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What is Saxenda?


Saxenda® (liraglutide) injection 3 mg is an injectable prescription medicine used for adults with excess weight (BMI ≥27) who also have weight related medical problems or obesity (BMI ≥30) , and children aged 12-17 years with a body weight above 132 pounds (60 kg) and obesity to help them lose weight and keep the weight off. Saxenda® should be used with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity.


How Saxenda works?


Saxenda reduces weight by recalibrating your appetite. It's similar to one of the natural appetite regulators in our body, GLP-1, and works by activating receptors in the brain to enhance fullness and decrease hunger pangs. Overall, you will eat less. The administration is straight-forward, only once a day, independent of meal-times.


What are the common side effects of Saxenda?


The most common side effect is nausea. The nausea is part of your body's mechanism to reduce eating and will usually normalize within 1-2 weeks of any changes in the dosing of Saxenda. Other common side effects include constipation or loose stools and again, these should resolve with time.


What can I do to cope with nausea?


Bear in mind that the nausea is temporary and most will improve after a few days. In the meantime, coping measures include:

  • Eating smaller meals.
  • Stop eating when you feel full.
  • Avoiding the food and smells that trigger nausea.


What results can I expect from Saxenda?


Together with some lifestyle changes, expect to lose at least 5% of your baseline weight at 3 months.


Large scale clinical studies have demonstrated that 1 out of 3 patients lost more than 10% of their weight after 1 year and this weight loss is mostly sustainable.


Patients can also expect improvements in their sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure profiles.



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