FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS SAXENDA?
Saxenda is an FDA-approved medication for chronic weight management. It works best when combined with a low-calorie diet and regular physical activity. Saxenda is administered as a daily injection. It comes as a multi-dose injection pen with five different doses ranging from 0.6 mg (starting dose) to 3 mg (target dose). Saxenda is currently only approved for use in adults with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher. It is also suitable for adults with a BMI of 27 kg/m2 who have at least one weight-related health condition (like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol). Since 2020, the FDA has expanded Saxenda's approval to teenagers aged 12 and up with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher and weighing at least 132 lbs (60 kg).
WILL I LOSE WEIGHT WITH SAXENDA INJECTIONS?
Weight loss may fluctuate from week to week while taking Saxenda. This is perfectly normal. Weight loss of 1-2 pounds (roughly 0.5 to 1kg) per week is typical. As long as you're not experiencing any strong or severe side effects, stick to the suggested dosage increase schedule up to the maximum dose of 3mg per day. It should be noted that any treatment involving Saxenda® injections should be combined with a low-calorie diet and increased physical activity. This has been shown to result in the greatest weight loss in 16 weeks.
DO THE INJECTIONS HAVE TO BE DONE BY MY DOCTOR?
Saxenda® is a self-injectable medicine that comes in the form of a prefilled pen. Before you use Saxenda® for the first time, your doctor must show you how to inject it. Consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions or do not understand the instructions. You can also refer to the full Patient Instructions for Use included with the Medication Guide for more information on how to use your Saxenda® pen correctly.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO AVOID FEELING NAUSEOUS WHEN TAKING SAXENDA?
Nausea is the most common side effect when first starting Saxenda®, but it usually goes away as the body adjusts to the medication. If you start to experience nausea, you may want to consider eating bland, low-fat foods, like crackers, toast, and rice. Or eat foods that contain plenty of water, like soups and gelatin. It is also recommended that you avoid lying down after you eat. Go outdoors for fresh air as soon as you start to feel nauseous and remember to stick to the dosing schedule, which is designed to reduce the likelihood of gastrointestinal symptoms.
WHAT KIND OF DIET SHOULD I STICK TO WHILE TAKING SAXENDA?
Behavior modification is an important aspect of weight loss. Understanding your relationship with food, learning how to deal with cravings, and sticking to an eating plan, for example, are all important factors in successfully losing weight and keeping it off in the long run.
Reduce your calorie intake by 500 calories per day to boost your weight loss with Saxenda. This can be accomplished by eliminating certain foods (such as sugars and fats) or reducing portion size.