Saxenda is an effective weight loss, injectable medicine. It works by suppressing your appetite as well as reducing overall cravings. All initial orders come with 1 box of needles and a bin for safe needle disposal.
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.
What is Saxenda?
Saxenda is an injection used for weight loss. It contains the medicine liraglutide. It can be used alongside diet and exercise to help aid weight loss. Saxenda is a registered trademark of Novo Nordisk.
The drug can be prescribed for people with a body mass index (BMI) over 30. It can also be used for people with a BMI over 27 who have also been diagnosed with weight-related medical problems. These include:
- Pre-diabetes and diabetes type 2
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- High cholesterol
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
How does Saxenda work?
Saxenda contains the active ingredient liraglutide. Liraglutide is similar to a hormone in the body called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). This is an appetite hormone that helps regulate hunger and is released by the intestines after a meal.
Due to being similar to GLP-1, Saxenda regulates appetite causing you to feel fuller and less hungry. This can lead to eating fewer calories and losing weight.
How is Saxenda used?
Saxenda comes as an injectable pen. The Saxenda pen is injected once daily subcutaneously. The usual injection sites will be the upper arm, upper thigh or abdomen.
The starting dose is a daily injection of 0.6mg. This dose is increased at intervals of usually 1 week until a dose of 3.0mg once daily is reached. An example schedule is shown below:
Week 1 - 0.6mg dose once daily
Week 2 - 1.2mg dose once daily
Week 3 - 1.8mg dose once daily
Week 4 - 2.4mg dose once daily
Week 5 - 3.0mg dose once daily continuing
The dose is gradually increased in 1-week intervals to reduce the chances of stomach side effects like nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
If you increase the dose and find the side effects problematic for two weeks or more you should discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist.
How does Saxenda work?
Saxenda contains the ingredient Liraglutide. This works in the same way as a natural substance found in the body called GLP-1, which helps to regulate blood sugar after eating. By mimicking this hormone, Saxenda helps the brain to acknowledge that the body is full after we’ve eaten less food (consuming less calories) than we normally would. Essentially, Saxenda can help you to reduce the number of calories you eat which reduces your body weight as a result.
How much weight can you lose on Saxenda?
Saxenda has been tested for promotion of weight loss and showed that 3,731 participants lost an average of 8% of their body weight over a 56-week trial. The same study also showed that 92% of participants lost weight when Saxenda was used in conjunction with diet and exercise.
How long can you stay on Saxenda?
The duration of treatment should be regularly reviewed by your doctor. It should be stopped if, after 12 weeks on the 3.0mg daily dose, you have not lost at least 5% of your body weight.
How do I use Saxenda?
Saxenda is injected under the skin (subcutaneous injection). The best places to inject are the front of the waist or the front of the thighs. It is important not to inject into a vein or a muscle.
You can view the video on how to administer Saxenda here.
How long will one pen last?
Once you work your way up to the 3mg daily dose, each pen will last for 6-days.
How should I store Saxenda pens?
Store new, unused Saxenda pens in the refrigerator between 36°F and 46°F (2°C to 8°C). After using it for the first time, store in a refrigerator or at room temperature between 59°F and 86°F (15°C to 30°C). Pens in use should be thrown away after 30 days even if they still have medicine left in them. It is important that you don’t freeze Saxenda. Saxenda that has been frozen must not be used.
Can i re-use needles with the Saxenda pen?
No, you should never use the needle more than once. You should use a needle every time you take a new dose. Using the same needle can lead to increased risk of infection and pain. After each use, the needle becomes more and more blunt, meaning injecting more than once can cause injury to the area which you are injecting.
What is my BMI?
Your Body Mass Index (BMI) can be determined by inputting your height and weight using a BMI Calculator like the one found on the NHS website. CLICK HERE to find out what your BMI is by using this simple calculator.
Will Pharmacy Online provide a sharps bin if I order Saxenda?
Yes, we will provide you with a 1 litre sharps bin if you decide to choose this treatment.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when using Saxenda.
Common side effects may include:
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation. These should subside after a few days or weeks.
Other common side effects include:
- Feeling weak or tired
- Injection site reactions such as bruising, pain or a rash
Another side effect can be hypoglycaemia. This is the medical name for low blood sugar. This is more likely to be a side effect for patients who have type 2 diabetes but can happen in other patients. The signs of low blood sugar are: cold sweat, pale skin, headache, fast heartbeat, feeling sleepy or weak, feeling nervous and difficulty concentrating, among other symptoms.
Serious Side Effects
- Pancreatitis - This is a serious and potentially life-threatening illness. Symptoms include severe, persistent pain in the abdomen and nausea and vomiting. If you have these symptoms stop using Saxenda and contact your doctor immediately.
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.