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||Dose Injected||ml Injected per day|
|Week 1||0.6mg once a day||0.1ml|
|Week 2||1.2mg once a day||0.2ml|
1.8mg once a day
|Week 4||2.4mg once a day||0.4ml|
|Week 5 Onwards||3.0mg once a day||0.5ml|
Each Saxenda pen is designed to measure out doses of 0.6 - 3.0mg at the touch of a button, so you'll simply select the amount you need on the pen and let it do the measuring for you. 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
If you notice any side effect, speak to a doctor as soon as possible. You can also record any side effect that you notice using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
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how many packs do I need to purchase for the 12 week period?
1 box of 5 lasts circa 1 month. I wouldnâ€™t suggest you buy more than the initial box, until you find the product suits you. Please remember Saxenda is also a fridge line and needs to be stored in a refrigerator.
How can I buy Saxenda online?
Please click the begin consultation button and you will be taken to the Doctor4U website which will allow you to have an online consultation and if approved have the medication shipped to you by next day post.
Can u take this if you have hypothyroid?
In patients with diabetes mellitus Saxenda must not be used as a substitute for insulin.
There is no clinical experience in patients with congestive heart failure New York Heart Association (NYHA) class IV, and liraglutide is therefore not recommended for use in these patients.
The safety and efficacy of liraglutide for weight management have not been established in patients:
– aged 75 years or more,
– treated with other products for weight management,
– with obesity secondary to endocrinological or eating disorders or to treatment with medicinal products that may cause weight gain,
– with severe renal impairment,
– with severe hepatic impairment.
Use in these patients is not recommended
As liraglutide for weight management was not investigated in subjects with mild or moderate hepatic impairment, it should be used with caution in these patients
There is limited experience in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and diabetic gastroparesis. Use of liraglutide is not recommended in these patients since it is associated with transient gastrointestinal adverse reactions, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Acute pancreatitis has been observed with the use of GLP-1 receptor agonists. Patients should be informed of the characteristic symptoms of acute pancreatitis. If pancreatitis is suspected, liraglutide should be discontinued; if acute pancreatitis is confirmed, liraglutide should not be restarted.
Cholelithiasis and cholecystitis
In clinical trials for weight management, a higher rate of cholelithiasis and cholecystitis was observed in patients treated with liraglutide than in patients on placebo. The fact that substantial weight loss can increase the risk of cholelithiasis and thereby cholecystitis only partially explained the higher rate with liraglutide. Cholelithiasis and cholecystitis may lead to hospitalisation and cholecystectomy. Patients should be informed of the characteristic symptoms of cholelithiasis and cholecystitis.
In clinical trials in type 2 diabetes, thyroid adverse events, such as goitre have been reported in particular in patients with pre-existing thyroid disease. Liraglutide should therefore be used with caution in patients with thyroid disease.
An increase in heart rate was observed with liraglutide in clinical trials. Heart rate should be monitored at regular intervals consistent with usual clinical practice. Patients should be informed of the symptoms of increased heart rate (palpitations or feelings of a racing heartbeat while at rest). For patients who experience a clinically relevant sustained increase in resting heart rate, treatment with liraglutide should be discontinued.
Signs and symptoms of dehydration, including renal impairment and acute renal failure, have been reported in patients treated with GLP-1 receptor agonists. Patients treated with liraglutide should be advised of the potential risk of dehydration in relation to gastrointestinal side effects and take precautions to avoid fluid depletion.
Hypoglycaemia in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus
Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus receiving liraglutide in combination with a sulfonylurea may have an increased risk of hypoglycaemia. The risk of hypoglycaemia may be lowered by a reduction in the dose of sulfonylurea. The addition of Saxenda in patients treated with insulin has not been evaluated.
There is no mention of hypothyroidism being contradicated for using Saxenda
I purchased the Saxenda pens from you but I forgot to order my needles. Can I buy them from you again?
Can you ship Saxenda to Malaysia?
Sorry, we aren't permitted to ship medicines outside the UK.
How much is 5 pens of Saxenda including vat?
Sorry Chemist-4-U don't prescribe Saxenda, we forward you to an affiliate site www.doctor-4-u.co.uk, who will be able to show you the prices post consultation. https://www.doctor-4-u.co.uk/saxenda
How much is this product? And is everything explained in the pack
Chemist-4-U simply refer patients to a variety of online doctor partners. If you wish to undergo a medical consultation for Saxenda, please click on the "Begin Consulation" link, which will divert you to a full informational page, which contains full information about the product and additional items required to use with the product
Can I order Saxenda with a prescription from my doctor in the US from you and have it shipped to the US?
Unfortunately we cannot accept prescriptions written in the USA, as since 3 November 2008 UK pharmacies can only dispense prescriptions originating in countries of the European Economic Area or Switzerland. The prescribe (the person that has signed the prescription) has also got to be a registered doctor or dentist in the country of the prescription’s origin.
Secondly, Saxenda is a refridgerated line, so can only be dispatched within mainland UK
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