Saxenda is an injection treatment for weight loss marketed in the UK by Novo Nordisk. It contains an ingredient called liraglutide, which is a synthetic derivative of GLP-1. GLP-1 is a hormone released from the gut following the consumption of a meal. It functions as an agonist on receptors in the brain which regulate appetite. Liraglutide is also the active constituent of the diabetes medication Victoza. However, whereas Victoza is licensed for the treatment of diabetes, Saxenda is specifically licensed for weight loss.
You can order Saxenda pens individually or in quantities of up to five at a time.
Obesity: Key stats
Obesity is a significant health issue in the UK. Around two thirds of UK adults are either overweight or obese. Being overweight increases the risk of several conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, sleep apnoea and joint and muscle pain. Sometimes, being overweight can have a negative impact on self-esteem too.
How can I work out if I’m overweight?
The BMI (body mass index) formula is typically used to determine whether someone is a healthy weight or overweight. It can be calculated in two ways:
- Using metric measurements; taking a person’s weight in kilograms, then dividing this by their height in metres squared; or:
- Using imperial measurements; taking a person’s weight in pounds, then dividing this by their height in inches squared; then multiplying the result by 703.
Categorisation in different countries can vary. But around Europe, a BMI of:
- 5 or less is classed as underweight
- between 18.5 and 25 indicates a healthy weight
- over 25 is classed as overweight
- over 30 is considered as obese
There are some drawbacks to the BMI model (for instance, it cannot make a distinction between fat and muscle, and therefore cannot determine a person’s body fat percentage). However, it is widely used as a clinical tool to help UK prescribers ascertain whether or not someone is a healthy weight.
How can I lose weight safely?
To help lower the risk of developing weight-related illness, persons who are obese or significantly overweight will typically be advised to try and lose weight through a combination of diet and exercise. When losing weight, it is important to do so in a steady, controlled manner. Losing too much weight too quickly can lead to ‘yo-yoing’, where drastic weight loss is quickly followed by weight gain.
When is weight loss treatment recommended?
In cases where a person has tried to lose weight but not been able to do so through diet and exercise alone, they may be prescribed medication to help them reach their target weight. However, medication is only effective if the person taking it also practices regular exercise and maintains a healthy, balanced, reduced-calorie diet.
How can Saxenda help someone lose weight?
Saxenda is an injection which is taken every day. The acting constituent, liraglutide, works by simulating the function of glucagon-like peptide 1, or GLP-1. A hormone, GLP-1 is released by the gut after the consumption of a meal. It works as an agonist on receptors in the brain which manage appetite. By mimicking the function of GLP-1, Saxenda thereby helps the person taking it to feel less hungry.
Saxenda is licensed for use in those with a BMI of:
- 30 or over;
- or 27 or over where weight-related health issues are also present, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
If you are trying to lose weight and considering whether medication might be able to help you, speak to your doctor. They will be able to assist in putting together a diet and exercise plan, and discuss whether weight loss treatment is right for you.
How do you take Saxenda?
When you take Saxenda, you will start on a low dose and slowly increase this over the first five weeks. So for those starting Saxenda, a pack of five pens should last 44 days. For those already on the full treatment dose, a pack of five pens should last 30 days.
Does Saxenda need to go in the fridge?
Yes, Saxenda is a fridged item. You should put it straight into the fridge when you receive it.
If you place an order for this item after 4pm on a Thursday or before 4pm on a Friday, our courier will attempt to deliver your package on a Saturday. If you place an order during this time but would prefer to receive your order on Tuesday the following week, please contact our customer service team so we can arrange this for you.
How can I buy Saxenda online?
Those looking to renew their prescription and get Saxenda online can do so using our secure consultation process. Every order made through our site is checked by registered prescribers. Approved orders are dispensed at our UK-based pharmacy before being shipped by special delivery.
With each order, we supply a sharps bin and a sufficient number of needles. The cost of these is included in the price.