- Victoza for diabetes: Victoza is used with improved diet and exercise to help control blood sugar levels in people ages 10 years and older with type 2 diabetes. It’s also used to reduce the risk of certain heart problems in adults with both type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Saxenda for weight loss: Saxenda is used to help with long-term weight loss in people ages 12 years and older with overweight or obesity.
Watch This Video to get to know the difference between both drugs
Saxenda and Victoza both contain the same active drug: liraglutide.
Liraglutide belongs to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way.
GLP-1 agonists work by increasing insulin levels and decreasing appetite.
Dosages, forms, and administration
- Victoza can be given in the following dosages: 0.6 mg, 1.2 mg, or 1.8 mg once per day. The dosage you use will depend on the treatment plan your doctor prescribes for you.
- Saxenda is used in a higher dosage than Victoza. Your dosage will gradually be increased over the first 5 weeks of treatment. The recommended dosage of Saxenda is 3 mg once a day.
Saxenda and Victoza and weight loss
Saxenda and Victoza contain the same active drug, but only Saxenda is approved to help with weight loss. Victoza isn’t approved for weight loss.
Some people who take Victoza for type 2 diabetes may lose some weight with the drug. But Saxenda is used in a higher dosage than Victoza. This helps people lose much more weight.
Common Side effects of Saxenda vs. Victoza
- Can occur with Saxenda:
- Abdominal pain
- Can occur with Victoza:
- upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold
- Back Pain