What is Saxenda?
Saxenda is a weight loss medicine. The active ingredient liraglutide stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin. This makes you feel full for longer and helps control blood sugar. Saxenda is only available on prescription.
What is Saxenda used for?
Saxenda is used to treat people who are severely overweight or obese. It is prescribed for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 kg/m2 or higher. Obesity increases the risk of many diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and high blood pressure. Obesity also causes other effects such as extra strain on the joints and shortness of breath. Losing weight reduces these health risks and will have a positive impact on your general well-being.
How to use Saxenda
Saxenda is self-administered as a daily injection into the abdomen or thigh (see instructions in the package leaflet). Never inject into a vein or muscle. The time of dosing and meals do not have to be considered.
It is important to combine treatment with Saxenda with a healthy diet and regular exercise. This will help you to get maximum benefit from this medicine and lose weight quicker. Read the package leaflet before use for detailed instructions on how to use this medicine.
Unless otherwise advised by the doctor, the usual dose in adults is:
- one daily injection.
The doctor will start you on a low dose of 0.6 mg, which is increased weekly to the recommended dose of 3 mg. One prefilled pen contains 18 mg of the active ingredient liraglutide.
Saxenda may cause side effects, including:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, stomach ache);
- Low blood sugar levels;
Most side effects will disappear within a few days. Contact a doctor if this is not the case. The use of Saxenda is associated with a small increase in the risk of thyroid cancer and pancreatitis. For more information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Saxenda
Saxenda is not suitable for everyone. This weight loss medicine should not be used if:
- You are allergic to liraglutide or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have a personal or family history of thyroid cancer or other glandular-type cancers.
Consult a doctor on the use of Saxenda if you have other health issues such as diabetes, cancer or epilepsy. Saxenda may interact with other medicines. It is therefore important to tell the doctor what other medicines or dietary supplements you are taking when you order.
Do not use Saxenda if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Saxenda may cause sleepiness and dizziness. Avoid driving if you experience these side effects.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Saxenda as this is likely to trigger or worsen the side effects. Alcohol also contains calories and should therefore be limited or avoided altogether while on a weight loss programme.