Things Are Changing!

The migration of TuDiabetes has begun

Content created between now and the launch of our new site on April 20th will NOT be moved to that new home, but our community values and Terms of Service still apply during this time.We are not accepting new members during this transition period. If you want to join the TuDiabetes community please send an e-mail to We will send you an invitation to join after the migration is completed.

Read about the migration and see images of the new site!

I would like to hear from other Victoza users about their experiences with injection site skin reactions.

I started Victoza about a month ago - works great for appetite suppression and lowering sugars, but I find the injection site irritation annoying. A few hours after administration, the injection site gets itchy, red to about 1-2 inches across, a bit raised, warm and lasts about 3-4 days at that site. I don't have any systemic reaction (no sites other than injection site which develop red spots, no rashes elsewhere).

I attached a photo of yesterday's injection site on my right thigh.

I'd like to know how common this is, should I be worried? Is it my injection technique? Just wondering.

Thank you in advance for your help. I'm new here. Read many posts for hours yesterday. Very informative resource.

Views: 1626


Replies to This Discussion

Newbie with Victoza, started on 7/4. I haven't had any that I know of. I inject in my mid section, on different side each day.

I started Victoza June 4 and the only side affect I had for a whole month was feeling hungry all the time but not wanting to eat!
That has recently changed as I have noticed in the last few days that at the injection site I am getting something that looks like hives. The redness is about the size of a quarter. It itches. I hope it is temporary. I am not even at the full dose yet as I have taken it slowly because of the extreme gnawing of my stomach. Since it just started doing this I haven't had time to ask the Doc about it.

Just curious how your local skin rxn is with Victoza injection at this time. I experienced local skin rxns for several weeks starting a month into using it but then it all subsided - I'll be on Victoza one year middle of June. Also had fair bit of stomach fullness, nausea at first, but nil by now. I dropped about 1% in HbA1C on Victoza.

After a month on Victoza I started experiencing the kind of skin reactions you are describing. I followed advice from folks and began really rotating the site, cleaning the area well with alcohol, waiting for alcohol to dry, and then cleaning with alcohol after the injection to make sure nothing remained on the skin. It helped a lot. Now I get the red welts only occasionally. I don't know if what I did helped or it subsided on its own.

At first I was tapping the needle to get all the med out. Big mistake, I ended up with large bruises that lasted a long time! I'm now cleaning with wipe and letting the needle stay for an additional 10 seconds, then whipping again with wipe. I get a little light pink mark that goes away. Much better than those big bruises!




From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance

Diabetes Hands Foundation is incredibly honored to join the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, an organization with the drive and potential to affect a powerful, positive impact on diabetes and healthcare policy. Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is a 20-member coalition of leading professional Read on! →

Helmsley Charitable Trust Renews Support for DHF

HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2015   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service