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Saxenda (liraglutide) is a prescription medication that is used to help some people lose weight. It is a type of drug called a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, which is a hormone that helps regulate appetite and metabolism. Saxenda works by mimicking the effects of GLP-1, a hormone that is naturally produced in the body. When GLP-1 levels are high, the body is more likely to use stored fat as energy, which can help with weight loss.
Saxenda is typically used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise to help people who are obese or who are overweight and have weight-related medical problems lose weight. It is usually prescribed for people who have not been able to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. Saxenda is usually taken as an injection once a day. It can cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, and constipation. It is important to talk to your doctor about the potential risks and benefits of using Saxenda before starting treatment.
How much weight can I lose with Saxenda? How quickly?
The amount of weight you will lose with Saxenda will depend on a number of factors, including your diet, exercise routine, and other medical conditions you may have. In clinical studies, people who used Saxenda in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity lost an average of 6 to 8.5% of their body weight after one year. This is equivalent to a weight loss of about 12 to 24 pounds for a person who weighs 200 pounds. However, it is important to note that weight loss results may vary from person to person. Some people may lose more weight, while others may lose less.
Saxenda is not a quick-fix solution and requires a commitment to lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet and regular exercise, in order to be effective. It is also important to note that Saxenda can cause side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, and constipation, and may not be suitable for everyone. It is important to talk to your doctor about the potential risks and benefits of using Saxenda before starting treatment.
Who is Saxenda for?
Saxenda (liraglutide) is a prescription medication that is used as an aid to help people lose weight. It is generally intended for use in adults who are obese or who are overweight and have other weight-related medical problems, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. Saxenda is not recommended for use in children.
Who should not use Saxenda?
Saxenda® should not be used if:
If you or a member of your family has ever had MTC, or if you have MEN 2, you have had a strong allergic reaction to liraglutide or any of the ingredients in Saxenda®, you should not take Saxenda®. See "What are the probable negative effects of Saxenda®?" for symptoms of severe allergic reactions.
You are pregnant or intend to get pregnant. Saxenda® may be harmful to your unborn child.
Saxenda (liraglutide) can cause a variety of side effects, some of which can be serious.
Common side effects of Saxenda may include:
- Stomach pain
Less common side effects may include:
- Swelling (especially of the face, lips, tongue, or throat)
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Saxenda can also cause serious side effects, including:
- Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
- Gallbladder problems
- Kidney problems
If you experience any unusual symptoms while taking Saxenda, it is important to tell your healthcare provider right away.
It is also important to talk to your healthcare provider if you experience any side effects while taking Saxenda. They can recommend ways to help reduce or manage them.
- Saxenda is a prescription medication that is used as an aid to help people lose weight. It is not a substitute for diet and exercise, and the best results are typically achieved when it is used in combination with lifestyle changes.
- Saxenda is generally intended for use in adults who are obese or who are overweight and have other weight-related medical problems, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. It is not recommended for use in children.
- Saxenda can cause serious side effects, including pancreatitis, gallbladder problems, and kidney problems. It is important to tell your healthcare provider right away if you experience any unusual symptoms while taking Saxenda.
- Saxenda can also cause other side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, and constipation. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider if you experience any of these side effects.
- Saxenda should be used with caution in people with a history of pancreatitis or other pancreatic problems.
- It is important to talk to your healthcare provider before starting treatment with Saxenda to determine if it is the right option for you.
This information is intended solely for New Zealand residents and is of a general nature only. No person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided, but at all times should obtain specific advice from a health professional.