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Saxenda instore consultation (Free)

Saxenda instore consultation (Free)

Saxenda injection is indicated as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet, and increased physical activity, for weight management in adult patients who are:

  • Obese, i.e. a body mass index (BMI) greater or equal to 30kg/m², or
  • Overweight (BMI ≥ 27kg/m² to <30 kg/m²) with associated risk factors such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, or hypercholesterolaemia

Following a successful consultation, a supply can be made. Our experienced pharmacist will train you on how to use saxenda, explain the benefits of losing weight and work with you to set goals!

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What is Saxenda and what is it used for?

Saxenda is a brand name for a prescription medication called liraglutide that can be supplied at Star pharmacy, under a patient group direction by our very own pharmacist. It is used for chronic weight management in adults, aged 18-75, who are obese or who are overweight and have at least one weight-related condition for example type 2 diabetes.

Treatment with Saxenda can be continued if the patient has lost at least 5% of their initial body weight after 12 weeks treatment on the 3mg/day maintenance dose (i.e. 16 weeks from initiation)

It’s an injectable medication that mimics a hormone called glucagon-like-peptide-1 (GLP-1) to help regulate appetite and food intake.

As with any medication, it is vital to use Saxenda under the guidance of a healthcare professional, as it may come with potential side effects. Lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet and exercise are recommended alongside its use for maximum results. If you are eligible and think you would benefit from Saxenda, then please book an appointment to speak to one of our trained staff.

How does Saxenda work?

Saxenda, which contains the active ingredient liraglutide, works by mimicking the action of a hormone called glucagon- like peptide-1 in the body.

Saxenda works by:

  • Appetite Regulation: GLP-1 is a hormone that naturally occurs in the body and helps regulate appetite and food intake. Liraglutide, the active ingredient in Saxenda, acts similarly to GLP-1. This leads to reduced feelings of fullness or satiety.
  • Slows gastric emptying: Liraglutide also slows down the emptying of the stomach, which can contribute to a feeling of fullness and delay the return of hunger after a meal.
  • Regulates blood sugar: It can also help regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin release when blood sugar is high and decreasing the production of glucagon, a hormone that increases blood sugar levels.
  • Promotes weight loss: By reducing appetite, increasing feelings of fullness, and potentially impacting how the body manages glucose. Saxenda can contribute to weight loss in individuals who are overweight or obese.

How to take Saxenda?

Saxenda must only be administered by subcutaneous injection. It must not be administered intravenously or intramuscularly.

Saxenda can be injected in the abdomen, thigh, or the upper arm.

Saxenda should be administered once daily. It is preferred that Saxenda is injected around the same time of the day.

The starting dose is 0.6mg daily

The dose should be increased to 3mg daily in increments of 0.6mg, with at least one week intervals to improve gastro-intestinal tolerability. Daily doses higher than 3mg are not recommended.

Provided that you have lost at least 5% of your original body weight after 12 weeks treatment with Saxenda at the 3mg/day dose (i.e. 16 weeks after initiation), you can continue treatment at a dose of 3mg per day.

If you think you are eligible, please book an appointment to speak to one of our trained staff


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