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Saxenda, a slimming pen

pack-saxendra-pour-maigrirSAXENDA, the ultimate solution to obesity, has over time become a global scourge that threatens more than one society.

There are many causes, the most important of which is our lifestyle, which favors comfort and encourages passivity and inaction. This phenomenon even affects children.

Treatments based on scientific research are multiplying, and new ones are being developed all the time.

Saxenda is a treatment for obesity. Let’s take a look at this new hope in the fight against obesity.

A new hope to treat obesity

Today, the problem of obesity and related diseases poses real challenges for the medical profession, which is increasingly proposing drugs to combat excess weight.

Overweight is no longer seen as an aesthetic or social image problem, but as a genuine health concern, as it is the cause of a number of serious chronic diseases, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes;
  • Metabolic disorders;
  • Dyslipidemia: excess cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood;
  • Osteoarthritis problems;
  • Liver problems;
  • High blood pressure;
  • certain cancers.

From more and more drugs on the market…

In this context, a number of drugs are being prescribed by doctors to help their patients lose weight and, consequently, relieve the burden of these associated diseases.

However, in the majority of cases, these drugs prove to be either dangerous because of their side effects, or not really effective, and are eventually withdrawn from the market.

But hope remains, and research is advancing to find new and, above all, better treatments!
enseigne-Novo-Nordisk-LabsRecently, a drug has been proposed specifically for weight loss. It benefits from the reputation and reliability of its manufacturer.

In fact, the Danish laboratory Novo Nordisk, world leader in diabetes products, has obtained FDA (Food and Drug Adiministration) approval to market its new creation Saxenda as a treatment for obesity.

(Source: FDA. Press release dated December 23, 2014).

The drug, which is subject to medical prescription and available only on prescription, is in fact a higher-dose version of the active ingredient than another drug called Victoza and indicated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

We devoted an entire article to Victoza, which is indicated exclusively for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and has never been indicated for weight loss.

Coming back to Saxenda, we’ve done some research to provide you with the information you need in case you want to discuss it with your doctor as part of your quest to lose weight. Right away, the Saxenda test…

What is Saxenda?

The active ingredient in Saxenda is Liraglutide.

Liraglutide is a synthetic molecule which resembles a hormone produced by the body, called Incretin.

Incretin is synthesized by the intestine and prompts the pancreas to produce more insulin when the body receives food. This action helps control blood sugar levels.

The Incretin hormone has one major drawback. It degrades rapidly and is eliminated from the bloodstream within minutes. As a result, its action lasts only a very short time.

Liraglutide remedies this situation: it has the same action as Incretin, but with an all-day effect.
stylo-Saxenda In simple terms Liraglutide provides additional insulin secretion when food is ingested, and its action lasts for 24 hours.

This is what stabilizes blood sugar levels, and why the Liraglutide molecule is used to treat type 2 diabetes, which causes a reduction in insulin secretion.

In patients taking Liraglutide, treatment, weight loss and stabilization of diabetes have been observed.

For weight-loss purposes, the recommended dose of Liraglutide is 3 mg.

This inspired the manufacturer to propose a form specifically designed for weight loss, called Saxenda.

It contains a higher dose of active ingredient and has already undergone the necessary studies to prove its efficacy on weight loss.

In December 2014, Saxenda received approval from the FDA in the USA to be marketed as a treatment for obesity.

Indications of Saxenda

Saxenda is indicated as a weight-loss treatment for obese and overweight adults suffering from type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

In Europe, Saxenda is currently being studied by the European health authorities for its effects on weight loss.

The evidence of efficacy of Saxenda for weight loss

Saxenda has a “glucose-dependent” action. In other words, when sugar is present in the blood, this drug stimulates insulin secretion.

By lowering blood sugar levels, insulin slows gastric emptying, thus reducing the sensation of hunger and providing a feeling of satiety.

Result: no more urge to snack. Weight loss is a natural consequence of reduced caloric intake.

One study concluded that Liraglutide is effective for weight loss, and the results showed that three-quarters of patients in the study who received a daily dose of Liraglutide lost more than 5% of their initial weight.

What are the conditions of use Saxenda?

Saxenda is a new drug indicated for the treatment of obesity under specific conditions.

It must be prescribed by a physician and regularly monitored by a qualified practitioner.

How to use Saxenda?

Saxenda is an injectable solution in the form of a pre-filled pen, containing 3 mg of Liraglutide.

This dose is injected subcutaneously, i.e. under the skin, once a day.

This method of administration by injection may seem restrictive, but it’s what ensures that the product is as effective as possible. What’s more, millions of patients around the world use these pens, and live with the fact that they can control the progression of their disease and lead a normal life.

What side effects of Saxenda?

As with any medication, Saxenda may cause side effects such as headaches and gastrointestinal disorders.

This is a very new drug, and it is possible that side effects not yet mentioned may occur over time.

In such cases, you should immediately inform the prescribing physician, who will take the appropriate decision.

What disadvantages of Saxenda?

Saxenda has 2 disadvantages:

  1. It’s an injectable solution, which may put many people off.

    In fact, no one really likes injections. But if your doctor feels that this product can help you, the little injection will go down without a hitch!

  2. The price is very high.

    But as long as it’s a drug prescribed by a doctor, it will naturally be reimbursed by social security and mutual health insurance companies, unless there’s proof to the contrary.

Saxenda can be an effective weight-loss solution if regularly monitored by your GP.

As with any product indicated for weight loss, a balanced diet and regular physical activity are the best allies for lasting results.

This is all the more true in the case of Saxenda, which is already aimed at obese or overweight people who suffer in parallel from other pathologies such as type 2 diabetes, which require the adoption of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet.

Saxenda : our Opinion

Saxenda is a prescription drug and is not sold online. However, for more information, you can visit the manufacturer’s official website by clicking here.

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  • C. Carubé

    Hi, I’ve been taking Saxenda for 6 days. First day all is well. 2nd day nausea and vomiting, 3rd day great fatigue and heartburn and headache starting in the night. 4 th day mild nausea but very tired and slept a lot. 5 th day very painful stomach cramps, heartburn. 6 th day heartburn. In addition, from day 2 to day 6, I feel dizzy. I’m wondering… Will these symptoms eventually disappear? Are there any solutions to reduce and/or alleviate the symptoms? Even though I’d like to exercise for 30 minutes, I can’t. I even have to take a nap in the afternoon and go to bed 1 hour earlier at night. Are all these symptoms normal and should I trust the protocol or do I have too many symptoms? I’m wondering if I should increase to 1.2 or wait until the symptoms diminish before increasing?

    • Corinne Kepler

      Hello! These side effects of Saxenda are well known and documented on the product’s official website. According to the manufacturer, Nausea is the most common side effect at the beginning of treatment with Saxenda, but it diminishes over time in most people as their bodies become accustomed to the medication. If you experience nausea, here are some tips that may help:
      – Eat bland, low-fat foods such as crackers, toast and rice.

      – Eat foods that contain water, such as soups and gelatin.

      – Don’t lie down after eating
      – Get some fresh air.

      As for whether or not to increase the dose for the 2nd week, they advise following the schedule and consulting the prescribing physician for any potential changes. Good luck!

  • Karen Hayes

    I’m from Quebec and I can’t afford it and my doctor is upset because I have hypoglycemia with all the symptoms of hypoglycemia. I’m amazed to see that she doesn’t care about my health, and that she considers this to be poor hygiene, plus I’m an auxiliary nurse, I don’t think I’m sedentary, so who can help me find out if there are dispensaries in Quebec for this medication please?
    I have a shitty doctor.
    Merci de votre aide

    • Frédéric Leclerc

      Hi Karen,
      While I understand your situation, I’m not aware of any exceptions for Saxenda in Quebec. It is a prescription drug.

      I’m providing you with the official information on Saxenda published on the Health Canada website.

      You’ll find the full Saxenda product monograph in French as submitted to Canadian health authorities by the manufacturer (Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.). It includes detailed indications/contraindications, directions for use, precautions and warnings, which I suggest you read carefully in your own case.

      I wish you a pleasant evening.


  • Racoquille

    How long can I take this medication because it is very expensive and I cannot afford it because the RAMQ does not reimburse this product at all?

    • Cédric Pastori

      Rebpnjour Racoquille,
      Please see our previous answer, which applies to both your questions.

      Bon courage

  • Racoquille

    Does weight regain occur when I stop taking Saxenda?

    • Cédric Pastori

      Hello Racoquille,
      Weight regain after stopping a given treatment depends more on the lifestyle of the person concerned. When it comes to slimming, losing a few kilos is just the beginning of a fairly long period of stabilization of overall weight. That said, we can’t answer your question with a yes or no!

      However, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that Saxenda is a medicine and subject to medical prescription: we don’t need to remind you that you should check with your doctor and avoid any attempt at self-medication.

      Kind regards,

  • Karro

    If I stop the medication, is there a high risk of weight regain? Or do I have to take it all the time?

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  • Nathalie Brouillette

    I’m starting saxenda in a few weeks and I can’t wait to see the results I’m going to get! Can you take this medicine over a long period of time? With the holidays coming up, would it be better not to drink alcohol (wine)?

    • Cédric

      Hi Nathalie,
      We, too, look forward to hearing from users of the products tested on our website! For Saxenda, and to answer your questions, I would advise you to get in touch with your doctor to find out more.

      Happy Holidays!

  • Josee

    I’m using Saxenda and I’m starting my 2 nd month. I’ve only lost 8 pounds despite a balanced diet.

  • Joanne Rochon

    We should keep in touch I do not know by what means to see the evolution of our losses with this product

    • Cédric

      Joanne, bonjour,
      Thank you for your message! Already, coming to testify and react right here is a good way to share information and opinions.

      Best regards,

    • Sylvette

      allo joanne je suis à ma troisieme semaine d’essai et j’aimerais savoir esque tu mange santer fais tu excercise?…moi j’ai seulement perdu 2 lbs

  • Rafi

    Can this product be used for short periods? As an example, if we take it for more or less 6 months and we’ve developed a good eating and exercise habit, can we stop taking Saxenda?

    • Corinne K.

      Hi Rafi,
      As you can read in the article, Saxenda is a new drug, and as a drug, it is only available on prescription. The best thing to do is to talk to your doctor about this weight-loss pen and see if it might be right for you.


    Bonjour, très bon pour les personnes malades comme moi de diabète de type 2
    And who suffer from obesity
    They’ve been promising it for a year, but we haven’t had any news since.
    Please tell us more, we’ve been waiting a long time.
    Greetings and thanks? Doctor Eeckaut Lisbeth

    • Carl

      Hello EECKAUT,
      Here is the latest press release from ANSM concerning saxenda (and mysimba):

    • Joanne Rochon

      I’m in Quebec and it’s available, I’m taking it now.

      • géraldine merveille

        Good evening, are you happy? Are the results good? I hesitate to take it… thanks for answering 😉

      • Hélène Marfak

        Hi Géraldine,
        It’s a good idea to ask other users for their opinion, and to find out more about a product before trying it. However, we would like to remind you that Saxenda is a drug that can only be obtained on medical prescription, and its use is subject to conditions that only a doctor can authorize.

        Have a nice evening!

      • Karen Hayes

        Oui mais a moindre cout de 400 dollars par mois voir si ont est capable de lassumee moi non

      • Karen Hayes

        how much do you pay per month please

  • Eric Bosc

    It’s great news that this product has arrived. I’ve seen that it has marketing authorization in Europe.

    What about France? When will the European MA be transposed into French MA?

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