Compare Actos vs. Victoza

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Actos (pioglitazone)

Prescription only

Victoza (liraglutide)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Actos (pioglitazone) can improve blood sugar control but is not a top choice since it has a lot of side effects.

4.1/ 7 average rating with 175 reviewsforActos
Lowers your blood sugar.

Victoza (liraglutide) is a medicine you inject once a day to control diabetes, but it can be expensive.

6.5/ 7 average rating with 22 reviewsforVictoza
Upsides
  • Improves sugar control and lowers A1c levels by around 1%.
  • Easily taken by mouth as a once a day pill.
  • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs.
  • Rarely causes low blood sugar.
  • Lower the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • Lowers A1c (average blood sugar over time) up to 1.5%.
  • Helps with weight loss and controls appetite.
  • Only medicine in this class with proven heart health benefits.
  • No limitation for people with kidney problems, but close monitoring is recommended.
  • Medicine is ready to use, without need to mix.
Downsides
  • May take several weeks to lower blood sugar.
  • Can cause weight gain.
  • People with heart failure or history of bladder cancer shouldn't use this medicine.
  • Some people might get fluid accumulation (edema), from minor ankle swelling to fluid in lungs that makes it hard to breathe.
  • Raises the risk of bone fractures, especially for people who already have a risk for fractures.
  • Only available as an injection.
  • Brand name medicine and can be expensive.
  • Compared to other similar medicines, you have to inject this every day.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
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Reviews
175 
42%
think this treatment is worth it
30%
think this treatment works well
21%
think this treatment is a hassle

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22 
73%
think this treatment is worth it
91%
think this treatment works well
27%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Low blood sugar
    27%
  • Swelling
    27%
  • Colds and flu
    13%
  • Headache
    9%
  • Heart failure
    8%
  • Sinus infection
    6%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Pain in arms and legs
    6%
  • Muscle pain
    5%
  • Sore throat
    5%
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2possible side effects
  • Low blood sugar - self-treatable
    27%
  • Injection site reactions
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Heart failure

    Heart failure

  • Liver damage

    Current liver problems

  • Bladder cancer

    History of bladder cancer

  • Bone fracture

    Women

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  • Thyroid cancer

    History of MTC

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • inflammation of pancreas (pancreatitis)

    History of pancreatitis

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Kidney damage

    Kidney problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

    Use of insulin(s)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Severe stomach problems

    Stomach or digestive tract disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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