Compare Actos vs. Victoza

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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.

3.1/ 5 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.

4.7/ 5 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 reviews so far
42%
saidit'sworth it
30%
saiditworked well
21%
saidit'sa big hassle

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22 reviews so far
73%
saidit'sworth it
91%
saiditworked well
27%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
11possible 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%
  • Chest pain
    5%
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2possible side effects
  • Low blood sugar - self-treatable
    27%
  • Injection site reactions
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Heart failure
    • Heart failure
  • Fluid buildup
  • Liver damage
    • Current liver problems
  • Bladder cancer
    • History of bladder cancer
  • Bone fracture
    • Women
  • Low blood sugar
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  • Thyroid cancer
    • History of MTC
    • History of MEN 2
  • inflammation of pancreas (pancreatitis)
    • History of pancreatitis
    • History of gallstones
    • alcoholism
    • Elevated triglycerides
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Kidney damage
    • Kidney problems
    • dehydration
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    • Use of insulin(s)
    • Use of insulin-secreting medicines.
  • Severe stomach problems
    • Stomach or digestive tract disease
    • Gastroparesis
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