What is Saxenda?
Saxenda is a prescription-only medication that is designed to be used as a weight loss aid. It works by acting on the receptors in the brain that controls appetite, reducing hunger and making you feel fuller quicker. The active ingredient in Saxenda is liraglutide. Liraglutide is a drug that will produce a hormone known as GLP-1, which is released from the intestine after eating a meal. This is what makes you feel full and using Saxenda will make that feeling appear quicker. Each pack contains 12 weeks of treatment.
What can Saxenda be used for?
Saxenda can be used for weight loss, in addition to regular dieting and exercising. It can be used if you have:
- BMI (Body Max Index) of 30 of over
- BMI of 27-29 and are diabetic or have high blood pressure, abnormal levels of fats in the body, or breathing problems when sleeping
The 3mg dose of Saxenda should be used before using this 6mg treatment.
Who is this weight loss treatment suitable for?
Saxenda should only be used by adults aged 18 and over, up to the age of 75. It should not be used by anyone who is allergic to the ingredients contained in the treatment, or if you have severe heart failure or a severe stomach problem. For anyone who is diabetic, Saxenda should not be used as a replacement for insulin. It is recommended that you speak to a doctor before using if any of the following apply to you:
- Have kidney problems
- Have liver problems
- An inflamed pancreas
- An inflamed gallbladder
- Have thyroid disease
- Notice heart palpitations
- Feel dehydrated
If you are using any other form of medication, then speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using Saxenda.
Can this product be used by anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding?
Do not use Saxenda if you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby. It is recommended that Saxenda is not used when breastfeeding because its effects, if any, are not known.
How should Saxenda be used?
Saxenda should only be used as directed by the doctor. If you are not on one already, you will be asked to use a diet and exercise programme while using Saxenda. The dosage will increase over time, and this will be advised to you by your doctor. This could follow the list below:
- Week 1 – 0.6mg once a day
- Week 2 – 1.2mg once a day
- Week 3 – 1.8mg once a day
- Week 4 – 2.4mg once a day
- Week 5 and onwards – 3mg once a day
Once you have reached week 5, continue to use the same dosage after that until you have stopped your treatment. Do not increase the dose further. Saxenda can be used at any time of the day, though when using it should be used at the same time every day. The best places to inject are the waist, in front of the thigh, or the upper arm. Do not inject into a vein or muscle.
Are there any side effects?
Like with many types of medication, there is a chance of side effects when using Saxenda. In rare cases, you may get a severe allergic reaction, such as swelling in the face or breathing problems. Another uncommon side effect is inflammation of the pancreas known as pancreatitis, which is a potentially life-threatening condition. Other potential side effects include:
- Feeling tired
- Taste changes
- Low blood sugar levels
- Allergic reaction including a rash
- Faster heartbeat
- Reduced kidney function or kidney failure