Is Victoza the same as Lantus or Humalog?

Dr. William Sullivan


Victoza (liraglutide) is a medication in the class called GLP-1 agonists. The other medication in this class is Byetta (exenatide). Both medications work by mimicking the effects of a hormone called GLP-1. These medications have been shown to be effective in improving diabetes control, as well as in promoting weight loss. The other medications that you mention are different types of insulin – Lantus and Humalog. Lantus is a long-acting basal insulin that lasts up to 24 hours. The other long-acting insulin is Levemir insulin. Humalog is one of three rapid-acting insulins – the other two being Novolog and Apidra. These rapid-acting insulins are useful to control blood glucose levels after meals. You should discuss with your healthcare provider which of these medications would be indicated in your situation.