FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM SAXENDA INJECTIONS?
Saxenda® (liraglutide) injection 3 mg is indicated for chronic weight management as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. It is currently suitable for patients such as:
- Adults with an initial BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher (obese) or 27 kg/m2 or higher (overweight) and at least one weight-related comorbid condition (eg, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, or dyslipidemia);
- Teenagers aged 12 and up with a body weight of more than 60 kg (132 lbs) and an initial BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher for adults (obese) according to international cut-offs.
HOW DO I APPLY THE INJECTIONS?
The injections are typically packaged in a 3ml pre-filled pen with 18mg of Saxenda. Each pen comes with the appropriate number of injection-ready needles. Saxenda is administered via a simple injection once a day, which you must apply yourself. The best areas for injection are those with the most fat, such as your tummy (but not within 2 inches of your belly button), the front of your thighs, or your upper arms. It is recommended that you rotate injection sites on a regular basis. Always exercise caution and avoid injecting into a blood vessel.
WHAT IF I SUFFER FROM ILLNESSES CONNECTED TO MY WEIGHT?
Weight loss has an impact on more than just your waistline. Losing weight and keeping it off do help improve conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. However, it is important to note that Saxenda® is not approved to treat high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Mostly because it is unknown if Saxenda® affects your risk of heart disease, stroke, or death from a heart attack. Saxenda® can increase your heart rate while you are at rest. So please let your doctor know before beginning the treatment if you currently have any conditions that could be affected by this.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH SAXENDA?
It is critical to discuss potential Saxenda side effects with your doctor ahead of time. He or she can offer advice on how to handle them and what to look for if there is a more serious problem.
Saxenda works by slowing the passage of food through the stomach. This can cause stomach upset, resulting in nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. It can also cause indigestion and pain in the abdomen. Most frequently, these stomach-related side effects occur when you first start taking Saxenda and when your dose is changed. That's the reason why your dose will typically be gradually increased over a period of weeks.
CAN I DRINK ALCOHOL WHILE TAKING SAXENDA?
We recommend that you limit your alcohol consumption while taking Saxenda. Saxenda works by delaying gastric emptying, which is the time it takes food to empty out of your stomach. As a result, you may find that alcohol affects you differently than usual. The effects of excessive alcohol consumption, such as nausea, vomiting, and headache, are also common Saxenda side effects. Combining the two would increase these symptoms as well. Limiting alcohol consumption also helps to reduce calorie intake, which aids in weight loss.
WHO IS GOING TO ADMINISTER THE SAXENDA® INJECTIONS AT STUDIOMD MENDHAM?
Dr. Ahwadesh Gupta is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician, licensed in New York, experienced in Internal Medicine office and hospital work, and with over ten years of experience in cosmetic procedures and weight loss medicine. His professional aesthetics skills include the performance of Botox, Fillers, and PRFM injections, Vampire Face Lifts, Breast Lifts, and the use of different cosmetic lasers. With Dr Gupta and team your Saxenda injections will be carried out with expertise and in the most attentive way possible.