Does Victoza cause hair loss as a side effect? 

Does Victoza cause hair loss as a side effect? 

No, Victoza does not cause hair loss as a side effect. In fact, it is not even listed as a rare side effect of this medication and the most commonly reported side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, appetite changes, etc. 

However, experts believe that loss of appetite could make you take a lesser amount of nutrients, which may lead to certain types of deficiencies in your body, especially if it persists. 

This could affect your hair growth. Some other experts have indicated that diabetes itself can have a negative effect on your hair growth and overall hair quality. If you’re losing a lot of hair while being treated with Victoza, talk to your healthcare provider. 

Although it is highly unlikely for this medication to cause a significant amount of hair loss, it could be failing to manage your diabetes properly and that could be the main cause of hair loss. 

What side effects are common with Victoza use?

Victoza is associated with the following side effects (1):

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Back pain

Rare but serious side effects of Victoza may include:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Thyroid tumors
  • Acute gallbladder disease
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Kidney problems, including worsening pre-existing kidney problems
  • Serious gastrointestinal problems
  • Low blood sugar levels 
  • Cardiac difficulties

It is important to note that not everyone taking Victoza will experience these side effects and they can vary from patient to patient. Factors like age, weight, dosage strength, frequency, underlying health conditions, and overall health can make a difference.

Make sure you properly monitor the side effects and report them to your doctor. People are different and can respond differently to medications. If you are experiencing unusual side effects, you need to consult your doctor right away.

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