Compare Precose vs. Victoza

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Precose (acarbose)

Prescription only

Victoza (liraglutide)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Precose (acarbose) helps lower your post-mealtime blood sugar levels, but it must be taken at the beginning of each main meal in order for it to be most effective.

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
  • Precose (acarbose) helps control meal-time blood sugar levels without causing weight gain.
  • When used alone it doesn't normally cause blood sugar levels to be too low unlike other anti-diabetes medicines.
  • Safe to be used in people age 65 or older.
  • Has relatively few interactions with other medicines.
  • 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
  • Not a first choice medicine because it isn't as effective at lowering blood sugar compared to other treatment options.
  • Associated with bothersome side effects like excessive gas and diarrhea.
  • Relatively more expensive than other diabetes medicines.
  • Has to be taken three times a day with each meal.
  • Might cause episodes of low blood sugar when taken together with insulin or medicines that stimulate insulin release.
  • 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
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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
3possible side effects
  • Excessive gas
    74%
  • Diarrhea
    31%
  • Stomach pain
    19%
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2possible side effects
  • Low blood sugar - self-treatable
    27%
  • Injection site reactions
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Low blood sugar

    Using insulin or other medicines that stimulate insulin release

  • Kidney function

    Those with kidney problems

  • Interactions with other medicines

    Taking multiple medicines together

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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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