Saxenda for weight loss


Saxenda for weight loss is an effective weight loss drug that is used to help people with high body mass indexes


Saxenda for weight loss

Saxenda for weight loss is an effective weight loss drug that is used to help people with high body mass indexes (BMI). Your BMI is a measure that uses your height and weight to see if you’re a healthy weight.

With lifestyle changes, around 86% of people who use Saxenda® lose weight.

Saxenda® is a weight loss drug containing the active ingredient liraglutide. It’s injected into the body each day to help you lose weight. The treatment works best when it’s combined with a reduced-calorie diet and an increased exercise program.

Simply put, Saxenda for weight loss works by making you feel less hungry and fuller when you eat.

Your body produces a hormone known as a glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1), which helps you to naturally regulate your appetite. Liraglutide copies the action of this hormone, by reducing your appetite, which hopefully means you need to eat less, and you lose weight.

Saxenda® has been proven to be a very effective weight loss treatment, with lifestyle changes, as many as 85% of the people taking it lose some weight.

In a clinical study over 56 weeks, where patients received Saxenda® alongside a reduced calorie diet and exercise counseling:

  • Three in five people lost more than 5% of their body weight (that was an average of 5kg)
  • One in three people lost more than 10% of their body weight (that was an average of 10kg)

Saxenda® is suitable for people with:

  • A BMI of 30 and over
  • A BMI of 27 to 30 and have another weight-related ‘co-morbidity’ (e.g. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnoea)

The drug always works best when paired with a low-calorie, balanced diet and increased exercise program.

If you’re prescribed Saxenda for weight loss, you’ll have to inject yourself with the treatment each day.

The dosing schedule increases throughout the first four weeks to ensure your body can tolerate the treatment and you don’t experience many side effects. This process is called titration.

The Saxenda® dosing schedule is as follows:

  • Week 1 – 0.6mg injected daily
  • Week 2 – 1.2mg injected daily
  • Week 3 – 1.8mg injected daily
  • Week 4 – 2.4mg injected daily
  • Week 5 – 3.0mg injected daily

If you can tolerate the 3.0mg dose you will then be kept on this dose for the duration of your time taking the treatment. This is known as the maintenance phase.

After 12 weeks of being on the 3.0mg dose, you’ll be asked to check in with your clinician. This is because you’ll only be able to continue with the treatment if you’ve lost a certain amount of weight.

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