Saxenda GLP-1 weight loss medication
Saxenda GLP-1 weight loss medication


Injectable GLP-1: liraglutide


Every 4 weeks

Saxenda has demonstrated substantial effectiveness in aiding weight loss for individuals dealing with obesity or struggling to manage their weight. Clinical trials have shown that when used as prescribed along with lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes and increased physical activity, Saxenda can lead to significant weight loss.

  • GLP-1 injection taken once a day
  • FDA approved for weight loss
  • Lose 5–10% of your body weight a year
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Lose up to 10% of your body weight a year

Saxenda, featuring liraglutide, has shown remarkable effectiveness in aiding weight loss, with clinical studies indicating its potential for individuals to achieve a substantial reduction of up to 10% of their body weight within a year. These trials underscore the impactful nature of Saxenda in supporting weight management, particularly when coupled with lifestyle modifications like dietary changes and increased physical activity.

How Saxenda works

Saxenda, containing liraglutide, functions as a GLP-1 receptor agonist, mirroring the actions of a hormone naturally produced in the body. Upon injection, it activates receptors in various organs, prompting increased insulin release from the pancreas to regulate blood sugar levels after meals.

Additionally, it influences hunger and satiety centers in the brain, reducing appetite and fostering a sense of fullness, potentially decreasing food intake and aiding weight loss. Moreover, Saxenda slows stomach emptying, contributing to better blood sugar regulation and appetite control for individuals dealing with obesity or seeking weight management.

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Saxenda FAQs

What is Saxenda?

Jan 4, 2024

Saxenda is a medication that contains liraglutide, which belongs to a class of drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists. It's mainly prescribed for weight management in adults with obesity, or people who are overweight and have weight-related health conditions. Liraglutide mimics a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which helps regulate the release of insulin when you eat. This helps to control your blood sugar levels. It's taken via injection and is shown to be effective at supporting weight loss alongside lifestyle changes. 

How much weight can I expect to lose with Saxenda?

Jan 4, 2024

Individual results with Saxenda (liraglutide) can vary widely. In clinical trials, people using Saxenda experienced varying degrees of weight loss. On average, people achieved weight loss ranging from around 5% to more than 10% of their initial body weight over the course of the trials, which generally lasted around six months to a year.

Your weight loss can be influenced by various factors, including individual responses to the medication, consistency with treatment, lifestyle changes, metabolic differences and overall health. Some people might experience more significant weight loss, while others may see more moderate changes.

What are the potential side effects of Saxenda?

Jan 12, 2024

Saxenda®, also known as liraglutide, is a daily weight loss injection designed for individuals with high BMIs. While not everyone experiences side effects, it's essential to be aware of the potential effects, categorized as very common, common, uncommon, and rare.

Common Saxenda side effects

Common side effects of Saxenda (liraglutide) are seen in around 1 in 10 people. They may include gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation, particularly when starting treatment. Some people might experience injection site reactions and headaches. These side effects often diminish over time. To manage nausea, patients can try fresh air, cold drinks, and peppermint tea.

Up to 1 in 10 people may experience tiredness, weakness, changes in taste, dizziness, and stomach problems. Low blood sugar is also common and may cause symptoms like anxiety and tremors.

Milder side effects, like nausea, typically subside within a couple of weeks. If side effects are challenging to manage, patients should consult their doctor. It's important to stay hydrated and seek medical advice if vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation persist. Reactions around the injection site and headaches can be managed with over-the-counter remedies, but severe or worsening symptoms should be reported to medical professionals. Overall, if considering Saxenda® for weight loss, understanding and monitoring potential side effects is crucial.

Uncommon and rare side effects of Saxenda

1 in 100 people may experience an increased pulse rate, general unwell feeling, dehydration, inflamed gall bladder, and delayed stomach emptying. While fewer than 1 in 100 people may experience a reduced kidney function and kidney failure, presenting with a metallic taste, reduced urine volume, and easy bruising. Immediate medical attention is required. Although uncommon, we also recommend monitoring for thyroid tumors. It’s important to speak to your healthcare provider about any concerns or adverse reactions while using Saxenda.

Serious side effects are rare but may include severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) or inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Immediate medical attention is necessary if these symptoms occur.