victoza or byetta

kgc
By kgc Latest Reply 2011-02-27 18:49:55 -0600
Started 2010-06-27 17:36:42 -0500

hi all, my name is ken and im new to the site i have had diabetes type 2 since 2000, and its gotten much worse, problem is insulin being upeed because i cant seem to lose the weight i am carrying. my wife is also type 2 and the dr just put her on victoza a new drug. has anyone heard or use this please let me know i need some help here, thanks so much! ken


6 replies

nancysdojo3
nancysdojo3 2011-02-27 18:49:55 -0600 Report

I did the drug study for victoza then went on byetta after that. The byetta was hard because if you don't take it just right 20 mins b4 your meal it makes you sick. Plus it was a pain to have to carry it with you. Now I take the Victoza and metformin and its so much easier. It works great and I've lost almost 40 lbs on it since august. It costs me $500.00 every 3 months copay with my ins. though but if I can keep losing the weight I might be able to get off diabetis meds all together so I figure its worth it. I've been doin zumba 5 days a week too.

Asesina
Asesina 2010-06-29 12:17:59 -0500 Report

I started using Victoza about two weeks ago. So far so good, no problems noted. I was on byetta before, but that didn't work for me since it has to be injected before meals and I am always on the run. Having to carry it with me was not so great. But once in the morning with Victoza, is great.
Now as for the price, I've heard some people in here say it is too expensive, but my insurance covers it, I only pay 25 bucks. So I really couldn't help you on that.

sugartwin01
sugartwin01 2010-08-13 08:42:05 -0500 Report

My insurance is giving me a hard time about covering it! Blue Cross/Blue Shield Ins… has us with CVS Insurance… and CVS says they will cover Victoza… but only if it is in a certain dosage amount in the shot.. BUT.. Victoza does NOT manufactor it for amount CVS requires!… May I ask which Ins. Co. you are with?.. I may attempt to switch ins!

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-06-28 10:00:22 -0500 Report

Do you have type 1 or type 2? I have mixed feelings about Victoza. It does seem to work but the cost vs benefit is not in it's favor and the safety of it has not been established very well, there are several safety conditions that the FDA tagged on to it's approval that will be investigated over the next 5-15 years.

darlene1956
darlene1956 2010-08-30 14:40:19 -0500 Report

I've been on V for about 5 months and I've lost about 25 LBS so far. My A1C has went from 7.9 or so to 6.5. I take Onyglyza tablet and V in the morning and thats all. I eat less and healthier and walk.