Liraglutide - Subcutaneous [Weight management]

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Liraglutide is a weight loss medicine. It is used to help reduce body weight in obese or overweight adults who have weight-related medical problems.

This medicine is meant to be used as part of a comprehensive weight management programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle change.
How do I use this medicine?
Use Liraglutide exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not inject more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine should be injected subcutaneously (into the fatty layer under the skin, usually in the thigh, upper arm, or abdomen area). Try to administer it at the same time each day.

This medicine is available as a pre-filled pen. Make sure you know how to use the specific device you have been given. If you have problems or do not understand the instructions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How to use this medicine:
  1. Prepare the injection pen as instructed by your doctor or nurse.
  2. Attach the needle to the injection pen. Ensure that the needle is screwed on securely.
  3. Turn the dose selector to the correct dose.
  4. Swab the injection site area with alcohol.
  5. Hold the injection pen with your thumb over the injection button.
  6. Press the injection pen against your body using the subcutaneous (under the skin) injection method.
  7. Use your thumb to push the injection button until it stops. Continue to hold the injection button in that position while slowly counting to 5 to get a full dose.
  8. Pull out the injection pen from your body.
  9. Remove the needle from the pen. Never store the injection pen with the needle attached.
  10. Reset your pen as instructed by your healthcare provider.
  11. Throw away the used needle. Recap your pen and store below 30°C.
  12. Use a new needle in every administration of Liraglutide.
Remember to rotate the injection sites. Do not inject into the same area all the time. New injection sites should be at least 1.5 inches away from the previous injection site. Do not inject near the navel (belly button).

Do not share your Liraglutide injection with anyone else.

The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the course of your treatment depending on your condition and response to the medication.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
If you missed a dose of this medicine, administer the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

If you missed a dose for 3 days or more, ask your doctor how to restart your treatment.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstance.

If you often forget to administer your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use Liraglutide if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to this medicine or any of its ingredients.

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • personal or family history of certain type of thyroid cancer known as medullary thyroid carcinoma
  • multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (a rare inherited disorder characterised by cancer in the thyroid gland and other tumours affecting additional glands in the endocrine system)
  • type 1 diabetes (long-term condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin)
  • history of suicidal attempts or ideation
as Liraglutide may not be suitable for you.

Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with Liraglutide, alert your doctor immediately. This medicine may cause harm to your unborn child.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • stomach disorder e.g. gastroparesis (delayed emptying of the stomach), inflammatory bowel disease
  • severe heart failure
  • history of severe allergic reaction to similar medicines
  • thyroid disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
Let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to the elderly. Elderly people may be more sensitive to the side effects.

Why is it important to keep my appointments with the doctor?

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
  • Routine tests (e.g. kidney function, blood sugar, cholesterol level) may be done while you are being treated with this medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
  • Regular monitoring for signs and symptoms of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), gall bladder disease, and worsening depression may also be needed.
If you are using Liraglutide with other types of anti-diabetic medicines, you may have been warned about hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). This medicine itself does not usually cause hypoglycaemia, but it may increase the hypoglycaemic effect of other anti-diabetic medicines.

How do I know if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?

Hypoglycaemia is the medical term for low blood sugar. Symptoms of hypoglycaemia include dizziness, tremor, shaky hands, feeling hungry, weak or confused, sweating. These signs are your body’s way of warning you that your blood sugar level is low.

It is important to recognise these symptoms and get relief for hypoglycaemia quickly, as the hypoglycaemia may worsen.

What should I do if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?

Always carry some glucose tablets (also known as dextrose tablets) with you. Take 15 grams of glucose tablet at first sign of hypoglycaemia, wait for 15 minutes and re-check your blood sugar level. If you are not feeling better or if your blood sugar level is still low (less than 4 mmol/L or 70 mg/dL), take another 15 grams of glucose tablet.

If you don’t have glucose tablets, you may take any of the following:
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) of juice or regular soda (not diet)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar, honey, or corn syrup
  • hard candies, jellybeans, or gumdrops (not sugar-free)
Get medical help should symptoms did not improve after second serving.
What side effects could I experience?
Liraglutide may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion, stomach wind, decreased appetite, stomach pain or discomfort, headache, difficulty sleeping, and an injection site reaction (e.g. itching, rash, pain).

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • rashes, breathlessness, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
  • lump or swelling in the neck, pain in the front of the neck, persistent cough, hoarseness of voice, difficulty swallowing
  • severe and persistent abdominal pain
  • abnormal or irregular heartbeat
  • having thoughts of self-harm
  • unable to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking or using other medicines for diabetes e.g. glimepiride, insulin, exenatide.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements, and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
If you have not yet opened it, store Liraglutide in a refrigerator between 2-8°C. Do not freeze this medicine. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used.

Once opened, the injection pen may be stored at refrigerator between 2-8°C or at room temperature not exceeding 30°C away from sunlight and heat. Dispose injection pen after 30 days.

Keep this medicine away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Liraglutide - Subcutaneous [Weight management] and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2024 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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