What is Saxenda injection and does Liraglutide works for weight management?
Saxenda® is an FDA-approved injectable that may help some adults with excess weight (body mass index [BMI] ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems or obesity (BMI ≥30), lose weight and keep it off. Saxenda® should be used with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity. Liraglutide is the main ingredients of Saxenda. Liraglutide belongs to the class of medications called human glucagon-like peptides. It is used for chronic (long-term) management of body weight, together with reduced caloric intake and increased physical activity.
Saxenda in weight control by affecting sensations of hunger, causing a decrease in appetite and food intake. It works like a hormone the body produces naturally that regulates appetite, known as glucagon-like-peptide (GLP-1).a By activating areas of your brain that regulate appetite, it slows down the passage of food from the stomach into the intestine, causing the user to “feel full” for longer after a meal. It also decreases the maximum glucose level in the blood and the amount of insulin needed for the body to use the glucose. Saxenda® may make you feel less hungry, which can lead to lower calorie intake and weight loss.b Saxenda® can help you to not only lose weight, but keep it off as well.
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How Saxenda® is taken
A once-daily, self-injectable, Saxenda® comes in a prefilled pen. It’s the first and only FDA-approved weight-loss injection in a pen that helps you lose weight and keep it off.
How should I use Saxenda®?
- Inject your dose of Saxenda® under the skin (subcutaneous injection) in your stomach area (abdomen), upper leg (thigh), or upper arm, as instructed by your health care provider. Do not inject into a vein or muscle
- Never share your Saxenda® pen or needles with another person. You may give an infection to them, or get an infection from them
Who should NOT take Saxenda?
Do not take Saxenda if you:
- are allergic to liraglutide or any ingredients of Saxenda
- are pregnant
- are breast-feeding
- have a personal or family history of thyroid cancer
- have multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (a disease where people have tumours in more than one gland in their body)
What side effects are possible with Saxenda?
Saxenda can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
- changed sense of taste
- decreased appetite
- dry mouth
- mild abdominal pain or swelling
- redness, itching, or swelling at the site of injection
Although most of the side effects listed below don’t happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
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