i am on it and i am doing great.

i am off the insulin now. a few months ago my blood sugars were over 400 and now i am off of the lantus solostar and i was able to go down from 1.8 victoza to 1.2 last night.
now my morning blood sugars are between 80-100
my doctor thinks soon i might be able to get off the victoza.

Spottsmom 2011-06-08 11:09:32 -0500 Report

I have to say i am Thankful that i found Victoza.
I was on max amounts of meds and had done education classes and was eating healthy and was still not able to get it together and once i was placed on it My numbers got under control i was able to lose some weight and yesterday started walking mind you this may not seem big to most but i was using a walker and cane and unable to go across the street a few years ago i am now walking 0.8 miles Again not a lot but one heck of a good start and i plan to keep at it and work on a gym membership.
This medicine got my sugar under control enough that i was able to feel better and in my opinion i will take the chances if it means i can live my life again

Oh and i have had No side effects

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-08 17:02:34 -0500 Report

Congrats on saying goodbye to your walker and cane. I did the same last year - it was a wonderful feeling. You are making fantastick progress with your walking. My husband has an incomplete spinal cord injury. His walking has slowly been improving. Two years ago he could take a long walk on a short pier and not reach the end. This year we have had to find longer places to walk, he doesn't know how to swim and can finally reach the end of the pier.

Spottsmom 2011-06-08 17:14:51 -0500 Report

i still battle pain issues and am working on getting off pain meds i know i have to move slow with it but it is so exciting when you reach a place that works. Thanks to victoza I m not sleping all the time or battling sugar issues and hoping that with control my neuropathy will not increase any more

DJackwon 2011-06-07 15:06:46 -0500 Report

I am also very skittish about taking new medications, cause I scare the heck out of myself by reading the possible complications. Yet when I had cancer I knew the only cure for it was to allow poison to be placed into my body. It is good to be well informed, and no what to watch for, but I believe the actual percentage of those who have life threatening reactions are small.

Then I decided to take a deep breath, phone near by…family on alert, [ just in case ] everytime I took something new. So the funny or not so funny thing that happened last week was I found I had a kidney stone…[ouch! would rather have a baby trust me!] So I was medicated up, and given a prescription for an antibiotic.

Just so happened my pharmacy computer had gone down, and my urologist had missed that I had an allergy to Cipro. They gave me the prescription, and thank God something told me to look at the label, it was cipro! Called the pharmacy and they had thier computers up and there it was allergic to Cipro. I don't understand how the Dr missed it, and then the backup missed it! I am so glad I do taie the time to read, read, read…

Might be good to discuss your concerns about the medication with your Dr, and remember, advocate for yourself, no one knows you or your body, like you do!
Good luck!

- Debbie -

doggier 2011-06-06 23:10:39 -0500 Report

when i first became a diabtic my doctor put me on victoza. it made me so sick, i could not stay on it, but it effects different people in different ways

Copperchef 2011-06-06 20:06:28 -0500 Report

I have been on the drug since November 2010. I have never had better control of my type2 since going on it. Only side effect I had was a little nausea when I increased dose from 0.6mg to 1.2mg. Am currently at 1.8mg, have cut my Metformin dose in half, lost 40 lbs. and feeling great. I am sooo glad to be off Janumet !!!!

MarkieMarkie 2011-06-06 14:38:37 -0500 Report

Took Victoza for 45 days… the best I'd felt in alomost 4 years. Dr. took me off of it becasue i was doing better with AIC level. I had no side affects while on the medication.

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-06-06 10:05:54 -0500 Report

I too have bee taking Victoza for over a month now bs are avg 108, lost 22lbs and feel great. So far no side effects.

Btfleyes 2011-06-06 09:51:09 -0500 Report

I am taking Victoza it's really helping my blood sugar to stay down. I am worried about some of the side effects, but everything has them.

AuntieM234 2011-06-06 03:08:18 -0500 Report

Sorry, Sugar, I don't know anything about Victoza. I'd never heard of it before reading your Discussion Topic. I just know that most of us are using meds that bear the possibility of all sorts of side-effects. I read the material Jayabee52 provided. If I was taking it, and it was working well for me, I don't think the article would scare me into dropping it. ;-) Mara

Infinity1956 2011-06-06 01:07:36 -0500 Report

The government ought to be ashamed of themselves now we all know why America is going down the tubes because of lying greedy uncaring people. Why take something that kills mice to go in your own system?

jayabee52 2011-06-06 02:10:11 -0500 Report

well, don't tell people who use coumadin that, Jackie! Coumadin is AKA "Warfarin" which is the main ingredient in D-Con rat and mouse poison, yet people RELY on Coumadin to keep their blood from clotting too quickly.

And just because mouse studies have shown promising results for a diabetes medication, doesn't mean it will be beneficial in higher mammals like chimps or humans. Often the results don't transfer.

The rodent studies are useful to see if there is promise in a substance or proceedure because it doesn't take as long a time to grow a mouse or rat to maturity versus a chimp or a human. If there is promise, then it is taken to a higher level of mammal.

Elrond 2011-06-06 02:29:31 -0500 Report

I've been taking warfarin (coumadin) regularly since my stroke in April of 1994, While it's true that the drug was originally developed as rat poison, it has been proven extremely effective and safe in preventing unwanted coagulation (blood clots) and therefore sharply reducing the danger of strokes and some heart attacks.

jayabee52 2011-06-06 02:40:54 -0500 Report

I forgot to tell Jackie that my beloved "Jem" took Coumadin when she was alive. I'm sure that helped prolong her life too, as she had CHF among other things.

Good to see you around, Elrond!

Elrond 2011-06-06 02:47:04 -0500 Report

It's good to be back. I've had some computer issues for the last couple of months but I hope they're solved now.

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