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Saxenda Weight Loss Kick Start Program

What is Saxenda?

Saxenda® is a TGA approved prescription injectable medicine that may help some adults with excess weight loss.   Saxenda, triggers areas in your brain that control appetite, making you feel more satisfied and less hungry.  This in turn makes you eat less and, in most cases, can lead to long-term weight loss. 

Saxenda (liraglutide) injection 3 mg is a prescription medication that is 97% similar to a natural hormone that is released in the body after eating, making you feel full and satisfied.  


Who is suitable for Saxenda?
-    Adults with excess weight (BMI ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems.
-    Adults who have a BMI  ≥30 (obese) and want to  lose weight and keep the weight off. 
-    Saxenda should be used with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity

Expected Weight Loss:
-    Weight loss of around 5-10% of starting weight may be achieved when used in conjunction with a weight management program. 
-    Weight loss normally starts within 2 weeks and continues for 9 to 12 months on Saxenda treatment.
-    Saxenda will then help maintain this new body weight and help prevent weight being regained.
-    Upon discontinuation of treatment, patients are likely to regain weight if they revert to an unhealthy diet.

How is Saxenda taken?
Saxenda® is a once-daily injectable medicine available in a prefilled pen.  It is a small injection under the skin (subcutaneous injection) in your stomach area (abdomen), upper leg (thigh), or upper arm, as instructed by your health care provider. 


What is the Cost of Saxenda?
-    The consultations are bulk billed.
-    The cost will vary in the beginning as you commence on a low dose and gradually increase to the full dose over 5 weeks.
-    Once on the full dose the cost is around $387 a month (small rebate available from private health funds if they have extras).
-    The cost once the full dose reached is around $12.90/day.


CEC Kick Start Program
-    Initial consultation with Liz W – 45 min.  Reviews – 15-30 mins.  Consultations bulk billed.
-    Patient history will be taken; weight/ height/ BMI recorded; blood test done (cholesterol, full blood count, thyroid function test, electrolyte & liver function test); dietary advice given (LW certified nutritionist).
-    Patient will be given Saxenda Kit, comprising of 1x treatment pen, tape measure, information booklet.
-    Treatment cost will vary depending on daily dose.  On full dose cost is around $12.90/ day ($387/ month).  
-    Safe to use Saxenda till desired weight loss is achieved (up to 3 years).  Average period = 6 months.
-    Patient to come in (phone in) for weekly review for first 4 weeks, then fortnightly thereafter.



Does Saxenda work immediately?
Saxenda® works by acting on receptors in the brain that control your appetite, causing you to feel fuller and less hungry.  This may help you eat less food and reduce your body weight.   Weight loss normally starts within 2 weeks and continues for 9 to 12 months on Saxenda® treatment.

How long does it take to see weight loss with Saxenda?
Among non-responders without diabetes who failed to lose 5% of their body weight after 16 weeks on the drug, 37% reached this goal by 56 weeks, but just 8% and 2%, respectively lost more than 10% and 15% of their total body weight.

How much weight can you lose on Saxenda?
Study participants were given a reduced-calorie diet and an increased exercise regimen, along with either Saxenda or a placebo. Those who took Saxenda lost an average of 8.5 kg over 56 weeks. Those taking a placebo only lost 2.5 kg.

How long do you take Saxenda?
Your prescription of Saxenda® contains enough medicine for 30 days. It is important to use Saxenda® exactly as prescribed by your health care provider.

How long will I stay on Saxenda®? 
Chronic diseases like obesity usually require long-term treatment. Your health care provider will create a plan tailored to your weight-management goals.

Is it better to take Saxenda in the morning or night?
Saxenda is an injectable medication you take once a day. You may inject it at the most convenient time for you (eg: before breakfast, lunch, dinner, or bedtime), but it should be taken at approximately the same time each day.

Can you drink alcohol on Saxenda?
It is best to limit the ingestion of alcohol during use of this medicine. Alcohol can increase the risk for severe or prolonged low blood sugar. If you do choose to drink alcohol, make sure you do not take it on an empty stomach.

Do you gain weight after stopping Saxenda?
Upon discontinuation of treatment, patients are likely to regain weight if they revert to unhealthy eating habits.

Can I just stop taking Saxenda?
If the medication is disagreeing with you, Saxenda should be discontinued immediately, and refer to your health care provider.

What if Saxenda is not refrigerated?
Saxenda® can be used as long as the product has not been exposed to temperatures below 2°c or above 30°c. It is best to keep unused vials in the refrigerator.  Once removed from the fridge the product must be used or discarded within 30 days.  

Where is the best place to inject Saxenda?
Inject your dose under the skin (this is called subcutaneous injection) in your stomach area (abdomen), upper leg (thigh), or upper arm as instructed by your health care provider. Do not inject into a vein or muscle. Please see Saxenda® Instructions for Use for more information.

Can I skip a day on Saxenda?
Then take your next daily dose as usual on the following day. Do not take an extra dose of Saxenda or increase your dose on the following day to make up for your missed dose. If you miss your dose of Saxenda for 3 days or more, call your healthcare provider to talk about how to restart your treatment.

Can I take Saxenda every other day?
Saxenda should be taken at approximately the same time each day.

What does Saxenda do to your body?    How does Saxenda work as a prescription weight loss drug?
Saxenda mimics an intestinal hormone that tells the brain your stomach is full.

Can Saxenda make you depressed or cause mood swings?
Serious allergic reactions can happen with Saxenda®.   Stop using Saxenda® and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, depression or thoughts of suicide. You should pay attention to any mental changes, especially sudden changes, in your mood, behaviours, thoughts, or feelings.


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