Is Saxenda the new anti-obesity drug?

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Saxenda, often referred to as the “skinny jab,” is a daily liraglutide injection, initially designed for type 2 diabetes. Now licensed for obesity treatment, it reduces hunger, aiding weight loss.

Produced by Novo Nordisk, Saxenda stabilizes blood glucose levels, curbing appetite. It’s a health-focused drug addressing natural responses to weight loss, regulating hunger like the body’s GLP-1 hormone. Administered with a pen, Saxenda yields significant health benefits beyond weight loss when paired with a calorie-controlled diet and exercise. Consultation with a doctor is advised to determine suitability based on medical conditions.

Saxenda – The Skinny Jab

What has been previously promoted as the skinny jab is actually a series of daily injections of a drug called liraglutide.
These are injected into your stomach, at home, using a pen-like device and work to significantly reduce how much hunger you experience, meaning fewer calories consumed and, therefore, highly probable weight loss.
Produced by pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, liraglutide, in a dose of 1.2 micrograms and prescribed under the brand name ‘Victoza ‘, was originally invented as a solution to help patients with type 2 diabetes.
Since then, liraglutide has also been licensed for the treatment of obesity. In 2017, Novo Nordisk launched Saxenda (a higher dose of 3 micrograms) in the UK for use via private clinics for weight management. This can now be prescribed for people who are overweight or obese and works by stabilising your blood glucose levels and therefore decreasing your appetite.
Think of it not as a weight loss drug but more as a health gain drug and you are in the right direction.

How Saxenda Works

Saxenda addresses one of your body’s natural responses to weight loss.
  • Your body naturally produces an appetite hormone known as glucagon-like-peptide (GLP-1) that helps to regulate your hunger
  • Saxenda® works like GLP-1 by regulating your appetite, which can lead to eating fewer calories and losing weight
  • Saxenda is injected using a pen into the subcutaneous layer under the skin usually in the stomach ( abdomen ) area , upper leg ( thigh ) and upper arm
  • You should seek consultation with your doctor regarding suitability for this treatment including details of your medical condition.
  • Saxenda is indicated for weight loss in conjunction with a decreased calorie diet and /or increased exercise.
  • Experience significant health benefits beyond weight loss

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