Saxenda
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Saxenda package leaflet


Saxenda is a new prescription weight loss medicine. The active ingredient liraglutide is injected into the skin. Read the package leaflet before you start using this medicine for step-by-step instructions for using the pre-filled injection pen.

What is Saxenda and what is it used for?


Saxenda stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin and so helps control appetite. This makes it easier to stick to a weight loss plan. Saxenda is prescribed to aid weight loss in obese people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 27 kg/m2 or higher. People with a BMI below 30 kg/m2 are only considered a candidate for Saxenda if they have specific risk factors such as diabetes or high cholesterol. For a complete list of qualifying conditions, please refer to the package leaflet.

What you need to know about Saxenda


Read through the following list of warnings before you start using Saxenda:

  • Do not use this weight loss medicine if you are allergic to liraglutide, have thyroid cancer or other glandular-type cancer;
  • This medicine may cause dizziness. Stay out of traffic if you experience this side effect;
  • Saxenda may influence the effect of other medicines and vice versa. It is therefore important to tell the doctor what other medicines you are taking when you order;
  • If you have been unable to lose at least 5% of your body weight after 16 weeks of treatment, this medicine does not produce the desired effect. Consult a doctor about alternative weight loss options.


How to use Saxenda


Saxenda is supplied as a solution for subcutaneous administration and is injected using a pre-filled pen. For step-by-step instructions on how to self-administer the injections, please refer to the package leaflet. The best injection site is the front of the thigh, abdomen or upper arm. Use a new needle for each injection to prevent infections and leaking. This medicine can be used at any time of the day. Saxenda is most effective when used with increased exercise and a reduced calorie diet as this will help you lose weight faster. The information brochure ‘Experiences with Saxenda’ provides tips on how to lose weight with Saxenda.

Possible side effects


Like all medicines, Saxenda may cause side effects. Side effects that are known to be associated with Saxenda include headache, light-headedness and tremor of the hands. These side effects often result from a drop in blood sugar levels. The active ingredient liraglutide stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin, which in turn, lowers blood sugar. You may also experience nausea or diarrhoea. Most side effects are temporary and will disappear with continued use. For more information, see the package leaflet.

How to store Saxenda


Saxenda should be stored in a dark and cool place, out of reach of children. You can use your injection pen for up to 30 days after opening. Unopened injection pens can be safely stored in the refrigerator until the expiration date on the package. Do not store in the freezer. Do not use the solution if it has been frozen.

Additional information


Saxenda contains liraglutide and a number of auxiliary ingredients. Check the package leaflet for a list of ingredients.
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Read the package leaflet for more information about risks and side effects, or ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.