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Liraglutide – Is Victoza or Saxenda right for you?

Written by Dr Girouard M.D.

Updated December 20, 2023

In recent months, weight loss medications have swept the internet and social media. We at Dr. Girouard’s Weight Loss and Wellness Clinics, aren’t interested in a one size fits all model.

We know each client that comes in is an individual and we want to discover together what is right for you.

Part of that is letting you know what your options are and what is available.

So… Let’s talk about Liraglutide.

Liraglutide (Victoza and Saxenda) pen.

The Origins

Liraglutide is a remarkable medication classified as a GLP-1 Agonist. It was first developed in the late 1990s, when scientists at Novo Nordisk embarked on a journey to create a synthetic version of the hormone, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1).

This hormone is important because it plays a pivotal role in regulating blood sugar levels, primarily in the context of managing type 2 diabetes.

More than Diabetes

Liraglutide underwent rigorous evaluations and clinical trials to ensure its safety and effectiveness in diabetes management.

But what’s truly fascinating, is that during these trials, it revealed its potential for weight loss and obesity management. Consequently, it has become a valuable tool for healthcare providers in treating these conditions.

Understanding Liraglutide

At Dr. Girouard’s Weight Loss and Wellness Clinics, Liraglutide (Victoza and Saxenda) are often prescribed to assist our patients in managing their diabetes as well as to help them meet their weight loss goals.

Victoza was initially approved in Europe in 2009 and subsequently worldwide, including the United States, for type 2 diabetes. Victoza helps regulate your blood sugar by increasing the release of insulin from the pancreas in a response to elevated blood sugar levels. It also reduces the liver’s production of sugar.

Saxenda received approval in the United States for weight loss and weight management in 2014. It excels in appetite regulation and reducing food intake by slowing down the emptying of your stomach. By staying full much longer, individuals can decrease their calorie intake and lose weight effectively.

Consult with Us

Victoza and Saxenda are administered via injections, and as with any medication, may have potential side effects. That’s why consulting a healthcare professional is crucial for a proper evaluation, prescription, and guidance on their use.

Liraglutide is a valuable option for individuals wanting to take control of their type 2 diabetes and for individuals seeking effective weight loss solutions.

At Dr. Girouard’s Weight Loss and Wellness Clinics, we are excited to help you discover more.

Book an appointment with us and let’s explore the possibilities together.