Saxenda Dosage For Weight Loss

Saxenda Dosage For Weight Loss

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Saxenda Dosage For Weight Loss

What Is Saxenda?

Saxenda Dosage For Weight Loss (Liraglutide Saxenda Dose) is a prescription-only, once daily weight loss injection, licensed to treat those with obesity (saxenda dosing, BMI of above 30) or who are overweight (BMI of above 27 with additional weight related comorbidities).

Saxenda Dosing

It contains the medicine liraglutide. Use the prescribed saxenda dose alongside a healthy and balanced diet and exercise to aid weight loss.

How Does Saxenda Dose Work?

Liraglutide, a hormone similar to GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1), is the active ingredient in Saxenda. The intestines release this appetite hormone after a meal to help regulate hunger. Liraglutide helps to reduce your appetite and makes you feel fuller, which may lead to you consuming fewer calories and therefore losing weight. When paired with a low-calorie diet and regular exercise, this treatment can help you to lose weight and keep it off.

How Long Does Each Saxenda Pen Last?

We recommend following the manufacturers guidelines when starting Saxenda. Each pen holds 18mg and you can dial it to deliver these doses: 0.6mg, 1.2mg, 1.8mg, 2.4mg, and 3.0mg.

Follow the following dosing schedule:

  • Week 1 – 0.6mg each day
  • Week 2 – 1.2mg each day
  • Week 3 – 1.8mg each day
  • Week 4 – 2.4mg each day
  • Week 5 and onwards – 3mg each day

If you are taking Saxenda for the first time, then you will require 3 pens for the first month, and that is when you are likely to see any benefit.

After that, and once you have reached the 3.0mg dose, each pen will last for 6 days. At this point you will need a box of 5 pens every 30 days.

How Do You Take Saxenda Dosing?

Saxenda is a once-daily injection. You can inject it into your stomach area, upper leg or upper arm. Never inject into a vein or muscle. You can administer it at any time of day, regardless of meal times.

The following are the 6 easy steps to administer your Saxenda pen:

  • Check your medication Check the name and coloured label of your pen to make sure that it contains Saxenda® Pull off the pen cap. Look through the pen window to check that the solution is clear and colourless. If the solution looks cloudy, do not use the pen.
  • Attach a new needle Pull off the paper tab from a new needle. Screw the needle straight and tightly onto your Saxenda® pen. Pull off both needle caps – keep the outer needle cap for later.
  • Before the first injection with each new Saxenda® pen, or if you drop the pen, check the flow. Hold the pen with the needle pointing up. Turn the dose selector until the ‘flow check’ symbol lines up with the pointer. Press the dose button until 0 mg lines up with the pointer. A drop of Saxenda® should appear at the needle tip.
  • Select your dose Turn the dose selector to select the dose you need (0.6 mg, 1.2 mg, 1.8 mg, 2.4 mg, or 3.0 mg). If you select a wrong dose by mistake, turn the dose selector backwards or forwards to select the right dose.
  • Inject your dose Press your Saxenda pen onto your skin. Press the dose button until 0 mg lines up with the pointer. Keep the dose button pressed down and leave the needle under the skin for at least 6 seconds. Ensure that you have injected the full dose.
  • Remove needle after your injection Guide the needle into the outer needle cap. When covering the needle, push the outer needle cap on completely with care. Unscrew the needle and dispose of it carefully. Put the pen cap back on.
    You can read the Patient Information Leaflet which has more detail on how to use your Saxenda® pen, including advice on how to care for pens.

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