Saxenda is an FDA-approved brand name prescription weight loss medication. Unlike other prescription weight loss medications for obesity treatment, Saxenda is not an oral pill. It is an injectable medication that is administered via a pen injector.
The active drug in Saxenda is liraglutide. This is similar to a hormone in the body that is created in the intestines, known as GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide). It works by controlling appetite. However, unlike other popular diet drugs like Phentermine, Adipex, Qsymia, etc., Saxenda does not function like an appetite suppressant.
Instead, it sends a signal to your brain that you are full. It also helps beta cells normalize blood sugars. These cells produce and release insulin when blood sugar is high. That being said, Saxenda is not a treatment for type-2 diabetes. Its purpose is to regulate appetite and decrease calorie intake to help with weight loss and ongoing weight management.
It is primarily prescribed to adults who are obese (BMI of 30+), or who are excessively overweight (BMI 27+) and are also at risk of weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Saxenda is meant to be used in combination with a calorie-controlled diet and regular exercise program.
Saxenda is typically administered once daily via pen injection. Pen injectors are given to patients prefilled and, those who are prescribed this medication, will be taught how to use it by their healthcare providers. That being said, even after you know how to self-administer this medication, it is important that you take it precisely as it has been prescribed to you. Adhere to your doctor’s advice and directions. If, for whatever reason you feel that your dose should be altered, always speak to your medical practitioner first.
Although most people can take Saxenda without side effects, adverse effects have been linked to this diet drug. Among these effects include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, headache, low blood sugar, fatigue, decreased appetite and dizziness. More serious reactions may also occur, including gallbladder problems, kidney problems, inflammation of the pancreas, elevated heart rate, low bloods sugar in people who take type-2 diabetes medications, and serious allergic reaction.
Additionally, it is important to note that, in some people, Saxenda may cause mental or mood changes, including depression and even thoughts of suicide. Inform your doctor immediately if you experience these or any or the other symptoms listed above, as well as symptoms not mentioned in this review.
Finally, remember that Saxenda is not safe for everyone to take. Tell your doctor if you are treating a health condition with prescription, OTC or herbal products, if you have an existing or past medical problem, or if you are pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant.