The Skinny on the Weight Loss Medication Saxenda

weight loss medicationA new weight loss medication called Saxenda recently hit the market and is generating a great deal of buzz. Manufactured by Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk, Inc., Saxenda is not a pill, but rather taken through an injection. Here is some information on this new drug and whether or not it may be right for you.

What is Saxenda?

Saxenda is a weight loss medication that is designed to work differently from others. It mimics a hormone in the body that is secreted by the intestine when you eat. This hormone slows down the emptying of the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and reducing hunger. As a result, you do not have the desire to eat as much.

The component in Saxenda that mimics the hormone is known is Liraglutide, which was originally marketed as the diabetes-fighting drug Victoza. An unexpected side effect of Victoza is weight loss. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Saxenda, which is basically a double dose of Victoza, in December of last year.

Promising Results

A study showed that more than 60 percent of people who took Saxenda lost approximately 5 percent of their body weight, while 31 percent lost about 10 percent of their weight. Early indications show that the weight loss medication can be effective over the long term, helping people with chronic obesity.

However, Saxenda is not for people who only need to lose a few pounds. Rather, it is intended for people who are clinically obese and have another condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Adverse Effects

It is critically important that you have a long talk with your doctor before trying Saxenda, because the drug has been linked to serious side effects such as pancreatitis and thyroid tumors. If you have a medical history of thyroid cancer, you should avoid the drug.

Just like any other weight loss medication, Saxenda is not a magic cure for obesity. Again, it should only be taken after a thorough consultation with your doctor. If you would like to learn more about managing chronic weight problems, contact Addison Internal Medicine online or call us at 972-301-7060.