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Saxenda is a prescription liraglutide injection, made by Novo Nordisk, which is used to aid weight loss. Saxenda is only available on prescription in the UK and cannot be bought over-the-counter. Our online prescribing service can take the hassle out of buying Saxenda online in the UK by assessing your suitability and issuing an online prescription if it is deemed appropriate.
Saxenda is licensed for weight loss in adults with a BMI greater than 30 kg/m² (obese) or people with a BMI of less than 30 kg/m² with weight-related health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a breathing condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea.
Saxenda may be prescribed to those with a BMI under 30 kg/m². When prescribed in this way, it is done so off-label. You can find out more about off-label use of medicines here.
Saxenda is most effective when taken alongside a low-calorie diet and an active lifestyle. It is usually prescribed when other treatments, such as Mysimba or Orlistat, have been unsuccessful.
Your doctor will provide a diet and exercise plan which you must follow while taking Saxenda. Failing to follow this plan can result in insufficient weight loss to continue treatment and hinder your weight loss potential. Weight loss is a journey which takes hard work, with or without the help of medication. Once you finish treatment with Saxenda, you should continue to eat healthily and get regular exercise to keep your weight off.
You can buy Saxenda online from Prescription Doctor's UK registered pharmacy, following an online consultation. Simply complete our straightforward medical form for our doctor to review.
Once your item has been approved by our online doctor, our UK based GPhC registered pharmacy will package your Saxenda order in discreet, plain packaging and dispatch it to your preferred UK address via a speedy next-day delivery.
When you buy Saxenda from Prescription Doctor's online UK pharmacy, we will send you:
We will provide you with a sufficient quantity of needles to last for the duration of the ordered Saxenda pens.
Dosages will be determined by your doctor. The typical starting dose is 0.6 mg. Your doctor will gradually increase your dosage of Saxenda by 0.6 mg each week until you reach the recommended dose of 3.0 mg once a day.
Please understand that the following is a guideline. Your doctor will need to monitor you while undergoing treatment with Saxenda. If they feel that increasing the dose is unsuitable - which may happen if a higher dose is not well tolerated - they will not progress the dosage further until they believe it is safe to do so.
1 Saxenda pen will last you for the first 17 days of treatment (starting from week 1).
You will need 3 pens as you gradually increase your dose through the first 4 weeks of treatments.
From week 5, once you are taking the 3mg dosage, 1x Saxenda pen will last you 6 days.
|Week number||Dosage (per day)||Quantity of pens||Quantity of needles|
|Week 1||0.6 mg||1 Saxenda Pen will last the first 2 weeks||~20 needles|
|Week 2||1.2 mg|
|Week 3||1.8 mg||2 Saxenda pens last the first 3 weeks||~30 needles|
|Week 4||2.4 mg||3 Saxenda pens last the first 4 weeks||~40 needles|
|Week 5||3.0 mg||4 Saxenda Pens last the first 5 weeks||~50 needles|
As the table shows above, you will need to buy 4 Saxenda pens to reach the optimum dosage of 3 mg per day. Once you reach the optimum dosage, a single Saxenda Pen will last 6 days.
1 month of treatment with Saxenda at the optimum dosage will require 5 Saxenda pens.
If you are already taking Saxenda, you can buy as many Saxenda pens as you think you will need online from Prescription Doctor's online UK pharmacy.
The active ingredient of Saxenda, liraglutide, is a GLP-1 receptor agonist. It mimics a natural occurring hormone in the body (GLP-1) which is released from the intestines following a meal.
GLP-1 triggers the pancreas to produce more insulin, which helps to reduce the amount of glucose in the blood. It also prevents the liver from making more glucose by reducing the production of a hormone called glucogen.
In the digestive tract, GLP-1 slows down the movement of food between the stomach and the intestines, resulting in a slower absorption rate of glucose from the intestines to the blood.
GLP-1 also affects the brain and suppresses appetite and causes a feeling of fullness. This makes you feel less hungry and thus you consume a fewer amount of calories.
Liraglutide, the active ingredient of Saxenda, has been observed to stimulate the secretion of insulin in people with pre-diabetes or diabetes, though this effect is less prominent in people who do not have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Moreover, liraglutide has been shown to reverse pre-diabetes and significantly reduce the severity of obstructive sleep apnoea.
These mechanisms work in tandem to aid weight loss.
Saxenda does not speed up the way your body burns calories, nor does it give you more energy to exercise.
Saxenda is administered via subcutaneous injection - an injection just below the skin - once a day.
It is important to administer the injection at the same time every day for Saxenda to be most effective.
Saxenda can be taken with or without food, however you may find it easier to remember to take it at the same time if you take Saxenda alongside a meal, such as breakfast.
Typical sites of injection include the abdomen, thigh and upper arm. You can change the site of the injection if you feel uncomfortable.
Do not administer Saxenda into a vein (intravenously) or into muscle (intramuscularly) - your doctor will show you how to safely inject yourself with Saxenda.
It is vital that a healthcare professional shows you how to use your Saxenda injector pen before you buy Saxenda online.
The video below demonstrates how to use the Saxenda pen.
1.) Remove the cap from the Saxenda pen. Look through the window of the Saxenda pen to ensure that the Saxenda inside is clear and colourless.
2.) Take a new needle and peel away the paper tab. Push the needle onto the Saxenda pen and turn it until it is tight.
3.) Check the flow of your saxenda pen by turning the dose selector clockwise (to the right) until you see the flow check symbol (··-). While holding the pen upright, so that the needle is pointing to the ceiling, press and hold the dose button. The dosage counter will return to 0 and a drop of Saxenda should appear at the tip of the needle. If no drop appears, you can repeat the flow check up to 6 times. If no no drop appears still, replace the needle and try the flow check again. If a drop still does not appear, safely discard of the pen and use a new Saxenda pen.
4.) Select the dose by turning the dose selector to the dose you need to inject. Double check the dosage pointer to ensure you have selected the right dosage before injecting Saxenda. If you turn the dosage meter too far, turn it back to the desired dose.
5.) Push the needle into the skin of an application site, such as the abdomen, thigh or upper arm. Do not inject into a vein or muscle. While holding the needle steady, press and hold the dose button. Once the dose counter reaches 0, keep holding the needle in the skin and slowly count to 6. Remove the needle from the skin by lifting it straight out of your skin. Avoid moving the needle when removing the needle to prevent bruising.
6.) After administering the dosage, cover the needle with the outer needle cap to prevent yourself from injury when removing the needle. With the outer needle cap affixed over the needle, unscrew the needle and dispose of it in a sharps bin. Speak to your doctor about how to safely dispose of your needles.
7.) Replace the cap of the Saxenda pen and store it in a refrigerator.
Before you use your Saxenda pen for the first time, you should store Saxenda in a refrigerator (between 2°C and 8°C).
Do not freeze Saxenda pens. Keep Saxenda away from the freezer compartment of your refrigerator.
Once you begin using the pen, you should keep the temperature of the pen below 30°C. You may continue to store your Saxenda pen in the fridge (between 2°C and 8°C), but do not freeze. Keep the pen away from the freezer compartment.
While the pen is not in use, the pen should be covered with the cap to protect the medicine from exposure to light.
Do not use the pen if the solution is cloudy. If you notice the solution in the pen is cloudy, discard of the Saxenda pen.
You should dispose of the Saxenda pen 30 days after the first use, regardless of whether it still contains Saxenda.
More information on how to store the pen can be found in the accompanying patient information leaflet which comes with your Saxenda pen.
More information on the usage and storage of Saxenda can be found here.
Saxenda uses hypodermic needles which require careful handling.
You should always use a new needle for every Saxenda injection to prevent contamination, infection, leakage and blocked needles which may lead to the wrong dose being administered.
Before you use the needle, inspect that the needle is not bent. If you encounter a bent needle, discard of the needle in a sharps container and use a new needle.
Needles are single use only and should be changed for each administration. Do not use the same needle twice.
Always store needles out of the sight and reach from children and pets.
You can buy additional needles for Saxenda pens online from our UK pharmacy. Keep in mind that when you buy Saxenda online from Prescription Doctor, we will provide you with a sufficient amount of needles to last the course of treatment you ordered.
Once you have used a needle to administer the dosage of Saxenda, put your used needle into a sharps bin.
When moving your sharps bin, you can close the temporary closure to avoid spillages. Be careful not to close the sharps bin fully if you will be using it again in the future.
When you have filled the sharps bin to the fill line, close the sharps bin fully. You should hear a click - this signals that the bin is permanently closed and ready for disposal.
Never overfill a sharps bin.
Always put used needles in a sharps bin.
Always store the sharps bin out of sight and reach from children and pets.
Never discard of a full sharps bin in your general waste bin or wheelie bin.
All medications carry the potential risk of side effects, though not everybody experiences them. It's important to understand the risks associated with your medication before you begin treatment. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.
Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Side effects listed above should go away on their own after a few days or weeks as your body adjusts to the medicine.
If your side effects do not subside after a few weeks of taking Saxenda, or are causing you distress, tell your doctor.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Saxenda can be found in the pamphlet enclosed with your treatment. Alternatively, you can view the patient information leaflet for Saxenda online here.
If you experience any side effects, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for advice.
Do not take Saxenda if you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the other excipients of this medicine.
If you experience an allergic reaction to Saxenda, cease taking the medicine and seek emergency medical attention.
Signs of an allergic reaction include:
Do not take Saxenda if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, planning on starting a family, or breastfeeding. It is not known how Saxenda affects the development of a child during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Always seek your doctor's advice before you buy Saxenda online in the UK.
Please inform our doctors if you have diabetes. Saxenda is contraindicated in people who take insulin or another GLP-1 receptor agonist for the treatment of diabetes. In patients with diabetes and taking insulin or sulfonylurea, Saxenda may increase your risk of hypoglycaemia. Saxenda is not a substitute for insulin.
Acute pancreatitis has been noticed in patients taking Saxenda. Signs of acute pancreatitis include abdominal pain, which may radiate to your back or feel worse after eating, fever, increased heart rate, nausea, vomiting and tenderness when touching the abdomen.
Please inform our Doctors if you have any thyroid issues as Saxenda may be unsuitable for you
Please inform our doctor of all medications you are currently taking, including those bought over-the-counter, including health supplements, or prescribed by your doctor.
While undergoing treatment with Saxenda, it is important to keep hydrated by drinking up to 8 glasses of water per day. Symptoms of dehydration include; dizziness, fast heartbeat, rapid breathing, sunken eyes, lack of energy and fainting.
Do not take Saxenda past the expiry date printed on the packaging.
Do not leave your pen in your car, or anywhere else where it may get too hot or too cold.
Do not attempt to inject Saxenda if any part of it has frozen.
Do not expose your pen to dust, dirt or liquid as this may damage the mechanism of the pen.
If you need to clean your Saxenda pen for whatever reason, use a mild detergent on a damp cloth and gently clean it.
Do not drop your pen, as this can damage the pen.
Saxenda pens are pre-filled and cannot be refilled or serviced. Do not attempt to dismantle or refill your Saxenda pen. Once you have used all of the Saxenda in your pen, discard of the used pen and use a new pen.
Never throw away Saxenda via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired Saxenda to your pharmacy and ask them to dispose of them safely on your behalf.
Always keep Saxenda pens, needles and sharp's containers out of the sight and reach from children and pets.
Never share your Saxenda pens or needles with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms as you.
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Simply taking Saxenda alone is not enough to help you lose weight. You should also make appropriate changes to your lifestyle in order to keep your weight off.
You should aim for 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, such as running, jogging, cycling or swimming.
An easy way to manage this is to aim for 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week.
It's important that you find an exercise which works for you - not only for your lifestyle, but for your weight and fitness level.
Build up the amount of exercise you do week by week before you find the right level for you. Don't try to push yourself too early. Not only can strenuous exercise result in injury, it can also affect you mentally and make you feel dissatisfied. Pace yourself - if you are comfortable running for 3 minutes, try running for 5 minutes. If you normally do 10 strokes in the pool, try 13 or 15 next time. Make gradual increases to the amount of activity you do.
If you feel you pushed yourself too far, dial it back to an amount you feel comfortable with. Always seek medical help if you experience pain or feel unwell while exercising.
Don't forget, increasing your activity level isn't limited to just going for a run around the park. You can do squats while you are waiting for the kettle to boil, do star jumps during the ad breaks of your favourite show, getting off a stop earlier than you would and walking the rest of the way, taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. These seemingly small changes can have a noticeable impact on your weight loss achievements.
If you are using a fitness tracker or app, don't get bogged down in the numbers. If you don't reach your target number of steps on a given day, for instance, aim to achieve the same goal another day.
Most importantly, find an exercise you enjoy and want to do. Getting involved with a sport can be great for your physical and mental health. Your activity won't feel like a chore and you will be surrounded with other people who are striving to live healthy and active lifestyles. Likewise, fitness classes can be great for socialising while on your weight loss journey.
Don't worry if some days you don't feel motivated to exercise. You can leave it out for the next day. You should also refrain from stranuous activity if you are feeling unwell. Take a break and come back to your activity when you feel you are ready.
Just like with exercise, making small and simple changes can help you achieve your weight loss targets.
Start by reducing the amount you eat, rather than cutting out food groups. The NHS recommend reducing your calorie intake by 600 calories a day. However, you should consult your doctor or a dietician before making drastic changes to the amount you eat.
Next, consider the plate method. Imagine your plate is split into even quarters. 2 quarters of your plate should consist of non-starchy vegetables, such as peas, carrots or broccoli. You can of course mix up different vegetables, for example sliced carrots and peas. 1 quarter of your plate should be filled with protein from lean meat, skinless poultry or seafood. The final quarter should consist of complex carbohydrates, such as brown rice or wholegrain pasta.
Snacking can greatly contribute to weight gain. To avoid the urge, eat meals at regular intervals throughout the day. Ideally, you should aim for 3 meals spread even apart from one another. This can help you to regulate how much you eat in a day and prevent cravings for foods.
If you do crave a snack later in the day, particularly if your evening meal is eaten later in the day, you should eat something healthy. Apples, carrots and celery are great for snacking on, as are small portions of nuts and seeds. Avoid snacks such as chocolate, biscuits, pastries and baked goods, such as cakes and doughnuts.
What you drink can also contribute to weight gain. Fizzy drinks, tea, coffee and fruit juices can contain high amount of sugar and subsequently calories. It's important to be aware of the sugar contents of what you drink. Check the label for the "carbohydrates of which sugars" and the kcal amount. In most cases, the calories will be visible on the front of the label. In tea and coffee, substitute sugar for artificial sweeteners, so long as you aren't sensitive to them.
Limiting or cutting out alcohol can also help you to lose weight. Alcoholic drinks often contain a high amount of calories but little to no nutritional value.
Consider having your diet reviewed by a dietician. They can help you identify areas of your diet which may require improvement, including your eating habits and also how you prepare and cook your meals.
The common side effects of Saxenda are nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhoea. While they usually reduce over time, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of side effects.
Firstly, it's important to administer Saxenda at the same time every day. If you find it difficult to remember when to take Saxenda, set a reminder on your phone or smart device.
Side effects such as diarrhoea and vomiting can dehydrate you. It's important to keep hydrated while taking Saxenda by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
You may find that your side effects become more prominant when you escalate your dosage. If you cannot tolerate the side effects, discuss your options with your doctor. Your dosage may need to be reduced. You should always follow the recommended dose escalation.
Negative thinking can impact your weight-loss journey, making it harder to lose weight. The negativity may be caused by how you view yourself, how you think others see you and your thought process when faced with these attitudes.
Identifying your attitudes towards eating and weight loss can help you keep your weight off in the long run.
Set yourself manageable and do-able goals and learn what you can do to make them more acheivable.
Create an environment for you which motivates positive attitudes towards healthy eating. Try to keep unhealthy snacks out of your house to prevent you from snacking on them. Keep healthy fruits in your house to snack on instead.
Surround yourself with positive people who motivate you - including family, friends or local weight loss support groups. If your mood drops, make sure you have someone to talk to and find out who you can speak to about your mental health, should you need it.
When you acheive a weight loss goal, it's easy to turn to an unhealthy snack as a reward. Swap this unhelpful option for something like an activity or a new item of clothing. If you reward yourself with unhealthy snacks, look at what you can swap them for.
As you continue your weight loss plan, you may find that you reach a plateau whereby you will find it harder to lose as much weight as you previously could. While this is completely normal, it can make you feel as if you are stuck and hit a brick wall.
Speak to your doctor if you reach a plateau. They can help you reach and maintain your ideal weight. Your diet and lifestyl may need to be reviewed to keep you on track.
During your weight loss journey, there may be changes to your lifestyle you wish to continue, such as keeping healthy snacks in the the house, engaging in a sport, keeping a food diary to track your eating habits or changing how you think about your diet. Keeping these habits can help you keep the weight off and prevent you from gaining the weight you lost.
If you forget to take Saxenda when you should, take it as soon as you remember.
If more than 12 hours have passed since your last injection, skip the dose you missed and continue to take Saxenda as you normally would.
Do not take more Saxenda to make up for the missed dose.
If you accidentally take too much Saxenda, speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
While alcohol is unlikely to interact with Saxenda, you should avoid or limit alcohol consumption while taking Saxenda.
Alcoholic beverages are high in calories and offer little nutritional value. Furthermore, alcohol may increase your risk of, or worsen, side effects of Saxenda such as nausea, vomiting and dizziness.
Saxenda should not impact your ability to drive or operate machinery.
However, if you experience any side effects which may impact your concentration, such as dizziness, you should refrain from these activities until you feel well enough to do them.
Victoza is another UK licensed weight loss treatment for people with type-2 diabetes which is also administered via subcutaneous injection.
While both injections contain the same active ingredient, liraglutide, the dosage of Victoza is lower than Saxenda.
Saxenda and Victoza must not be used together. You should speak to your doctor before using either Saxenda or Victoza as a weight loss aid.
Saxenda starts working within 2 weeks of treatment at the recommended dose (3mg) and continues to work for 9 to 12 months.
It is important to keep taking Saxenda as prescribed in order for it to work.
In combination with Saxenda, exercising regularly and eating a healthy balanced diet can help you acheive your weight loss goals faster.
Once you reach the recommended dosage (3mg every day), one Saxenda pen should last 6 days.
You should discard your Saxenda pen 30 days after opening it, even if there is still solution in the pen.
In studies, people who took Saxenda lost approximately 18.5 lb on average over the course of 56 weeks.
After using Saxenda for 160 weeks (3 years), most patients in liraglutide trials acheived greater than 5% and 10% of weight loss than with a placebo.
You may find that after your first year of weight loss, the amount of calories you burn becomes reduced and you may feel more hungry. This is common during any weight loss journey and underpins the importance of getting regular exercise and making conscious decisions on what you eat. By continuing to live a healthy lifestyle after your treatment, you can keep your weight off.
Yes, you can buy Saxenda online in the UK from registered pharmacies, such as Prescription Doctor.
You will need to answer a couple of questions about your health in order for our online doctor to safely prescribe Saxenda. If your order is approved by our doctor before 3pm, our GPhC registered pharmacy will dispense and dispatch your item the same day, aimed for a next day delivery.
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