Saxenda Individual Pen

 
  • Once Daily Injection
  • Weight Loss Aide
  • Store in the Fridge
  • Medically Proven
Once daily injection used in conjunction with a healthier lifestyle and low calorie diet to help weight loss. You will receive individual pens without any additional materials (e.g. needles etc)
£54.95
Quantity
This listing does not include any needles or sharps bins - please see the General Health category for these should you require them.
 
 
 

Description

Individual Saxenda Pen - you will receive an individual unit of Saxenda Pre-Filled Pen - for needles and other products associated with Saxenda, please visit the General Health category. 


What is Saxenda?

Saxenda is a medication which can be used for weight loss, it contains the medication ‘Liraglutide’ and works by reducing your appetite; helping you maintain a healthier lifestyle.

The active ingredient ‘liraglutide’, is synthetic version of a hormone which occurs naturally in your body known as GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1).

How does it work?

Saxenda’s active ingredient, liraglutide, works by making you feel fuller sooner and for longer.

Saxenda achieves this by the mechanism of action of liraglutide which is a type of GLP-1.

GLP-1 is part of the ‘incretin’ hormone group which are responsible for helping the body make more insulin and reduce the amount of glucose being produced by the liver when it is not needed. This hormone is released from the intestine after a meal.

 Incretins also reduce how quickly the stomach digests food and empties into the bowels. By doing this, it makes you feel fuller sooner and for longer. It is this earlier feeling of fullness (satiety) which curbs the appetite and helps you to reduce your calorie intake; by reducing your calorie intake, you’re more likely to have a calorie deficit. Calorie deficits are responsible for losing weight.

In order to get the most benefit from Saxenda it is important to ensure it is used alongside a healthy lifestyle. This includes a healthy diet and carrying out regular exercise. If you’d like further support with achieving a healthy lifestyle, just give us a call at Quick Meds where one of our experienced pharmacists will be more than happy to help.

Can I take it?

Saxenda is licensed to be used alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle in adults aged over the age of 18yrs who have:

·         A BMI of 30 or greater or

·         A BMI of 27 and less than 30 with weight-related health problems (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or breathing problems during sleep – also known as obstructive sleep apnoea)

You should only continue to take Saxenda if you have lost at least 5% of your initial body weight after 12 weeks on the 3mg/day dose. If you have any questions, just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Who can’t take it?

Do not use Saxenda

: – if you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the other ingredients of this medicine

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using Saxenda®.

The use of Saxenda® is not recommended if you have severe heart failure.

There is little experience with this medicine in patients of 75 years and older. It is not recommended if you are 75 years or older.

There is little experience with this medicine in patients with kidney problems. If you have kidney disease or are on dialysis, consult your doctor.

There is little experience with this medicine in patients with liver problems. If you have liver problems, consult your doctor.

This medicine is not recommended if you have a severe stomach or gut problem which results in delayed stomach emptying (called gastroparesis), or if you have an inflammatory bowel disease.

People with diabetes

If you have diabetes, do not use Saxenda as a replacement for insulin.

Inflammation of the pancreas

Talk to your doctor if you have or have had a disease of the pancreas.

Inflamed gall bladder and gallstones

If you lose substantial weight, you are at a risk of gallstones and thereby inflamed gall bladder. Stop taking Saxenda and contact a doctor immediately if you experience severe pain in your upper abdomen, usually worst on the right side under the ribs. The pain may be felt through to your back or right shoulder.

Thyroid disease

If you have thyroid disease, including thyroid nodules and enlargement of the thyroid gland, consult your doctor.

Heart rate

Talk to your doctor if you have palpitations (you feel aware of your heartbeat) or if you have feelings of a racing heartbeat while at rest during Saxenda treatment.

Loss of fluid and dehydration

When starting treatment with Saxenda, you may lose body fluid or become dehydrated. This may be due to feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting) and diarrhoea. It is important to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

If you are taking other medication – please ensure you discuss this with a pharmacist/your GP prior to taking Saxenda who can advise if it is safe for you to continue.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the information leaflet included with your order; if you have any questions, queries or just wish to clarify any aspects of treatment, just get in touch with Quick Meds either via telephone, live chat or WhatsApp. 

How to take

How do I take it?

Always follow the advice of your healthcare professional when taking medication. There is a step by step instructions included in the patient information leaflet with your order.

There is a demonstration video you can see also (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1kldLAX2uk)

Saxenda is an injectable weight loss product and is administered using a device similar to that used for administering insulin.

Below are some top tips to bear in mind when taking Saxenda:

·         Always use a new needle each and every time you inject

·         Always safely discard of used needles into a secure sharps bin (you can purchase one from Quick Meds)

·         You can administer into the abdomen, thigh or upper arm – it is a subcutaneous injection.

·         Always store the pen without a needle attached and the cap firmly secure.

·         Store unused pens in the fridge, between 2oC-8oC; it must not be frozen.

·         The pen/s you are using can be stored at room temperature (up to 30oC) for up to one month.

How much do I inject each time?

Saxenda is packaged as a multi-dose pen; allowing the delivery of either 0.6mg, 1.2mg, 1.8mg, 2.4mg or 3mg.

The starting dose is 0.6mg daily for the first week; you then increase by 0.6mg weekly until you reach the recommended dose of 3mg. There is a handy table in the information leaflet which details how long each pen should last.

Week 1 – 0.6mg daily

Week 2 – 1.2mg daily

Week 3 – 1.8mg daily

Week 4 – 2.4mg daily

Week 5 – 3mg daily

Ongoing – 3mg daily.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the information leaflet included with your order; if you have any questions, queries or just wish to clarify any aspects of treatment, just get in touch with Quick Meds either via telephone, live chat or WhatsApp.

 

What if I forget to take a dose?

If you forget a dose and remember it within 12 hours from when you usually take the dose, inject it as soon as you remember.

However, if more than 12 hours have passed since you should have used Saxenda®, skip the missed dose and inject your next dose the following day at the usual time.

Do not use a double dose or increase the dose on the following day to make up for the missed dose. 

Side effects and Cautions

Are there any side effects?

As with all medication, Saxenda can cause some unwanted side effects; although not everyone will have them.

For a full list of side effects, please consult the patient information leaflet included with your order. If you have an questions, queries or just wish to clarify any aspects of treatment, just get in touch with Quick Meds via telephone, live chat or WhatsApp where one of our experienced team will be ready to help.

Common side effects include:

·         Dizziness

·         Insomnia

·         Nausea

·         Vomiting

·         Constipation

·         Headache

·         Gall stones and other Gall Bladder complications

·         Dry Mouth

·         Injection site reactions

Typically side effects will be more common at the start of treatment and when increasing in strength; once you are stabilised on your maintenance dose, you should find side effects subside.

Injection site reactions are common with any injectable treatment; if you have any questions please get in touch with us and we’ll assist in advising how best you can reduce the risk of injection site reactions. Using a new needle each time and ensuring good injection technique will help reduce this risk.

Severe Side Effects to keep a closer eye out for:

Pancreatitis – Pancreatitis is a serious, potentially life-threatening medical condition which is inflammation of the pancreas and has been reported uncommonly in patients using Saxenda.

Stop taking Saxenda and contact a doctor immediately if you notice any of the following serious side effects:

·         Severe and persistent pain in the abdomen (stomach area) which might reach through to your back, as well as nausea and vomiting, as it could be a sign of an inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis).

If any side effects are particularly bothersome, persistent or you have concerns, get in touch with us at Quick Meds.

If any side effects are life threatening, exhibit signs of allergic reaction such as fever, rashes, shortness of breath, chest pains, swelling in any parts of the body including the face/throat/neck area, please stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention (999). 

Who can’t take it?

Do not use Saxenda

: – if you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the other ingredients of this medicine

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using Saxenda®.

The use of Saxenda® is not recommended if you have severe heart failure.

There is little experience with this medicine in patients of 75 years and older. It is not recommended if you are 75 years or older.

There is little experience with this medicine in patients with kidney problems. If you have kidney disease or are on dialysis, consult your doctor.

There is little experience with this medicine in patients with liver problems. If you have liver problems, consult your doctor.

This medicine is not recommended if you have a severe stomach or gut problem which results in delayed stomach emptying (called gastroparesis), or if you have an inflammatory bowel disease.

People with diabetes

If you have diabetes, do not use Saxenda as a replacement for insulin.

Inflammation of the pancreas

Talk to your doctor if you have or have had a disease of the pancreas.

Inflamed gall bladder and gallstones

If you lose substantial weight, you are at a risk of gallstones and thereby inflamed gall bladder. Stop taking Saxenda and contact a doctor immediately if you experience severe pain in your upper abdomen, usually worst on the right side under the ribs. The pain may be felt through to your back or right shoulder.

Thyroid disease

If you have thyroid disease, including thyroid nodules and enlargement of the thyroid gland, consult your doctor.

Heart rate

Talk to your doctor if you have palpitations (you feel aware of your heartbeat) or if you have feelings of a racing heartbeat while at rest during Saxenda treatment.

Loss of fluid and dehydration

When starting treatment with Saxenda, you may lose body fluid or become dehydrated. This may be due to feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting) and diarrhoea. It is important to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

If you are taking other medication – please ensure you discuss this with a pharmacist/your GP prior to taking Saxenda who can advise if it is safe for you to continue.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the information leaflet included with your order; if you have any questions, queries or just wish to clarify any aspects of treatment, just get in touch with Quick Meds either via telephone, live chat or WhatsApp. 

Patient information leaflet

You can find the patient information leaflet included with your order, or alternatively see an electronic copy here