Saxenda, with FDA approval for weight control, is an injectable prescription medicine that helps reduce and maintain body weight.
It can be difficult to lose weight without regaining it -- when one loses weight, his/her body reacts naturally to slow down metabolism, increase the feeling of hunger and decrease that of fullness. Meanwhile, Saxenda has opposite effects. Containing Liraglutide, Saxenda works similar to a native hormone (GLP-1) which increases satiety and reduces hunger. Patients are expected to eat less and thereby less likely to regain weight.
To achieve long-term results, we suggest taking Saxenda with low-calorie meal plans and exercises, especially for people with:
- BMI of 30 or above
- BMI of 27 or above associated with weight-related problems such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, etc.
Result of a 1-year study shows that among patients who took Saxenda:
- 9 out of 10 lost weight
- 1 out of 3 lost at least 10% of weight
- Successfully maintained their weight
Therefore, people who feel difficult to cut calories, or hope to achieve long-term weight loss may consider taking Saxenda.
Another study shows that a weight loss of 5-10% helps alleviate comorbidities of obesity including:
- Reducing the risk of having diabetes mellitus type 2 by 58%
- Decreasing the rate of all-cause mortality by at least 15%
- Relieving the pain of degenerative joint disease by 50%
- Lowering the chance of having sleep apnea by 80%
As a result, Saxenda is a possible treatment option for people with obesity or medical problems caused by weight.
We suggest incorporating exercises and a low-calorie diet when taking Saxenda to achieve maximum result.
How do you take Saxenda?
Inject Saxenda once a day, at any time, into your upper arm, stomach area (abdomen), upper leg or other areas recommended by your doctor.
We suggest taking Saxenda for at least 16 consecutive weeks. In the first 4 weeks, gradually increase the dose according to doctor’s instruction until it meets 3mg/day. In the following 12 weeks, inject a fixed amount of 3mg/day. The doctor will evaluate result of the past 16 weeks, give advice and adjust the plan accordingly.
Common side effects
The most common side effects of taking Saxenda include nausea, diarrhea, constipation and vomiting. It may also lead to headache, upset stomach or stomach pain, tiredness, dizziness, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), decrease in appetite and change in blood enzyme (lipase) levels. Most of the side effects will resolve within a few days or weeks. Please inform your doctor if the side effects are severe.
Please consult with your doctor before taking Saxenda.