Here we talk through appetite suppressant Saxenda and
how long you can expect to wait before you see weight loss results.
How Saxenda aids weight loss
Saxenda 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.
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.
Saxenda dose – getting it right
Saxenda can help you lose weight and keep it off, but this does require
begin by increasing the 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.
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
important to follow this escalated 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
you reach the full 3mg dose, you should keep going with this until your
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.
Frustrated by slow progress?
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.
is a complicated condition with over 100 different contributing factors of
which many are out of your control. 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
can reduce your life expectancy by between 3 and 10 years, depending on the
severity. It can also cause serious
complications like type 2 diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.
by losing even a small amount of weight (for example 3%) you can significantly
reduce the risk of these complications.
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
it’s worth noting that you should stop treatment if you can’t stand the side
effects as you increase the dose.
MORE INFORMATION ON
- pil.2313.pdf (medicines.org.uk)
- Saxenda® (liraglutide) dosing information | Novo Nordisk