Below we take an in-depth look at Saxenda to see who could access this prescription only weight loss injection, and how it might benefit consumers.
Saxenda is not a solution for everyone, and it will be available for only a small number of people, due to its restricted status as a prescription medication for people over a high BMI threshold. There are also a lot of restrictions on who should not use Saxenda for health reasons. There is clinical support to show that it does act as an effective appetite suppressant, and that it can aid with long term weight loss.
There is no money-back guarantee available on Saxenda, and it is currently only available in the United States. It may become available in other countries in the near future, but this depends more on the controls on drugs and medications in individual countries, rather than the manufacturers alone.
There is a long list of side effects that could occur, but as the product is prescription-only, it will only be prescribed if suitable for the individual. Again, as it is a prescription only product, patients should receive regular check-ups with their doctor, and should be given detailed information and training about how to administer the product, and what to do if side effects occur.
For a full list of side effects please see below.
For anyone who has no medical insurance or whose insurance does not cover prescription weight loss aids such as Saxenda, this product can be very expensive, costing around $1000 a month. This is obviously prohibitively expensive! Even with some health insurance companies covering some of the cost, reducing the price down to just under $400 a month, many will find this weight loss medication prohibitively expensive.
For the majority of dieters, Saxenda simply isn’t an option due to the three big restrictions on its use; it is only available for clinically obese patients, it has a long list of restrictions based upon the patient’s health and medical history, and finally, it is prohibitively expensive, even when the cost is partially covered by health insurance (and even this is not guaranteed).
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Back in December 2014, a drug that was originally used to treat type 2 diabetes was given the approval by the FDA to be used to treat obesity. This drug is called liraglutide, but is marketed as Victoza when used to treat diabetes, and as Saxenda, when used to treat obesity.
Saxenda is an appetite suppressant that is injected daily. It is self-administered, and patients will be taught how to self-inject when they first get the prescription from their doctor.
Directions for use are as follows: Inject your dose of Saxenda® under the skin (subcutaneous injection) in your stomach area (abdomen), upper leg (thigh), or upper arm, as instructed by your health care professional. Do not inject into a vein or muscle. Never share your Saxenda® pen or needles with another person. You may give an infection to them, or get an infection from them.
Saxenda is manufactured by Novo Nordisk, a Danish multinational pharmaceutical company. They have offices in 75+ countries; the contact details for their USA office (the only country where Saxenda is sold at the time of writing) are available at the bottom of the Saxenda official website. The US office is based in New Jersey.
The official Saxenda website references a study that took place over the course of a year, comparing two groups, one taking Saxenda, and one taking a placebo.
Along with a low-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity, some people in a medical study lost nearly 2.5 times more weight with Saxenda® versus placebo (17.3 lb vs 7 lb). Study participants had an average starting weight of 234 lb and an average body mass index (BMI) of 38. On average, 27% of people on Saxenda® and 34% on placebo did not complete the study. In the study, 62% of patients on Saxenda® lost ?5% of their body weight (vs 34% placebo) and 34% lost ?10% body weight (vs 15% placebo). Significant weight loss was only evaluated at 56 weeks, as per study design.
The manufacturers of Saxenda state that:
Saxenda® is an FDA-approved, prescription injectable medicine that, when used with a low-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity, may help some adults with excess weight who also have weight-related medical problems (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes), or obesity, to lose weight and keep it off.
Saxenda is only going to be prescribed to people who meet the criteria for BMI and the health restrictions based upon possible interactions and side effects. Doctors may also be less likely to prescribe this option to patients who seem unwilling to make lifestyle changes as well- Saxenda is an appetite suppressant, and so should be considered as a tool to make sticking to a low calorie diet plan easier, as it will reduce the consumer’s hunger.
Anyone who is not willing to change their diet to match their newly reduced appetite will not lose any weight, making Saxenda a huge waste of money. However, for anyone who does make significant changes to their diet and activity levels, and who does not develop any serious side effects whilst using the injection, Saxenda appears to be a good (but incredibly expensive) way of enhancing weight loss efforts.
This is supported by both a clinical trial and the numerous testimonies above. Consumers have reported losing staggering amounts of weight; this will vary immensely, depending upon the starting weight of the consumer, the other lifestyle changes they make, as well as their susceptibility to Saxenda, but generally, results are very positive when the right effort is put in alongside the injections.
The active ingredient in Saxenda is called liraglutide (rDNA origin). It appears to act as an appetite suppressant and stimulates insulin secretion in the body.
As Saxenda is a prescription weight loss aid, the FDA has a lot more control over what information the manufacturers need to provide the consumer with. Therefore, the official Saxenda page has a long section dedicated to the potential side effects that could occur whilst taking Saxenda.
Common side effects of Saxenda® include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), vomiting, headache, decreased appetite, upset stomach, tiredness, dizziness, stomach pain, and changes in enzyme (lipase) levels in your blood. Nausea is most common when first starting Saxenda®, but decreases over time in most people as their body gets used to the medicine. Tell your health care professional if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Below are the more serious side effects that can develop whilst taking Saxenda. Seek medical attention if any of the below listed side effects occur.
Caution: Not suitable for pregnant women, or women who are planning to become pregnant. Not suitable for breastfeeding women. Do not use if you or any of your family members have a history of medullary thyroid cancer. Do not use if you have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2) (This is a disease where people have tumors in more than one gland in their body).
Do not use if you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the ingredients in Saxenda®. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, fainting or feeling dizzy, very rapid heartbeat, problems breathing or swallowing, and severe rash or itching. Talk with your health care professional if you are not sure if you have any of these conditions.
There are numerous customer reviews for Saxenda on drugs.com. Consumers who have reviewed this product have been taking it under the supervision of their doctor, with regular check-ups. Side effects appear to be relatively common, but mostly mild, and these are minimized by taking a small starting dose, and working up to the full dose over a period of several weeks.
I have been taking Saxenda for a month and today i weighed in and im happy to report that ive lost a total of 26 pounds. This medicine is excellent!! I put myself on 1350 calories a day but i have to force myself to eat at least 700 calories a day. I give myself the shot at night because i was told i would have less nausea during the day. It use to make me very tired during the day but now i barely have any side effects besides the dry mouth. Finally something that works for me…
i have only been on saxenda for 1 week and have to say was dubious at the start mainly because of the outlay of $387 and what if it didnt work. Well i am happy to say so far it has the thumbs up. I started out with the minimal dose of .6 and each week this increases eg..week1 .6 week 2 1.2 then 1.8, 2.4 and finally by week 5 you are at a dose rate of 3.0. So really 1 script will last about 6 weeks as u arent on the full dose. if i was to be honest at starting week 2 i didnt feel the need to increase to the 1.2 but i did, and if at the end of week 2 i feel i dont need to go to the to 1.8 then i wont. So after my 1st week i have lost 4.2pounds or 1.9kg and 27cms of the parts i measured so happy so far with the results will keep u posted.
I have been on the starting dose for 6 days. Going to 1.2 tomorrow. I have lost 9 pounds which I am sure some of that was initial water weight. Have not experienced any side effects yet, except a headache the first day. I dose at night based on suggestions of others I read before starting. I agree with many comments that you feel very full so you eat less. I am doing a diabetic diet, watching my carbs and eating lean meat, fresh fruit and vegetables and smaller amounts of low fat dairy. This drug is a tool and I find it helps me to not over eat or snack. The shots are very easy and you cannot feel them at all. Just getting started and have a long road ahead as I want to lose 80 pounds. It will help me stick to it!
I am on my second month of that Saxenda and the biggest thing I noticed is the lack of hunger. I take my injection around 2:00pm which is the time of my daily energy slump. I have lost 12 lbs so far, it is the easiest weight loss tool ever. It is expensive if you don’t have insurance.
There is no money-back guarantee offered for this prescription medication. The product may be covered in selected insurance programs, and so could be available at a reduced cost or for free.
For anyone without insurance, the price of Saxenda is definitely steep! A month’s supply of the weight loss injections cost about $1000.
More specifically, drugs.com estimate that 15 milliliters of Saxenda cost ‘from’ $1232.39. As the daily dosage varies between individuals and over the course of using the product (as it is increased slowly over time to minimize side effects), it is unclear how long 15 ml will last for. Some reviewers have stated that it lasts 6 weeks for them, because they are using a lower dose.
Anyone who is prescribed Saxenda should check to see if their medical insurance covers Saxenda, as weight loss options are covered by some companies and insurance schemes, but not by others. One reviewer noted that she spent $387 for a month’s supply, but was initially hesitant because of the high price. It appears that her medical insurance covered the rest of the cost of the product.
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