What is Saxenda?
Saxenda is a popular weight-loss treatment that comes in the form of an injection pen. It works by reducing appetite, helping you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
It is prescribed to obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30 or for patients with a BMI of 27 or more if they already show weight-related medical problems (e.g. high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol ).
Saxenda is most effective 11 hours after being administered. You can expect to see results from two weeks, to 9 to 12 months. However, it is important that you also combine this medication with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.
When you buy Saxenda online from Pharma-Labs, your order will include both sharps (injection pens) and a bin.
How does it work?
Losing weight is a simple yet challenging process. You need to burn more calories than you consume. The best way to achieve this is by reducing your appetite. Saxenda allows you to eat less and exercise more, without overfeeding.
Saxenda contains the active ingredient ‘liraglutide’ – this is a synthetic version of a naturally occurring hormone, GLP-1.
GLP-1 controls appetite and calorie intake. By binding to and activating the GLP-1 receptor synthetically, Saxenda helps regulate appetite. The result is you feel the need to eat smaller portions, less frequently.
It is important that you also exercise regularly. Even though you may not feel as hungry whilst using Saxenda, a poor diet and routine can still lead to a calorie surplus. If you are unsure whether or not your lifestyle is healthy, you should speak to your doctor – they will be more than happy to advise you.
How do I use it?
Always follow the advice of your doctor when using any medication. Complete details are also listed in the patient information leaflet (PIL).
The following is a brief summary of how to use Saxenda:
- use this treatment once daily, at around the same time
- injections are subcutaneous; find an injection site in the abdomen, thigh or upper arm
- the injection needle should be discarded after every injection
- the pen should be stored without a needle to prevent contamination
- do not make injections into muscles or veins
- the solution should be stored in the refrigerator (2°C – 8°C). However, it must not be frozen, so should not be stored near or in the freezer compartment
How much should I inject?
Saxenda is administered with a multi-dose injection pen. The pen can deliver doses of 0.6 mg, 1.2 mg, 1.8 mg, 2.4 mg or 3 mg.
The initial dosage in the first week is 0.6 mg, which is then increased by 0.6 mg every following week until the recommended dosage of 3 mg is reached. Once you are taking the 3-mg dose, each pen should last six days. There is a table contained in the PIL that will make this easier to follow.
Please note – if you have not lost at least 5% of your initial body weight after 12 weeks of using the standard dose of 3 mg per day, the treatment should be discontinued. At this point, you should discuss alternative treatments with your doctor.