Saxenda Pre-Filled Pen
Saxenda is a weight loss medicine that contains the active ingredient Liraglutide. It is similar to a natural occurring hormone called GLP-1 that is released from the intestine after a meal. Saxenda works by acting on receptors in the brain that control your appetite, causing you to feel fuller and less hungry. This may help you eat less food and reduce your body weight.
Saxenda is used for weight loss in addition to diet and exercise in adults aged 18 and above who have a BMI of 30 or greater (obese) or a BMI of 27 and less than 30 (overweight) and weight related health problems (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal levels of fats in the blood, or breathing problems during sleep called obstructive sleep apnoea).
BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measure of your weight in relation to your height. You should only continue using Saxenda if you have lost at least 5% of your initial body weight after 12 weeks on the 3 mg/day dose. Consult your doctor before you continue. Your doctor will start you on a diet and exercise programme. Stay on this programme while you are using Saxenda.
The active substance is Liraglutide. 1 ml solution for injection contains 6 mg Liraglutide. One pre-filled pen contains 18 mg Liraglutide.
The other ingredients are Disodium Phosphate Dihydrate, Propylene Glycol, Phenol, Hydrochloric Acid and Sodium Hydroxide (for pH adjustment), and water for injections.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Always read the enclosed leaflet before using. Do not take if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using Saxenda or if you are taking any other medication. There is little to no experience with this medicine in patients with heart failure. It is not recommended if you have severe heart failure. There is little experience with this medicine in patients over 75 years old. It is not recommended if you are aged 75 or older. There is little experience with this medicine in patients with kidney problems. If you have kidney disease or are on dialysis, consult your doctor. There is little experience with this medicine in patients with liver problems. If you have liver problems, consult your doctor. 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.
People with diabetes- if you have diabetes, do not use Saxenda as a replacement for insulin. Inflammation of the pancreas -talk to your doctor if you have or have had a disease of the pancreas. Inflamed gall bladder and gallstones- if you lose substantial weight, you are at a risk of gallstones and thereby inflamed gall bladder. Stop taking Saxenda and contact a doctor immediately if you experience severe pain in your upper abdomen, usually worst on the right side under the ribs. The pain may be felt through to your back or right shoulder. Thyroid disease- if you have thyroid disease including thyroid nodules and enlargement of the thyroid gland, consult your doctor. Heart rate- talk to your doctor if you have palpitations (you feel aware of your heartbeat) or if you have feelings of a racing heartbeat while at rest during Saxenda treatment. Loss of fluid and dehydration – when starting treatment with Saxenda, you may lose body fluid or become dehydrated. This may be due to feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting) and diarrhoea. It is important to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.
Children and adolescents- Saxenda should not be used in children and adolescents under 18 years of age. This is because the effects of this medicine have not been studied in this age group.
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