Do you need help with weight loss? Something to help you alongside a diet and exercise programme? Do you have an unhealthy BMI of 27 or over and other health problems due to the weight you are carrying? Or perhaps your BMI is over 30 and you know losing weight is no easy mission. Saxenda is not a fad but a weight loss medication that you can get on prescription. Saxenda is a weight loss medicine that works alongside a diet and exercise programme regulating your blood sugar levels so that your stomach is less likely to signal hunger to your brain.
Do you need help with weight loss? Something to help you alongside a diet and exercise programme? Do you have an unhealthy BMI of 27 or over and other health problems due to the weight you are carrying? Or perhaps your BMI is over 30 and you know losing weight is no easy mission. Saxenda is not a fad but a weight loss medication that you can get on prescription.
Saxenda is a weight loss medicine that works alongside a diet and exercise programme regulating your blood sugar levels so that your stomach is less likely to signal hunger to your brain.
What is Saxenda?
Saxenda is an injectable medicine that helps adults lose weight and keep it off in conjunction with a diet and exercise programme. The active ingredient, liraglutide, acts in a similar way to a hormone that is naturally produced by your body after a meal. It sends a message to the brain helping you to feel fuller for longer in order to eat less. A reduced appetite can make a diet and exercise programme easier and help you see quicker results.
When is Saxenda used?
Saxenda is used for adults who need to lose weight, specifically adults with a BMI of 27 or higher who have other weight related issues such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems when sleeping, or adults with a BMI over 30 (clinically obese). It helps your weight loss by sending signals to your brain which make you feel fuller for longer.
Saxenda is used in conjunction with a healthy eating and exercise programme.
How do you use Saxenda?
Saxenda comes in an injection that you can use yourself. You inject yourself just below the layer of the skin in the stomach, thigh or upper arm. Never inject into a vein or blood vessel.
Please read the instructions on the information sheet provided with your medication carefully before injecting yourself, and ensure you know exactly what you are doing before you start using this medicine.
The injection comes in a pre-filled dial-a-dose pen, so you can select the dosage you need.
Saxenda should be used in conjunction with a diet and exercise programme to maximise you weight loss and well-being.
What dosages are there?
Saxenda dosages start small and grow week by week as your body gets used to the treatment.
- When you first start using Saxenda you will need a dose of 0.6mg per day. You will need to increase the dosage each week in line with a doctor’s recommendation.
- As a general rule of thumb, you should increase by 0.6mg each week until you reach a total of 3.0mg per day on week 5. For example, week 1 – 0.6mg, week 2- 1.2mg, week 3- 1.8mg and so on.
- You inject the dose yourself in a single daily injection, in the stomach, thigh or upper arm. You should inject yourself at the same time each day. This can be at any time of the day, with or without food and drink.
What are the side effects of Saxenda?
Like all medicines Saxenda can cause side effects, although not everyone taking the medication gets them. Some side effects are serious and others, though less serious are more common. Do not take Saxenda if you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the other ingredients listed on the information leaflet.
Serious side effects
In rare cases Saxenda can cause anaphylaxis, you should contact your doctor if you experience swelling around the face and throat or shortness of breath.
Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) has also affected a limited number of patients: be on the lookout for severe and lasting stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, and contact your doctor if you are concerned.
Other side effects:
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation are all quite common side effects, around 1 in 10 people suffers from these, but they usually go away on their own after a few days or weeks.
- Stomach pain or problems can also be an issue, indigestion, bloating, heartburn etc. Again around 1 in 10 people suffers.
- Discomfort around the injection site, for example, swelling, bruising, irritation, rashes or itching.
- Difficulty in sleeping (usually during the first 3 months of treatment.
- Gall stones.
- Changed sense of taste.
- Low blood sugar: a feeling of weakness, cold sweats, confusion, faster heart rate.
Less common side effects. These side effects are experienced by around 1 in 100 people:
- Faster pulse
- Inflamed gall bladder
- Allergic reactions (including rashes)
When shouldn’t you use Saxenda?
- Do not use Saxenda if you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the other ingredients
- Do not use Saxenda if you are pregnant, suspect you might be pregnant or are trying for a baby. It may harm your baby
- Do not use Saxenda when breast-feeding as we do not know if Saxenda will pass on to the baby through your breastmilk
- Do not use if you have MTC or a family history of MTC
- Do not use if you have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia
- Do not use if you are using insulin
Taking Saxenda should not affect driving or operating heavy machinery, however if you are experience the side effects of drowsiness or dizziness do not drive or operate heavy machinery.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Saxenda. It is high calorie so should always be limited or avoided on a weight loss programme. In addition, drinking alcohol can cause the appearance of side effects or make them worse
Does Saxenda react with other medication?
Saxenda works on your stomach to help you suppress your appetite, but this injectable weight loss medication can affect other medication you take as it slows down your stomach emptying.
- If the medication you need to take has to pass quickly through the stomach, Saxenda will have an adverse effect.
- You should tell the prescribing doctor of any other medication you are taking, including herbal supplements and vitamins.
- If you are taking any medication for diabetes, including insulin, it is important to tell the doctor.
Where can I buy Saxenda?
Saxenda has recently been approved for online ordering by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this means that you will soon be able to place an order with an independent pharmacy. Saxenda is still a prescription medicine so you cannot order without a prescription.
Can I get Saxenda without a prescription?
No, Saxenda is a prescription only drug you will not be able to buy it without a prescription.
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