what is weight loss infusion?
Saxenda is a once-daily injection that you administer to yourself to aid weight loss. It contains the active ingredient Liraglutide, which is very similar to a naturally occurring hormone in your body called GLP-1. The weight loss injection works by making you feel less hungry, slowing down the emptying of your stomach and making you feel ‘fuller’ for longer. Saxenda is approved to help you lose weight in conjunction with an active lifestyle and a calorie-controlled balanced diet. Your body naturally produces an appetite hormone known as glucagon-like-peptide (GLP-1) that helps to regulate your hunger. The injection works by regulating your appetite, which can lead to eating fewer calories and losing weight as a result. This treatment may only be used as a weight-loss treatment if you have previously tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. Saxenda has been studied extensively in multiple clinical trials to establish its clinical benefits; superior weight loss was achieved with Saxenda (liraglutide) compared to diet and exercise alone in obese and overweight patients in all groups studied. More than twice as many people achieved 5% and 10% body weight loss compared to diet and exercise alone.
Saxenda comes in a 3ml pre-filled weight loss injection pen. The pen contains a clear and colourless or almost colourless solution. All weight loss pens are supplied with the right quantity of needles you require for injecting. You will need to store your pre-filled pen in a refrigerator (2°C to 8°C) before your first use. Once you start using the pen, you can keep it for 1 month either at room temperature (2 to 30°C) or in a refrigerator (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze. Increasing the dose slowly over time should minimise any unwanted side effects, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. As you increase your dose, if you find that you cannot tolerate your side effects, you should stay on the same dose for 2 continuous weeks. If after 2 weeks your side effects are still not tolerable, you should consider stopping treatment. The maximum recommended daily dosage of liraglutide is 3.0mg. Try to take it at the same time each day, picking a time that works for you, with or without food or drink. You must continue with your new diet and exercise regime while you are taking Saxenda.