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Saxenda: Risks and Safety

by SlimCare Patient Services
July 20, 2021

Saxenda: Risks and Safety

Are you at risk if you take Saxenda? Inform yourself of all safety measures and risks before deciding to take any prescription drug.

Saxenda is made of the antidiabetic drug liraglutide. This drug helps in weight management by slowing down the emptying of the stomach. It works by making patients feel more extended periods of satiety and may help in eating less.

As simple as it sounds, considering the proper precautions for the drug is vital. Saxenda may interact with another drug you are taking, and sometimes that can affect your health. There are also specific health factors that can determine whether you are safe for Saxenda. Make sure you go through all necessary testing and examinations before you decide.

What can you do?

The first step you have to take is to consult your health care provider about Saxenda. They will be able to assess your body and health for suitability properly. Even so, there are certain aspects of your health and body that only you will know. Only you may know about things such as medical history, family medical history, and specific allergies that you have.

Therefore, inform your health care provider of such information beforehand. You can also avoid Saxenda if:

  • You are allergic to liraglutide. It is the main component of Saxenda.
  • You have a family history of Medullary Thyroid Cancer (MTC). And inform your doctor if you start you get swelling or a lump on your neck. Studies have indicated that liraglutide caused thyroid cancers in mice.
  • You have the hereditary condition Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 2 (MEN2).
  • You are breastfeeding, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant.
  • You have severe heart failure.
  • You have diabetes and are on certain medications—especially medicines like insulin and sulfonylurea.
  • You have severe digestive issues like gastroparesis. Or if you have had problems with your pancreas, liver, and kidneys.
  • You have had a history of depression or suicidal tendencies.
  • You are aged 75 and above


In case you have been cleared to use Saxenda, here are some safety measures you can follow:

  • Always check your blood sugar before you start taking Saxenda. Do this while you take Saxenda as well.
  • You should never share your Saxenda Pens.
  • Only continue using Saxenda if you observe noticeable results. You should notice a difference of at least 5% between your initial body weight and your body weight after Saxenda. Measure your results after 12 weeks once you start the 3.0mg/day dose. Consult your doctor before you continue.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Saxenda increases the risk of dehydration.
  • Always check your heart rate while taking Saxenda. Inform your doctor to check your heart rate.
  • Always inform your doctor of your medical history. And if you have reacted badly with other medications.
  • Inform your health care providers of all medications and supplements you are taking. Or if you plan to start new ones.

You may be deciding to take Saxenda for the first time. Or you may have decided to continue Saxenda for prolonged use. Talk to your health care provider at every step. Being aware of all the risks of any drug can help you make an informed decision.

Why not get in touch with the medical experts at SlimCare Medical, we can provide you with expert advice and support?

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