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What is Liraglutide? It is used in self injection pens for weight Loss

Posted 9 August 2022 in Saxenda Weight Loss Articles, Weight Loss

What is Liraglutide?

Saxenda UK Webmed PharmacyLiraglutide the active substance in Saxenda which is a self-injected prefilled pen used once daily that can help adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 30 to lose weight and keep it off.

It helps aid adults with excess weight (BMI ≥28) who also have weight-related medical problems or those with  obesity (BMI ≥30) to lose weight and keep the weight off.

Liraglutide (Saxenda) is not for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and should not be used with any other GLP-1 receptor agonist used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes eg Victoza, Byetta, Bydureon, Lixumia, Trulicity or Ozempic).

If you are diabetic then we will only supply Liraglutide (Saxenda) if your diabetes is controlled by diet alone and you are not on any medication for it. 

This is because it will affect your diabetes control and adjustments to your usual medicines may be needed.

How does Liraglutide (Saxenda) work?

Saxenda contains the active ingredient Liraglutide.

GLP-1 is a hormone that is released within the body in response to food intake and acts as a physiological regulator of appetite.

Liraglutide, the active substance in Saxenda, is 97% similar to GLP-1 and works in the brain to decrease appetite and thereby reduce food intake resulting in weight loss.

Liraglutide (Saxenda) should be used alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adult patients with an initial body mass index, BMI of 30 (obese) or 27 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one other chronic health condition (eg, high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol).

Once your BMI has reached 27 our doctor will no longer be able to prescribe it for you. Hopefully, the healthy habits that you have acquired on your weight loss journey will enable you to get to a BMI where you are no longer overweight (BMI 18.5-24.9).

You should only continue using Liraglutide (Saxenda) if you have lost at least 5% of your initial body weight after 12 weeks on the 3 mg/day dose

How do I use Saxenda?

Please read the patient information leaflet here before using and watch the video.

Liraglutide (Saxenda) is administered once daily.

Inject your dose of Liraglutide (Saxenda) under the skin (subcutaneous injection) in your stomach area (abdomen), upper leg (thigh), or upper arm. It is also recommended that you alternate the site at which the injection is made.

Do not inject into a vein or muscle.

Push the needle all the way into the skin at a 90º angle.

Inject the Saxenda by pushing the button at the top of the pen and leave the syringe in place while you count slowly to 6 to make sure the full dose is delivered.

If the disposable needle found at the tip of one of your Saxenda pens bends out of shape whilst you are trying to use the pen, you should discard the needle and use a new one.

Never share your Saxenda pen or needles with another person. You may give an infection to them, or get an infection from them.

What does the Liraglutide (Saxenda) pen look like?

The Saxenda UK Weight Loss Pen

You can order an individual pen, 2, 3, 4 or 5 pens at once.

You use a gradually increasing dose over the first 5 weeks.

If you are just starting to use Saxenda then a single pen should last 17 days and a pack of 5 pens should last 44 days.

Once you are on the full dose, a pack of 5 pens should last 30 days

How much Liraglutide (Saxenda) do I need?

You should follow a 5-week dose escalation to reach the fully effective 3-mg dose. The 5-week dose-escalation period can reduce the likelihood of gastrointestinal symptoms.

The Saxenda starting dose is 0.6 mg subcutaneously, SC, per day for 1 week.

You should increase the dose by 0.6 mg each week until the full maintenance dose of 3 mg is reached.

By the start of the fifth week you should be on the maximum maintenance dose.

  • Week 1 - 0.6 mg SC once daily x 7 days
  • Week 2 - 1.2 mg SC once daily x 7 days
  • Week 3 - 1.8 mg SC once daily x 7 days
  • Week 4 - 2.4 mg SC once daily x 7 days
  • Week 5 onwards ı 3.0 mg SC once daily 

You should have lost at least 5% of your starting body weight by week 12 if you want to continue with Liraglutide (Saxenda).

When do I take Liraglutide (Saxenda)?

Saxenda can be taken at any time of the day, with or without food and drink, but you must stick to taking it at the same time each day such as at breakfast or bedtime. Choose a time of the day that works best for you.

What if I forget to take a dose of Liraglutide (Saxenda)?

If you forget to take a dose, but remember within 12 hours of when you would usually take it, take the missed dose as soon as you remember.

If more than 12 hours have passed since you would usually take it, skip the dose and continue like normal the next day.

Do not take a double dose or increase the dose the following day to make up for the missed dose.

If you use more Saxenda than you should, talk to your doctor or go to a hospital straight away. Take the medicine pack with you. You may need medical treatment.

The following effects may happen: • feeling sick (nausea) • being sick (vomiting).

Do I store it in a fridge?

Saxenda needs to be stored in a fridge and so it will be delivered in temperature controlled packaging. The packaging has a limited life span and therefore, if you select having it delivered to a pickup shop then you must collect it on the day that it’s delivered there and refrigerate it as soon as possible.

Also, because Saxenda is temperature sensitive, if you order after 4pm on Thursday it will be sent out on Monday for free tracked delivery on Tuesday. You can upgrade to a Saturday delivery for only £4.

Liraglutide (Saxenda) Storage and Expiry

Do not use Saxenda after the expiry date which is stated on the pen label and carton after ‘EXP’. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Before first use: Store in a refrigerator (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze. Keep away from the freezer compartment.

Once you start using the pen: You can keep the pen for 1 month when stored at a temperature below 30°C or in a refrigerator (2°C to 8°C). When you are not using the pen, keep the pen cap on in order to protect it from light. Do not use this medicine if the solution is not clear and colourless or almost colourless.

What needles do I use?

The Saxenda pens can be used with NovoFine ;32G Tip, one of the thinnest and shortest needles available from Novo Nordisk. NovoFine 32G

Tip needles are single-use, disposable injection needles.

We will supply the Saxenda pen with the needles and a yellow sharps box to dispose of used needles. 

When the sharps bin is full, it should be returned to your nearest local Household Waste Recycling Centre where it will be disposed of properly.

Only fill the bin up to where it says "Do not fill above this line". You can find your local council here www.gov.uk/find-local-council

You must not put used needles or other sharps in any of your household waste bins.

Are there any side-effects?

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Serious side-effects

  • Some severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) have been reported rarely in patients using Saxenda. You should see your doctor straight away if you get symptoms such as breathing problems, swelling of face and throat and a fast heartbeat.
  • Cases of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) have been reported uncommonly in patients using Saxenda. Pancreatitis is a serious, potentially life-threatening medical condition. Stop taking Saxenda and contact a doctor immediately if you notice any of the following serious side effects:-
  • Severe and persistent pain in the abdomen (stomach area) which might reach through to your back, as well as nausea and vomiting, as it could be a sign of an inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis).

Other side effects :-

Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people

  • Feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting), diarrhoea, constipation – these usually go away after a few days or weeks.

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • Problems affecting the stomach and intestines, such as indigestion (dyspepsia), inflammation in the lining of the stomach (gastritis), stomach discomfort, upper stomach pain, heartburn, feeling bloated, wind (flatulence), belching and dry mouth Feeling weak or tired Changed sense of taste Dizziness Difficulty sleeping (insomnia). This usually occurs the first 3 months of treatment Gallstones Injection site reactions (such as bruising, pain, irritation, itching and rash) Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia).

The warning signs of low blood sugar may come on suddenly and can include: cold sweat, cool pale skin, headache, fast heartbeat, feeling sick, feeling very hungry, changes in vision, feeling sleepy, feeling weak, being nervous, being anxious, confusion, difficulty concentrating and shaking (tremor).

Your doctor will tell you how to treat low blood sugar and what to do if you notice these warning signs increase of pancreatic enzymes, such as lipase and amylase which may lead to pancreatitis Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • Loss of fluids (dehydration). This is more likely to occur at the start of treatment and may be due to being sick (vomiting), feeling sick (nausea) and diarrhoea
  • Inflamed gall bladder • Allergic reactions including skin rash • Feeling generally unwell
  • Faster pulse Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people Reduced kidney function Acute kidney failure. Signs may include reduction in urine volume, metallic taste in mouth and easily bruising

Any tips for managing nausea?

The most common side effect that you may experience when you first start Saxenda is nausea.

This usually improves as your body adjusts to treatment.

If you do experience nausea, there are some general recommendations that you can follow :-

  1. Eat bland, low-fat foods, like crackers, toast, and rice

  2. Eat foods that contain water, like soups and gelatin

  3. Avoid lying down after you eat

  4. Go outside to get some fresh air

If you experience sickness (vomiting) or diarrhoea  it is important to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids.

Are there any contra-indications?

As there is limited therapeutic experience in patients 75 years of age or over, use in these patients is not recommended

Anyone with liver or kidney disease should not take Saxenda

Hypersensitivity to liraglutide or to any of the excipients listed in the patient information leaflet.

This medicine is not recommended if you have a severe stomach or gut problem which results in delayed stomach emptying (called gastroparesis), or if you have an inflammatory bowel disease.

Liraglutide should be used with caution in patients with thyroid disease.

Upon initiation of liraglutide treatment in patients on warfarin or other coumarin derivatives more frequent monitoring of International Normalised Ratio (INR) is recommended.

Severe heart failure

Disease of the pancreas.

Do not use Saxenda if you are pregnant, think that you might be pregnant or are planning to have a baby. This is because it is not known if Saxenda may affect the baby. Do not breast-feed if you are using Saxenda. This is because it is not known if Saxenda passes into breast milk.

Special warnings and precautions for use

In patients with diabetes mellitus Saxenda must not be used as a substitute for insulin.

Saxenda should not be mixed with other injectables (e.g. insulins).

For successful weight loss help and advice

See the NHS web site

www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/start-the-nhs-weight-loss-plan

Would you like to know the truth about

Discover the latest scientific advancements on obesity and its causes and how the many common myths about weight can be disproved by going here:
www.truthaboutweight.global/gb/en.html

Download the patient information leaflet

Patient Information Leaflet for Saxenda

Can I buy Saxenda without a prescription?

No, Saxenda is a prescription-only medication and requires a simple, discreet consultation.

In order to buy Saxenda weight loss pens from Webmed Pharmacy you will either need to provide your own doctors prescription or complete an online consultation with us to ensure this medication is suitable for you.

If you want to know more about Saxenda and if it could work for you then call our pharmacy team 0161 491 1899. Your conversation will be in confidence and with discretion.


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Wegovy vs Saxenda vs Ozempic - What's the difference?

Posted 24 March 2022 in Saxenda Weight Loss Articles, Weight Loss


Wegovy vs Saxenda vs Ozempic

Wegovy vs Saxenda vs Ozempic - What's the difference?Those of us who are living with obesity could all do with a little help in the battle against it.

In the last few years Novo Nordisk have introduced some very effective tools to help win that battle.

These medications make you feel full and less hungry, which can help you to eat less and reduce your body weight. They can help you to not only lose weight but keep it off as well.

The first one to be introduced was Liraglutide which was originally developed as an anti-diabetic drug and is licensed for this purpose under the name Victoza.

When it was discovered that it could be a very effective weight loss aid it was developed for that purpose under the name Saxenda.

The same thing happened with Semaglutide, as it was developed as an anti-diabetic drug too and called Ozempic.

Some websites have already been selling Ozempic as a weight loss medication but it has only been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), as an anti-diabetic medication and is not licenced for weight loss.

However, a new formulation of Semaglutide called Wegovy has been approved in the UK for weight loss and will soon be available.

What is Wegovy?

Wegovy™ is for adults with obesity (BMI ≥30) or overweight (excess weight) (BMI ≥27) who also have weight related medical problems, to help them lose weight and keep it off.

Problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Wegovy™ should be used with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.

How does Wegovy work?

Wegovy™ works by mimicking a hormone that targets areas of the brain involved in regulating appetite and food intake. It also delays gastric emptying which helps you to feel fuller for longer. This can help you eat less, which can lead to WEIGHT LOSS.

How do I take Wegovy?

Wegovy™ is the first and only prescription weight-management medicine taken once weekly. It’s taken on the same day each week, any time of day, with or without food.

Wegovy™ is available in 5 doses ranging from 0.25 mg to 2.4 mg, each of which is taken once a week for 4 weeks. Each dose comes in a different colour pen.

You should follow a 5-week dose escalation to reach the fully effective 2.4mg dose.

What is the difference between Wegovy and Saxenda ?

Both medications involve an escalating dosage schedule but Saxenda is injected on a daily basis while Wegovy is only injected on a weekly basis.

This is not the only difference however, as Wegovy produces much better weight loss and better cardiovascular outcomes.

In a 68-week medical study of 1,961 adults living with obesity or excess weight with a related medical problems:

ADULTS LOST ON AVERAGE 35 POUNDS (16KG) OR ABOUT 15% OF THEIR BODY WEIGHT!

What support do you offer?

We will not only supply you with medication to control your appetite but offer you lots of vital support to help you reach your weight loss goal and live your best life.

  • We will provide 5 pillars of support to enable you to be successful on your weight loss journey and to give you the best possible outcome. These pillars will help you change to adopting healthy habits that will enable lifelong success.
  • We will offer you lots of delicious healthy recipes with advice on eating out. There will be tips and advice on how to achieve restful sleep along with the recommended daily water consumption.
  • There will be a fitness coach who will provide you with easy effective exercise routines that can be done in the comfort of your own home.
  • Most importantly we will introduce you to our lifestyle coach who will offer you weekly interactive group coaching sessions to inspire you and help you overcome any obstacles that are holding you back from achieving your goal.

This will all be offered at no extra charge!

Email us at  team@webmedpharmacy.co.uk, to be notified when our new holistic weight management service will begin.

Wegovy is not available in the UK at them moment, but it will be soon. In the meantime we do have an alternative called Saxenda.


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Medically reviewed by: Superintendent pharmacist Margaret Hudson BSc(Hons)MRPharmS 23/03/22







Saxenda, Our New Holistic Medicated Weight Management Solution

Posted 25 January 2022 in Saxenda Weight Loss Articles, Weight Loss


Saxenda UK, A New Weight Management Solution

Obesity is a growing problem in the UK.

Saxenda UK, A New Weight Management SolutionA quarter of UK adults are obese and this proportion has risen due to the restrictions of lockdown.

Before the current pandemic, our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and readily available cheap unhealthy food, were resulting in us, as a nation, gaining weight. (1)

Previously, due to us being recommended to work from home, it has left us with ready access to the biscuit jar and unhealthy snacks, that has resulted in an exacerbated obesity problem.

It has been reported that, there is an increased risk in persons with obesity developing the Covid-19 disease. The obese tend to require hospitalisation and are more likely to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), to have invasive mechanical ventilation, suffering an increase in mortality. (6)

You can read our previous blog for more information about how Covid-19 affects those with obesity.

Most of us know that on a basic level, the key to losing weight is simply eating less and moving more, so on a daily basis, calories taken in, amount to less than calories you burn.

Many factors can stand in the way of this change in lifestyle, including time constraints and lack of motivation. In addition, several medical conditions such as Type II diabetes mellitus, pre-diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and hypothyroidism, as well as certain medications, can make weight loss harder to achieve. That is why medical intervention may sometimes be needed. (1)

Until relatively recently, there was only one medication – orlistat – licensed to treat obesity in this country. Orlistat stops around a third of the fat in your diet being absorbed, helping to prevent weight gain.

However, unpleasant side effects related to this mode of action include oily, loose stools, flatulence, urgency to pass stools more frequently than is normal for you, and an oily rectal discharge. (1)


What is Saxenda and how does it work?


The best tool to be used in the battle against obesity is Saxenda, a brand of the medication liraglutide.

Liraglutide was originally developed as an anti-diabetic drug and is licensed for this purpose under the name Victoza, at a different strength to Saxenda.

Saxenda is available as a pre-filled pen for subcutaneous (under the skin) injection containing 18mg of liraglutide in 3ml of solution. (2)

Liraglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, meaning it acts at the receptor for GLP-1, an appetite-regulating substance naturally produced in the body. The way in which liraglutide interacts with the receptor is currently unclear. (2)

Saxenda is different from weight management products that you may have taken in the past.

Saxenda makes you feel full and less hungry, which can help you eat less and reduce your body weight.  It can help you to not only lose weight but keep it off as well.

We realise that losing weight is a complex issue and is not as simple as “eating less and moving more”. If only it were that simple!

That is why we have developed a holistic medicated solution to weight loss that will be available very soon.

We will offer 5 pillars of support to get you to your target weight and maintain it.

  • We will have a fitness coach and a wellness coach.
  • Our fitness coach has designed a series of simple easy exercises to do to boost your metabolism and our wellness coach will be hosting Saturday morning sessions where she will discuss all aspects of weight loss and be interested to hear how you are progressing and any topics you would like her to cover.
  • We’ll have advice on how to achieve restful sleep and the recommended daily water consumption.
  • There will be a Wellness App to help you when you feel stressed or anxious and this will be particularly helpful if, at moments like these, you are tempted to comfort eat.

With all the support that we will provide we aim to help to get you to your goal weight and stay there.

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Use the Saxenda pen at home or on the go


You can inject your dose in your stomach area (abdomen), upper leg (thigh), or upper arm. However, we would recommend the stomach area as you're less likely to feel it and you have a bigger area to vary where you inject.

Use the Saxenda pen at home or on the go


Who can use  Saxenda?


Saxenda is licensed to treat obesity in people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30kg/m2 or higher, or those with a BMI of 27kg/m2 to 30kg/m2 who have one or more of a number of weight-linked health conditions including Type II diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidaemia (raised fat or cholesterol levels in the blood), high blood pressure and obstructive sleep apnoea.

It should be used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise. (2)

Children and young people under the age of 18 should not use Saxenda, as it is not yet known how the drug affects this age group. Furthermore, Saxenda should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women due to unknown effects on the foetus or baby. (3)


What is the dose for Saxenda?


When starting Saxenda, the initial dose is 0.6mg daily, injected into the abdomen, front of the thigh or upper arm, but not into a vein or muscle. The dose is increased on a weekly basis by a further 0.6mg until the daily dose is 3mg, the maximum recommended daily dose.

The reason for this gradual increase in dose is that gastrointestinal side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation are minimised.

These side-effects are very common, especially at the beginning of treatment, so lower doses at the start of treatment improve tolerability and make it more likely that the patient will continue treatment.

If Saxenda is still intolerable two weeks after stepping up to the next dose, treatment should be stopped. (2)

How long before Saxenda starts to work?


Patients using Saxenda can expect to have lost at least 5% of their starting weight once they have been on 3mg daily for twelve weeks, given they have also been consuming fewer calories and increasing exercise.

If this hasn’t been achieved, treatment with Saxenda should no longer be continued. (2)

What results have been seen with Saxenda?


Medical studies with more than 3,000 people taking Saxenda were conducted to understand the benefits and risks of Saxenda. The results from the study showed significant weight loss.

Along with a low-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity, some people lost nearly 2.5 times more weight with Saxenda versus placebo (17.3 lb vs 7 lb). Study participants had an average starting weight of 234 lb and an average BMI of 38. (3)

In a different 1-year study, most people who stayed on Saxenda kept the weight off. (3)


Can I use Saxenda alongside other medication?


p>If you take atype of medication for diabetes known as a sulfonylurea (such as gliclazide or glimepiride), the dose may need to be adjusted while you use Saxenda to reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). (4)

If you use Victoza for diabetes you should not use Saxenda at the same time. This is because they both contain liraglutide, so using them together will lead to overdose.

Patients taking warfarin or other anticoagulants may need to have more frequent tests to monitor how long it takes their blood to clot. (4)

If you are on medication for diabetes then we will not be able to supply you with Saxenda as you need to be monitored by your healthcare provider. If your diabetes is managed by diet alone then we can supply it to you.


Where can I find Saxenda?


Saxenda is not usually prescribed by your GP and is only offered on the NHS through specialist multidisciplinary weight management (tier 3) services. Access to these services in variable throughout the UK and most people have to resort to buying it privately. (5)

It is available to purchase from Webmed Pharmacy following a simple online assessment by our Doctors - click here to see your options to buy Saxenda and find out if it is suitable for you.


What is Ozempic?


There have been recent posts in the media about some people who have lost a lot of weight using an unlicensed product for weight loss called Ozempic. (7)

The most important difference between Ozempic and Saxenda, is that Saxenda is licenced for use as a weight loss medication in the UK and Ozempic is not. Also, there is very little data available for the use of Ozempic in weight management.

Furthermore, it's unethical to routinely offer Ozempic in a weight management service but some websites and clinics will supply it routinely as they are only interested in making money and not concerned about your safety. You can read more about it here.


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References

1.       NHS. Obesity – Overview [cited 1st March 2021]. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obesity/

2.       NICE. Obese, overweight with risk factors: liraglutide (Saxenda) – Product overview [cited 1st March 2021]. Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta664

3.   Novo Nordisk. Saxenda [cited March 2021] https://www.saxenda.com/learn-about-saxenda/what-results-have-been-seen-with-saxenda.html

4.   emc. Saxenda 6 mg/mL solution for injection in pre-filled pen [cited 1st March 2021]. Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/2313/pil

5.       NICE. Obese, overweight with risk factors: liraglutide (Saxenda) – Estimated impact for the NHS [cited 1st March 2021]

Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta664

6.   World Obesity Organisation. [cited March 2021] https://www.worldobesity.org/resources/policy-dossiers/obesity-covid-19

7.    BBC NEWS. [cited March 2021]   Obesity: Appetite drug could mark 'new era' in tackling condition. Available at   https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56011979

Author
Margaret Hudson
Superintendent pharmacist Margaret Hudson BSc(Hons) MRPharmS
Originally posted 27th December 2019, Saxenda: the newest recruit into the battle against obesity.

Updated: 1st March 2021

Updated 25th January 2022







Busting 2 epic obesity myths to help you achieve your weight loss goals in 2022

Posted 14 January 2022 in Weight Loss, Womens health

Diet confusionThe world has an opinion on obesity, and this creates problems for those of us who are living with the challenge of losing excess weight. Contradictory information is given to us regularly whether we asked for it or not.

  • “You need to eat less carbs…
  • “You need to eat more carbs…
  • “You need to eat nothing!”

It’s a minefield.

Your situation is definitely NOT helped by the fact that the U.K diet industry is worth £2 billion (and globally in 2019 the loss and weight management industry was valued at $192.2 billion). This means there are a lot of people with a vested interest in what you decide to do next.

We believe in tailoring a weight loss program to each individual, not the other way around. In this blog post, we’ll share some truths to help clear the murky waters surrounding healthy weight loss so you can make decisions that benefit you.

Myth 1: You’re LAZY… Put down the crisps and go for a run!

The truth: Obesity is a complex disease and has nothing to do with your willpower, or how ‘lazy’ you are.

There are a number of reasons this advice is potentially dangerous:

You may avoid seeking medical help

Obesity is a medical condition, and you should be talking with a medical professional to make sure you have the support you need to safely lose weight. You may have an underlying medical condition that is making you retain weight, or you may need additional support from a mental health professional or a health coach to help you transition unhealthy habits that have been embedded since childhood. Working alongside your doctor can help you lose weight safely.

Sudden changes in your exercise regime can be dangerous

If you are not particularly active, suddenly embarking on an intense exercise regime without consulting a professional first is dangerous.

It’s not only the risk of damaging a muscle or a tendon, which will further slow down your progress, but you may trigger a medical emergency.

Start slowly, start walking to strengthen your joints, and listen to your body instead of the internet gurus (and maybe your nan). And go chat to your doctor.

A calorie is not a calorie

You know that 10 calories worth of carrots are better for you than a pint of zero-calorie cola… and yet when it comes to weight loss - we often obsess over how many calories eaten in a day, regardless of the nutrient density of our food, and the other health benefits that they give.

If you have decided a calorie-controlled diet is best for you, try to focus more on nutrient density, than on the number of calories. Your longer-term health will thank you for it. Plus, eating fibre rich foods like fruit, vegetables and whole grains can help you feel fuller.

Myth 2: Weight loss should be measured by the number of Kg (or Ilbs) you ‘lose’

Daily measurements can lead to frequent moments of despair (and can trigger unhelpful behaviour to get things “back on track”).

Truth: You should measure your success with a health focussed goal stick.

Consider changing your success parameters to something that makes you feel good. Things like:

  • Blood pressure
  • Diet quality
  • Physical activity
  • How you feel about yourself
  • Which clothes fit
  • How close you are to proudly marching outside in a swim suit

Rephrase weight loss

The way you talk about weight can affect the way you feel about losing weight.

If you tell people you’re losing weight, instead of working towards lowering your blood pressure - the conversation is all about your numbers.

And weight LOST… is weight that can be GAINED, which isn't motivating.

So if you need to talk about weight consider a reframe- try talking about weight that you have deleted. It’s a small change that has a profoundly different feel, and can really help you move towards sustainable weight loss.

Supporting weight loss with Saxenda

Moving to a calorie controlled diet can be hard. If you find you need help managing feelings of hunger, you may be interested in trying an appetite suppressant. Saxenda (some call it “the skinny pen”) is an injection that helps regulate your hunger hormone GLP-1 which can lead to eating fewer calories and losing weight.

The prescription can be signed off by our in house team of doctors, so you can try Saxenda from the convenience of your home if you live in the U.K.

Get more information about trying Saxenda here
(and how to get free access to a health coach)

In summary

Obesity is a hot topic, and with that, you’re likely bombarded with contradictory information. Debunking these popular myths should help you develop a more tailored approach to a weight loss program that suits you.

If you feel you need our help with this, click here to learn more about our weight support products.


https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/food-trends-2016/do-not-follow-food-trends
[accessed January 7th 2022]

https://www.saxenda.com/about-saxenda/how-it-works.html
[accessed January 9th 2022]

Author: Gemma Boak

Medically reviewed by: Superintendent pharmacist Margaret Hudson BSc(Hons)MRPharmS 14/01/22

What type of exercise is best for skin?

Posted 12 December 2021 in Weight Loss, Womens health

A woman exercising at the gymThere is enough evidence to suggest that how active we are and the exercise we do, can show on our faces.

Our activity levels and lifestyle choices have a direct relationship with how healthy our skin looks and feels - but is there a connection between the types of exercise we choose and ageing of the skin?

Sagging skin is a natural part of the ageing process. As we age, our collagen starts to break down and is not replenished so the skin gradually starts to lose its elasticity and firmness and coupled with a loss of volume and gravity – the skin will begin to sag.

A group of women exercising with big ballsSo, is it possible that some forms of exercise will cause or even worsen sagging skin? Anecdotal evidence suggests that the repetitive impact of pounding the pavement or other unforgiving surfaces can result in sagging facial muscles. A long-term disadvantage of intense athletic training is that the skin’s collagen and fibrous tissues (along with fatty cells) are thinned, and the skin is less supported. While this could also be due to fat loss, low intensity workouts or more gentle yoga sessions can also be beneficial, so it’s important to take on a mixture of high and low intensity workouts. This is backed up by other studies which show that swapping intense, repetitive motion for slower more gradual movement can also help your skin in the long run. (Womens Health)

Resistance training can further boost your skin’s youthful appearance since it increases the production of growth hormone. This handy hormone is produced by the pituitary gland in your brain, and some studies show that it can aid cell repair as well as influencing fibroblast cells to create more collagen. (Womens Health)

A focussed-looking woman exercising with resistance bandsSince exercise reduces the production of stress hormones, which cause blood vessels to constrict and impair healing, when you work out, you’re minimising the damage stress does to your face. This, as well as increasing the flow of those good nutrients your skin loves, (women’s health) has got to be a good argument to pop on your gym leggings, right?

The science behind how exercise impacts our body

Frequent aerobic training can reduce inflammation and improve immunity by helping the blood carry oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. This means it can help relieve major skin conditions such as acne and eczema which are often triggered by inflammation.

In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. Getting your heart pumping improves mitochondrial function which allows your bloodstream to release more energy. As well as helping you to feel good and look better, increased blood flow to the skin can also decrease signs of ageing by clearing cellular debris out of the system. Think of it as cleansing the skin from the inside.

Despite its many clear benefits, however, exercising sadly isn’t a preventative measure for skin ageing on its own (iiaa). Some people believe that exercise will tighten skin and reduce wrinkles through increases in collagen or from muscles toning and pulling the skin taut. On the other hand, others think that exercise, particularly weight lifting, could instead generate more wrinkles from the act of straining and muscles pulling on the skin (webmd).

How does exercise promote collagen?

Rather than spending a bomb on cosmetics, is it now time to consider spending a couple of hours a week working up a sweat to look younger for longer?

A sweaty looking womanWe’ve already mentioned that workouts can increase the function of mitochondria, the power centres of every cell. The more powerful mitochondria are, the better the metabolism of your skin cells and the more elastic they become. In other words, better cell function ensures proper collagen production which helps you look and feel younger. So, it’s not only the gorgeous post-treadmill flush that makes you look glowing.

A recent study from Victoria University in Australia found that the key to maximising the body’s mitochondria levels is practicing cardio. Endurance exercises have been proven to increase mitochondria levels in muscles up to almost double. The research showed that cycling for 30-45 minutes twice a week along with weekly walks boosts the collagen-filled layer of the skin to make it appear more youthful. (doctor.ndfu.com)

Facial Exercises

Your face contains over 50 different muscles and unlike most of the rest of the body, a lot of these facial muscles are rarely used. By carrying out regular facial exercises you promote the circulation of blood to different areas of the face, replenishing the oxygen supply in the muscles and the skin. This will result in a bright, plumper complexion and a beautiful healthy glow.

Performing facial toning exercises frequently will keep your face looking fit in the long run. Furthermore, regular facial muscle exercises improve blood flow, supplying your skin cells with nutrients leading to a stimulation of skin cell regeneration and prevention of wrinkles.

When to be careful

If you have rosacea, acne, eczema, or psoriasis you may need to take special care to keep your skin protected while exercising. For acne-prone skin, keep gentle, fragrance-free cleansing wipes in your gym bag. Be sure to cleanse your face and other areas that tend to break out immediately after exercising.

For eczema-prone skin wear fabrics that keep perspiration away from the skin, since the wet-dry-wet-dry cycle will dry out your skin and provoke flare-ups. Above all, avoid exercising with makeup on your face (Everydayhealth.com)

Article by Holly Mason of The Skin Investment Clinic with contributions from Personal Trainer, Belinda Andrews
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1 in every 4 adults lives with this disease. What can you do to prevent and treat obesity?

Posted 2 November 2021 in Weight Loss

Three ladiesThere are rising obesity levels across the world with an estimated 2.7 billion adults who will be living with it by 2025. Yet, many suffer from its effects in silence. 

Obesity is a chronic disease

The effects of obesity, both physical and mental, can be devastating.

It can affect anyone and at any age, from any background and any ethnicity, and its causes are complex.

Modern-day, high-energy diets packed with unhealthy fats and sugars, such as processed and fast food, coupled with our increasingly sedentary lives are often blamed. But genetics and the environment around us can also play a role.

Either way, obesity IS a complex disease. And it can lead to health issues if left untreated.

The risks of obesity

If your BMI is over 30 then you’re classed as being obese, (though it’s worth noting this is not an exact science- Arnold Schwarzenegger in the prime of his bodybuilding career had a BMI of 31- because muscle weighs more than fat). If you don’t know yours you can calculate your BMI here.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/

Living with obesity puts you at a higher risk of early-onset type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, liver disorders, certain types of cancers and orthopaedic problems as well as back pain.

But these are just the physical issues...

Living with the stigma

Obesity can also cause mental health issues due to the stigma and discrimination around the disease.

It is often assumed in Western cultures that obese people are ‘lazy’ and should ‘eat less and exercise more’ but this oversimplifies a deeply complex condition that often presents alongside other health challenges which further muddy the water, such as metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

It also overlooks the challenges that people who have struggled with weight for a long time have experienced. The repeated failures with diets and injuries acquired from starting intense exercise regimes before they have strengthened their joints.

Low self-esteem and wanting to isolate yourself from the rest of the world are common feelings, which can amplify the challenges you face if you’re prone to overeating when you feel depressed or stressed.

The lack of healthy dialogue and prevalence of flawed outdated approaches propagated in our communities further hinders its prevention and treatment.

So how can you treat obesity?

The main thing to consider is that it takes time to become obese - and it will take time to effectively treat it. There’s no quick fix, but there is a solution that can be customised to your needs.

By taking a holistic approach to treatment, where you look at lifestyle, dietary and environmental changes, you’re more likely to form and maintain healthy, good habits that last for life.

For example, a good weight loss management programme will help you form a balanced, calorie-controlled diet that you’re likely to stick to, especially if you have realistic goals to work towards.

These don’t include so-called ‘fad’ diets, which restrict certain food groups or include fasting – you may lose weight quickly but you’re not forming sustainable healthy habits that will last long-term.

What’s more, adding more active time into your week, whether it’s walking, swimming or jogging, all helps. The recommended time spent on activities is between 2.5 and 5 hours a week.

Webmed weight management service

We can provide a medicated weight loss service that will reduce your appetite considerably enabling you to make healthy food choices leading to a sustainable reduction in your weight.

To help you on your weight loss journey we provide some very useful NHS links that provide lots of tips and support on healthy eating and lifestyle habits. We also give you access to our app where you can record your success and ask for advice from a healthcare professional.

Find out how we can help

References

Saying Goodbye to BMI | In Body USA [accessed 18/11/21]

Causes of Obesity | World Obesity Federation [accessed 18/11/21]

Obesity - Treatment - NHS (www.nhs.uk) [accessed 18/11/21]

Author: Gemma Boak

Medically reviewed by: Superintendent pharmacist Margaret Hudson BSc(Hons)MRPharmS 02/11/21
 

Weight loss injections - Are they worth the cost?

Posted 4 October 2021 in Saxenda Weight Loss Articles, Weight Loss


Saxenda Weight Loss Injections

Saxenda Weight loss injectionsSaxenda weight loss injections, also known as ‘the skinny pen’ burst onto the U.K market back in 2017, with exciting results for people who need help with weight loss.

In one study of 3,731 people, 3 out of 5 achieved significant weight loss of 5% or more, and 1 in 3 achieved weight loss of 10% or more (1).

But how much does the weight loss pen, Saxenda weight loss injections, cost in the U.K? and is it worth it?

The truth is… it depends where you are in your weight loss journey right now.

If you need to lose a little weight and you’ve read about ‘the skinny pen’ then you may have been sucked into hype and need to be very, very careful. Saxenda weight loss injections are unlikely the best option for you if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is less than 27. Speak to your doctor.

If your BMI is over 27 and you have a weight related medical condition OR you’re living with obesity (have a BMI over 30) and have tried and failed at calorie controlled diets before… then this weight loss supporting injection may be the right next step for you (2).

How Saxenda works (and why we only recommend it if hunger is holding back your weight loss dreams).

Saxenda is the brand name for the active ingredient, Liraglutide. Liraglutide is an appetite suppressant that mimics the hormones in your brain that regulate hunger (3).

There is no guarantee that reducing hunger will delete extra weight, but reducing hunger pangs should help avoid the urge to overeat and to snacking in between meals.

Saxenda weight loss injections arn’t a miracle cure (though we wish it was).

It’s a tool which should be used alongside a calorie deficit diet and a doctor approved exercise program. This is why we’ll send you an access code to the Liva Healthcare app when you buy from us, so you can track and monitor your health and lifestyle goals.

You’ll also have access to a Liva health coach to ask questions within the app.

How much does Saxenda cost in the U.K?

To get the best results from Saxenda, you need to slowly increase your dose until you reach 3mg per day.

It’s easy to change the dose, you can see a simple dial mechanism at the top of the pen.

Saxenda pen

This means when you start, your pen will last much longer, because you are using less each time you inject than you will be when you are up to the full dose.

Here at our family owned pharmacy, we keep our prices as low as possible, and we help you with discounts to enable you to successfully continue on your weight loss journey..

So let’s look at a typical example.

The recommended dosage for Saxenda when you start is 0.6mg once a day, which increases by 0.6mg each week (2).

A typical dosing schedule works like this:

  • Week 1: 0.6mg once daily for 7 days
  • Week 2: 1.2mg once daily for 7 days
  • Week 3: 1.8mg once daily for 7 days
  • Week 4: 2.4mg once daily for 7 days
  • Week 5: 3.0mg  once daily ← this is the full dose and you will stay at this dose for as long as you need to.


How does the dosage schedule affect the cost?

When you’re starting out, a single pen will last you 17 days.

If you buy a pack of 5 then they’ll last you 44 days…

...so a 5 pack will take you through to week 6.

Once you are at the optimum dosage (3mg/day), the 5 pen pack should last you 30 days.

In terms of investment… it depends how many pens you buy at a time. One pen works out at £75, but if you buy the 5 pen multipack, this is reduced to £60/pen (2).


How long do I need to take this for?

You’ll know pretty soon if this solution is working for you.

You should lose 5% of your starting body weight by week 12. If you have not achieved this using Saxenda, then you should stop the regime (always talk to your doctor or qualified pharmacist first). (2)

In terms of when you’ll stop, it depends on you and your progress. Some people stop when they hit their target weight, and some people continue to help them maintain their weight loss (1).

Here at Webmed Pharmacy, our lead pharmacist Margaret, is available during office hours to chat about your progress and answer any questions you have.

In fact, the manufacturer of Saxenda, Novo Nordisk, said this about us:

“Webmed's service is so supportive and ethical, it definitely stands out from the others”

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References

1. Benefits of Saxenda [cited 12/08/21] Available at: https://www.saxenda.com/about-saxenda/benefits-of-saxenda.html

2. Saxenda  [cited 12/08/21] Available at: https://webmedpharmacy.co.uk/buy/saxenda

3. How Saxenda Works  [cited 12/08/21] Available at:  https://www.saxenda.com/about-saxenda/how-it-works.html

Author: Gemma Boak

Medically reviewed by: Superintendent pharmacist Margaret Hudson BSc(Hons)MRPharmS 04/10/21

What’s the Best Dose of Saxenda for Weight Loss Management?

Posted 30 March 2021 in Saxenda Weight Loss Articles, Weight Loss

How Saxenda weight loss pens aid weight loss


A pair of jeans with a tape measure around the waistHere we talk through appetite suppressant Saxenda and how long you can expect to wait before you see weight loss results.

Using Saxenda weight loss pens as part of a weight loss management plan that includes a calorie-controlled diet and exercise can help in the long term if you struggle to keep weight off. 

It works in the same way as the hormone glucagon-like-peptide (GLP-1) to regulate your appetite. This way you’ll feel fuller for longer and be able to resist snacking between meals or overeating - a contributing factor to obesity.[1] 

Saxenda dose – getting it right

Taking Saxenda can help you lose weight and keep it off, but this does require long-term commitment.

You begin by increasing the Saxenda dose by 0.6mg over the first four weeks so that from week five you’ll take the full 3mg dose (but no more). The pens are all pre-filled too, making it easier to use the correct dose.

For example:

Week 1: 0.6mg once daily for 7 days

Week 2: 1.2mg once daily for 7 days

Week 3: 1.8mg once daily for 7 days

Week 4: 2.4mg once daily for 7 days

Week 5 onwards: 3.0mg once daily

It’s important to follow this escalated Saxenda dosage to minimise any side effects and allow your body to adjust. The most common side effect is nausea affecting more than 1 out of 10 people, however, this should go away after a few days or weeks.[2]

Once you reach the full 3mg dose, you should keep going with this until your treatment ends.

Then, by week 16 you should have lost at least 5% of your total body weight – if you have, you can continue taking it. If not, it’s advised you discontinue as it may not be the right solution for you.[3]

Frustrated by slow progress?

Many people who take Saxenda give up before 16 weeks as they don’t see fast results, but it’s important to be aware that it takes time and your full commitment.[4]

Obesity is a complicated condition with over 100 different contributing factors of which many are out of your control.[5] It may be a frustrating and slow journey to embark on, but by keeping up your diet, exercise and Saxenda treatment you’ll see long-term benefits.

Why you should keep going (and when to stop)

Obesity can reduce your life expectancy by between 3 and 10 years, depending on the severity.[6] It can also cause serious complications like type 2 diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.

But, by losing even a small amount of weight (for example 3%) you can significantly reduce the risk of these complications.[7]

Taking Saxenda for the full 16-week duration (or more) will increase your chances of losing weight and keeping it off…

In a study of people taking Saxenda, 3/5 achieved weight loss of 5% or more and 1/3 achieved more than 10% weight loss.[8]

However, it’s worth noting that you should stop treatment if you can’t stand the side effects as you increase the dose.


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References
  1. https://www.saxenda.com/about-saxenda/how-it-works.html
  2. pil.2313.pdf (medicines.org.uk)
  3. Saxenda® (liraglutide) dosing information | Novo Nordisk
  4. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obesity/
  5. https://www.obesityuk.org.uk/what-is-obesity
  6. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obesity/
  7. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obesity/
  8. https://www.saxenda.com/about-saxenda/benefits-of-saxenda.html
  9. Author: Gemma Boak

    Medically reviewed by: Superintendent pharmacist Margaret Hudson BSc(Hons)MRPharmS 30/05/21







Saxenda Side Effects | Saxenda before and after

Posted 2 March 2021 in Saxenda Weight Loss Articles, Weight Loss

A happy couple showing their weight loss in over-sized jeans

Saxenda side effects before and after?

Like all medicines, Saxenda can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

The most common adverse events experienced with Saxenda are gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.

The 4-week dose-escalation schedule was designed to minimise GI symptoms and most GI symptoms are mild to moderate and transient . (1)

What if I feel sick?

If you experience any nausea, it is advisable to eat smaller meals, stop eating when full and to make sure that you follow the dose escalation schedule.

What if I have diarrhoea or an upset stomach?

You may experience diarrhoea or constipation. In both cases it is very important to stay well hydrated. You can drink lots of fluids, such as water or squash – take small sips if you feel sick but do not have fruit juice or fizzy drinks as they can make diarrhoea worse.

If the diarrhoea persists then you can buy either oral rehydration sachets you mix with water to make a drink or medicine to stop diarrhoea for a few hours (like loperamide) from your local pharmacy. (2)

What if I am constipated?

To relieve constipation drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol, increase the fibre in your diet or add some wheat bran, oats or linseed to your diet. A daily walk or run can help you too as well as contributing to your weight loss! (3)

How do I prevent indigestion?

Indigestion can be remedied by cutting down on tea, coffee, cola or alcohol. Also, propping your head and shoulders up in bed can stop stomach acid coming up while you sleep.

Try to eat 3 to 4 hours before going to bed and avoid rich, spicy or fatty foods.

Avoid taking ibuprofen or aspirin as this can make indigestion worse. If you smoke, cutting down can help too.

If you are still suffering, then your local pharmacy can help with medicines that help reduce acid in your stomach, such as antacids and proton pump inhibitors (like Omeprazole 10mg). (4)

Some indigestion medicines are best taken after eating as their effects last longer. Check the information leaflet that comes with the medicines for more information.

What if I can’t sleep?

If you experience insomnia, then you can try changing your bedtime routine.

Try going to bed and waking up at the same time every day and only go to bed when you feel tired. Relax at least 1 hour before bed by taking a bath or reading a book. Make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet by using thick curtains, black out blinds, wearing an eye mask or ear plugs.

Exercising regularly during the day will help and make sure that you are comfortable in bed. (5)

What if I’m showing signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)?

Early signs of a low blood sugar level include:

  • sweating
  • feeling tired
  • dizziness
  • feeling hungry
  • tingling lips
  • feeling shaky or trembling
  • a fast or pounding heartbeat (palpitations)
  • becoming easily irritated, tearful, anxious or moody
  • turning pale

If you experience any of the above then have a snack that contains a slow-release carbohydrate, such as a slice of bread or toast, a banana or a glass of cows' milk.

For a full range of potential side-effects visit https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.2313.pdf

However, most people only experience very mild side-effects that last only a short time as your body gets used to Saxenda and some people don’t have any at all.


Other Saxenda side effects

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people

Problems affecting the stomach and intestines, such as indigestion (dyspepsia), inflammation in the lining of the stomach (gastritis), stomach discomfort, upper stomach pain, heartburn, feeling bloated, wind (flatulence), belching and dry mouth

  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Changed sense of taste
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia). This usually occurs the first 3 months of treatment
  • Gallstones
  • Injection site reactions (such as bruising, pain, irritation, itching and rash)
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). - The warning signs of low blood sugar may come on suddenly and can include: cold sweat, cool pale skin, headache, fast heartbeat, feeling sick, feeling very hungry, changes in vision, feeling sleepy, feeling weak, being nervous, being anxious, confusion, difficulty concentrating and shaking (tremor). Your doctor will tell you how to treat low blood sugar and what to do if you notice these warning signs. increase of pancreatic enzymes, such as lipase and amylase which may lead to pancreatitis (Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people) .
  • Loss of fluids (dehydration). This is more likely to occur at the start of treatment and may be due to being sick (vomiting), feeling sick (nausea) and diarrhoea
  • Inflamed gall bladder
  • Allergic reactions including skin rash
  • Feeling generally unwell
  • Faster pulse - Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people.
  • Reduced kidney function - Acute kidney failure. Signs may include reduction in urine volume, metallic taste in mouth and easily bruising.
  • Worried about Saxenda side effects before and after?

    To ensure Saxenda is suitable for you, we offer a free online consultation which is reviewed by our Doctors. Call Phone 0161 491 1899 if you have concerns or want to discuss Saxenda side effects with our pharmacy team.



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References

  1. Novo Nordisk Limited. Saxenda Summary of Product Characteristics [cited 2nd March 2021] https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/2313#gref
  1. NHS diarrhoea and vomiting [cited 2nd March 2021] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diarrhoea-and-vomiting/
  1. NHS Constipation [cited 2nd March 2021] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/constipation/
  1. NHS Indigestion [cited 2nd March 2021] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/indigestion/
  1. NHS. Insomnia [cited 2nd March 2021] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/insomnia/
  1. NHS. Hypoglycaemia [cited 2nd March 2021] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/low-blood-sugar-hypoglycaemia/

    Author: Gemma Boak

    Medically reviewed by: Superintendent pharmacist Margaret Hudson BSc(Hons)MRPharmS 02/03/21






Are you buying fake medicines online?

Posted 27 February 2021 in Erectile Dysfunction, Men's Health, Sexual Health, Weight Loss

We have all become familiar with the great convenience and ease of buying goods online but what about when it comes to medicines?

Buying medicines online, in the comfort of your own home, without having to take time off work or interrupt your busy schedule to visit your GP is a service we would all like to access. It becomes even more attractive if the nature of your treatment is for sensitive or intimate conditions.

How do you know if you are buying genuine medicines from a reputable registered seller?

ED to the left and STI's to the right

It is illegal to buy any prescription only medicine unless a doctor has written a prescription specifically for you.

More importantly, if a website or indeed any supplier is willing to sell you a prescription only medicine without a prescription then these unscrupulous dealers do not have any concerns about the dire consequences of supplying you fake, potentially harmful medicines.

Fake medicines range from being useless to highly dangerous as they often contain the wrong amount of active ingredient or a completely different ingredient to the one advertised. Some fake medicines have even been found to contain highly toxic substances such as rat poison, lead paint, floor wax and printer ink. The medicines may be made in dirty factories with no quality control and so the person taking the counterfeit medicine may find they are putting their health, even their life, at risk. These fake medicines may look identical to the genuine article and are often packaged to a high standard, making it very difficult to tell the difference.

The  World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 1 per cent of medicines available in the developed world are likely to be counterfeit. This figure rises to 10 per cent globally, but in some areas of Asia, Africa and Latin America counterfeit goods can form up to 30 per cent of the market.

This does not mean that all websites which sell medicines are doing so illegally or without a prescription but it’s very important to be sure that the website that YOU are using is selling genuine medicines from a UK regulated and registered pharmacy.

How can you check that the website you want to use to obtain medicines is a legitimate online pharmacy?

All websites selling prescription medication in England should be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who are a government appointed independent regulator of health and social care.

CQC Regulated LogoAll fully approved and regulated websites should have a clickable link that will take you to the CQC register to show that they are compliant.


All medicines must be supplied from a pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). 

If you are thinking of obtaining medicines from an online pharmacy, we would advise you to check if the website is legitimately registered by looking for the General Pharmaceutical Council, GPhC, voluntary logo. 

We would then recommend that you click on the logo which should take you through to that particular pharmacy’s entry on the GPhC register.

All websites operating in the UK, but outside of England, must be registered with the CQC equivalent body in each country: Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, and Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (Northern Ireland).

How does the logo work?

All pharmacies in Great Britain, including those providing internet services, must be registered with the GPhC and meet their standards for registered pharmacies.

GPhC Registered Pharmacy logo
 
The GPhC operates a voluntary internet pharmacy logo scheme to provide reassurance to patients and the public that they are purchasing medicines online from registered pharmacies who have to meet GPhC standards.

Therefore, anybody buying medicines from an online pharmacy can check if the pharmacy is legitimately registered by clicking on the logo or going directly to the GPhC website and searching their online register.

The EU common logo is a legal requirement across Europe that applies to all retailers of medicines whilst the GPhC voluntary logo is applicable only to UK registered pharmacies.

What other checks can be made?

You should be able to easily find the name and address of the pharmacy operating the website, as an online supplier who conceals its physical address is a warning sign that their products could be dangerous. The WHO estimates that 50 per cent of medicines available from such websites are counterfeit.

You should avoid websites which offer to supply prescription only medicines without a prescription as registered pharmacies are required to check that a medicine is suitable for a patient before selling it. Therefore, if you are not asked to provide information about your health before making a purchase then you would be wise to go elsewhere.

When you order any medication from our UK registered and regulated pharmacy you can be assured that you are doing so safely, legally and discreetly.

WebMed Pharmacy Ltd, a fully approved and Regulated UK Pharmacy (https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/registers/pharmacy/registrationnumber/9011118), only supplies medicines from a MHRA accredited wholesaler. You can confidently order from us, knowing that you can complete an online medical questionnaire in the comfort of your own home and if suitable can be prescribed by our GMC regulated doctor.

Webmed Pharmacy specialises in treatments where patients may feel embarrassed or awkward talking to their GP or simply find it difficult to get an appointment or don’t want to take time off work. We provide a confidential, discreet next working day delivery, of your chosen medicine, within a 1 hour time slot to the vast majority of postcodes in the UK or New Click & Collect from a store near you, with a choice of 4,500+ stores nationwide.

Quick easy links to our most popular pages with the confidence of knowing we are a fully approved and regulated pharmacy, only supplying UK sourced medication:

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