Compare Glucotrol vs. Victoza

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

Glucotrol
(glipizide)

Victoza
(liraglutide)

Lowers blood sugar. Glucotrol (glipizide) is an effective medicine for lowering blood sugar, but it can cause your blood sugar level to be too low so you must always carry some form of sugar with you that can be readily used.Lowers your blood sugar. Victoza (liraglutide) is a medicine you inject once a day to control diabetes, but it can be expensive.
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4.29Glucotrol
Reviews for Glucotrol
50%
of people (All ages) say Glucotrol is worth it
32%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
332 reviews
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Reviews for Victoza
73%
-23% worse vs. Glucotrol
91%
-59% worse vs. Glucotrol
27%
+8% better vs. Glucotrol
Have you used Victoza (liraglutide)?
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Side effects
GlucotrolVictoza
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Nervousness 1%
  • Tremor 4%
  • Passing gas 2%
  • Low blood sugar 3%
  • Constipation 3%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Headache 2%
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  • Nausea 13%
  • Headache 4%
  • Diarrhea 6%
  • Low appetite 9%
  • Runny nose and congestion 1%
  • Head cold 1%
  • Vomiting 4%
  • Constipation 4%
  • Indigestion 3%
  • Back pain 1%
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How it works
GlucotrolVictoza
Glucotrol (glipizide) stimulates your body to release insulin and lower blood sugar.Victoza (liraglutide) is a medication for diabetes. It stimulates your body to make and release more insulin, stops the body from releasing more sugar, and slows down digestion.
Type of medication
GlucotrolVictoza
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
GlucotrolVictoza
  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Injection
Used for
GlucotrolVictoza
Risk factors for serious side effects
GlucotrolVictoza
  • Skipping meals or having inconsistent meal times
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Using other blood sugar-lowering medicine
  • People age 60 or older
  • Those with kidney and/or liver problems
Detailed Glucotrol (glipizide) risks & warnings »
  • History of MTC
  • History of MEN 2
  • History of pancreatitis
  • History of gallstones
  • alcoholism
Detailed Victoza (liraglutide) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy
Alcohol
GlucotrolVictoza
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Glucotrol (glipizide).
No alcohol related info.
Food
GlucotrolVictoza
  • Eat regular and well-balanced meals to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
GlucotrolVictoza
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Victoza (liraglutide) can cause or worsen kidney damage. This is more likely to happen if you've had nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated when you're sick. If you have kidney damage already, your doctor might do regular lab tests while you're taking Victoza (liraglutide) to make sure your kidneys stay healthy.
  • No limitation for people with kidney problems, but close monitoring is recommended.
Weight
GlucotrolVictoza
  • Can cause mild weight gain of 2-3lb.
  • Helps with weight loss and controls appetite.
Upsides and benefits
GlucotrolVictoza
  • Lowers A1c levels by 1-2%.
  • Glucotrol (glipizide) is an oral medicine so it might be a good alternative for those who don't like injections.
  • Protects your organs and blood vessels by preventing the harmful effects of high blood sugar levels.
  • Okay to use by people with kidney problems.
  • Available as a generic form and is relatively cheap.
  • 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 and risks
GlucotrolVictoza
  • Has a higher risk than other diabetes medicine for causing blood sugar levels to be too low.
  • While taking Glucotrol (glipizide), your blood sugars should be checked 2 to 5 times a week, but less often once you are on a stable dose.
  • Can cause mild weight gain of 2-3lb.
  • Might lose its effectiveness over time.
  • Needs to be taken 30 minutes before a meal for it to be most effective.
  • Only available as an injection.
  • Brand name medicine and can be expensive.
  • Compared to other similar medicines, you have to inject this every day.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
GlucotrolVictoza
  • Take the medicine 30 minutes before eating, usually before your first big meal of the day.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Glucotrol (glipizide).
  • Eat regular and well-balanced meals to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
  • Check your blood sugar regularly.
  • Glucotrol (glipizide) can cause dizziness so avoid activities that require coordination until you know how your body can handle the medicine.
  • Inject the dose given by your doctor daily at the same time on your belly, thighs, or the back of your upper arm. To be used with or without food.
  • You may have low appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain, which may get better with time.
  • Let your doctor know if you have severe and/or persistent stomach pain or nausea with or without vomiting.
  • Unused pens should be stored in the refrigerator, but the pen in use can be kept at room temperature for up to 30 days.
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