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How long will I stay on Saxenda Weight Loss Pens?

Saxenda-Weight-Loss Pen-UK, Saxenda Weight Loss Pen-UKSaxenda is administered once daily.

How much Saxenda do I need and how long should I stay on it?

Saxenda is a pre-filled injection pen.

Once you begin your Saxenda course, a single pen should last around 16 days and five pens should last around six weeks.

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.

Saxenda UK Dose

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 Saxenda.

How long can you continue taking Saxenda UK (1)

When you reach week 16 (or 12 weeks on the full dose), your healthcare professional will assess if Saxenda UK is working for you.

At that point, if you have reached a weight loss of 5% or more (at least 4% of the BMI in adolescents), it's a good indicator that your body is responding well to treatment and you should continue Saxenda®.

If you haven't achieved at least 5% weight loss (at least 4% of the BMI in adolescents), you and your healthcare professional should stop Saxenda UK and revisit your weight management plan or treatment options.



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