Saxenda (liraglutide) is used for weight loss and to help keep weight off once weight has been lost, it is used for obese adults or overweight adults who also have weight-related medical problems. Saxenda can be used in children aged 12 to 17 years who with obesity and who have a bodyweight above 132 pounds (60 kg). Saxenda is used together with a healthy diet and exercise. If you need help managing your weight due to certain health conditions, your doctor may recommend Saxenda. Saxenda is a prescription medication that’s used to help with weight loss in:
- adults and some children who have obesity
- adults who have overweight who also have a weight-related condition
This drug is meant to be part of a long-term weight management plan that includes a reduced-calorie diet and increased exercise. Saxenda may not be suitable for certain people with the conditions mentioned above. To learn more about who can use this medication, see the “Is Saxenda used for weight loss and weight management?”
How to use Saxenda Pen Injector
This medication is used with a doctor-approved exercise, behavior change, and reduced-calorie diet program to help you lose weight. It is used by certain overweight people, such as those who are obese or have weight-related medical problems. Losing weight and keeping it off can lessen the many health risks that come with obesity, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a shorter life.Liraglutide is similar to a natural hormone in your body (incretin). It works by controlling your appetite.
Read the Medication Guide and the Instructions for Use Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using liraglutide and each time you get a refill. Learn all preparation and usage instructions. If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Inject this medication under the skin in the thigh, abdomen, or upper arm as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Your doctor will start you on a low dose first to decrease your risk of stomach/abdominal side effects, and gradually increase your dose. If more than 3 days have passed since your last liraglutide dose, ask your doctor if you should restart the medication with the low dose to reduce your chance of side effects. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
- Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin.
- Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Carefully follow the meal plan and exercise program your doctor has recommended.
Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, gas, heartburn, or constipation may occur. Nausea usually lessens as you continue to use liraglutide. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
- Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
- Vomiting/diarrhea that doesn’t stop may result in dehydration. Contact your doctor promptly if you notice any symptoms of dehydration, such as unusual dry mouth/thirst or dizziness/lightheadedness.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), yellowing eyes/skin, fast heartbeat, mental/mood changes (such as depression, thoughts of suicide ), signs of low blood sugar (sudden sweating, shaking, fast heartbeat, hunger, blurred vision, dizziness, or tingling hands/feet).
- Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: signs of pancreas or gallbladder disease (such as nausea/vomiting that doesn’t stop, severe stomach/abdominal pain).
- A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.