Diagnosed a year ago, no meds (in denial). Went to doc this week so just started Victoza 3 days ago on the "3 clicks" dosage.
So far no nausea or headaches or cramps. Seems that won't happen until the dosage is higher, but hoping for none at all.
Is anyone else **TERRIFIED** of the thyroid cancer warning? I mean like to the point of not wanting to take it.
Before my body adjusts to taking it, I'm really having 2nd thoughts. I know it was cancer "just" in rats - but that's little comfort.
Three other things I read on the pamphlet that have me a tad confused, so any feedback anyone has would be awesome. Already have these questions on my 3 week follow-up doc visit list, but hoping for more of a patient's perspective, y'know?
#1 - Victoza® is not recommended as first-line therapy for patients who have inadequate glycemic control on diet and exercise.
>> Well that's me, right? Inadequately controlled via diet and exercise. So then should I not be taking it. Yes, I'll, of course, re-discuss with my doc, just wondering if anyone else has gotten feedback about that.
#2 - Victoza should not be used for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis, as it would not be effective in these settings.
>> Again, I think that's me because my urine test showed that I do have ketones. Or is having ketones not the same as being fully DKA, I wonder?
#3 - Pancreatitis... tell your healthcare provider if you have had high blood triglyceride levels
>> My labs showed my cholesterol at 210. Uh... cholesterol = triglycerides? (Stop laughing you guys!) But I was reading the pamplet last night and saw that bit and thought, "Hmmm..."
"Clinically relevant exposures" - GEEZ, they're telling me up front it's a big deal 8-(
I dunno you guys. I sure do love the idea of Victoza helping bringing down my numbers, and some of you have reported exceptional results.
That said though, how many times can one read the medications REPEATED warnings about "... thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, renal failure..." before feeling that this is just too huge a risk. I've lived my entire 51 years with near perfect health. I'm really nervous about this.
Do I want to die from a stroke or heart attack or get kidney failure from high blood sugar? Or have low BG but get cancer or still have renal failure from the drug.
Somebody, talk me down! I want to like it.