Compare Invokana vs. Victoza

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

Invokana
(canagliflozin)

Victoza
(liraglutide)

Lowers blood sugar. Invokana (canagliflozin) can be used together with other diabetes medicines to help lower your blood sugar, but it can be expensive because it's brand name.Lowers your blood sugar. Victoza (Liraglutide) helps lower blood sugar for people with diabetes and causes weight loss, but it has to be given by injection and many people have upset stomach.
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Coupons for Invokana
Best available price for 30 (300mg) tablets of canagliflozin
Coupons for Victoza
Best available price for 1 (3 pens of 18mg/3ml) carton of liraglutide
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5.52Invokana
Reviews for Invokana (canagliflozin)
67%
of people (All ages) say Invokana (canagliflozin) is worth it
56%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Victoza (liraglutide)
73%
+6% better vs. Invokana (canagliflozin)
91%
+35% better vs. Invokana (canagliflozin)
27%
-8% worse vs. Invokana (canagliflozin)
Have you used Victoza (liraglutide)?
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Side effects
InvokanaVictoza
  • Yeast infection in women 8%
  • Urinary tract infections 2%
  • Increased urination 4%
  • Yeast infection in men 3%
  • Thirst 3%
  • Vaginal itching 2%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
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  • Nausea 26%
  • Diarrhea 17%
  • Vomiting 9%
  • Constipation 10%
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How it works
InvokanaVictoza
Invokana (canagliflozin) is an anti-diabetes medication. It lowers blood sugar by causing your body to get rid of sugar in your urine.Victoza (Liraglutide) is a medication for diabetes. It stimulates your body to produce and release more insulin, lower the sugar hormone (glucagon), and slow down digestion.
Type of medication
InvokanaVictoza
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
InvokanaVictoza
  • Pill
  • Injection
Used for
InvokanaVictoza
Risk factors for serious side effects
InvokanaVictoza
  • History of amputations 
  • Peripheral vascular disease (narrowed blood vessels)
  • Nerve problems
  • Diabetic foot ulcers 
  • History of kidney damage
Detailed Invokana (canagliflozin) risks & warnings »
  • Using insulin
  • Using medications that increase the amount of insulin in your body (glipizide, glyburide or glimepiride)
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
Detailed Victoza (liraglutide) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
InvokanaVictoza
  • Avoid if you are a heavy drinker of alcohol.
No alcohol related info.
Food
InvokanaVictoza
  • You only have to take Invokana (canagliflozin) once a day before meals.
  • Take once daily before your first meal of the day.
  • Eat regular, balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
Kidneys and liver
InvokanaVictoza
  • Not for people with severe kidney problems.
  • There have been reports of people having kidney damage or failure while on Victoza (Liraglutide), usually when they've also had diarrhea, vomiting or nausea. Stay hydrated to prevent this from happening, or call your doctor if you're suddenly unable to urinate or the amount of urine you pass is decreased.
Pain
InvokanaVictoza
  • Rarely, Invokana (canagliflozin) can hurt the kidneys. This is more likely to happen if you already have kidney damage, heart failure, or take certain medicines for blood pressure or anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). Invokana (canagliflozin) can also lower your blood pressure since it makes you urinate more. Your doctor will check your kidneys by blood tests regularly, and might ask you to change how you take Invokana (canagliflozin). Make sure to stay hydrated to prevent low blood pressure and kidney problems.
  • Using Victoza (Liraglutide) has been associated with stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you have severe gastrointestinal disease such as Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, you should talk to your doctor about using a different medication for diabetes.
Weight
InvokanaVictoza
No weight related info.
  • Weight loss is a common side effect.
Upsides and benefits
InvokanaVictoza
  • Lowers A1C (blood sugar) levels by 1%.
  • You only have to take Invokana (canagliflozin) once a day before meals.
  • Less likely to cause low blood sugar than other diabetes medicines.
  • Also available as a combination drug with metformin (Invokamet).
  • Lowers A1c levels by 1% (A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
  • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs.
  • Taken only once a day compared to similar medications that have to be taken more often.
  • Weight loss is a common side effect.
  • Helps lower your blood sugar in combination with other medications when other medications alone aren’t working.
Downsides and risks
InvokanaVictoza
  • You're more likely to have broken bones, yeast infections and urinary tract infections with Invokana (canagliflozin).
  • There's a rare but serious risk of leg and foot amputations with Invokana (canagliflozin). Talk to your doctor if you develop new pain or infections in your feet.
  • Not for people with severe kidney problems.
  • Can raise your cholesterol.
  • Avoid if you are a heavy drinker of alcohol.
  • Only lowers A1c levels by 1%, which may not be enough to get your blood sugar in the safe range.
  • Only available as an injectable medication; other diabetes medications can be taken by mouth.
  • Up to a third of people taking Victoza (Liraglutide) have upset stomach, and side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or indigestion.
  • Other diabetes medications work as well and are cheaper.
  • Not considered the best first choice drug to help lower blood sugar.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
InvokanaVictoza
  • Take once daily before your first meal of the day.
  • Invokana (canagliflozin) can cause you to urinate more, so be sure to stay hydrated.
  • Can cause genital yeast infections in females and males.
  • Can cause urinary tract infections (UTI).
  • Can cause low blood sugar, so make sure to check your blood sugar if you don't feel well.
  • You should continue to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and take your other diabetes medicines along with Invokana (canagliflozin).
  • Store in the refrigerator until opening.
  • Give injections in your belly, thighs, or upper arm.
  • Change the needle every time you inject.
  • It’s not safe to share this medication with other people, even if you change the needle.
  • Don’t mix with insulin; always give yourself separate injections. Can be given at the same time as insulin, but in different injection areas.
  • Eat regular, balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
  • It's best to check your blood sugar at least once a day using a home blood sugar monitor to make sure your medication is working and is safe. Some people may need to test more often, ask your doctor.
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