Effectiveness of Saxenda® Injection Pen for Weight Loss in Singapore
Achieve weight loss by increasing the feeling of fullness and reducing hunger hormones with Saxenda®.
Singapore's Health Sciences Authority has approved Saxenda® pen, a new weight loss drug with liraglutide. Initially developed to treat diabetes, Saxenda® was later approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) for the treatment of obesity.
Our doctors prescribe this medication as a once-a-day injection to help overweight individuals lose weight and keep it off. As a result of administering Saxenda® Injection Pen for Weight Loss, the feeling of hunger is reduced and your body begins to feel satisfied with lesser food intake. As a result, your weight starts to drop gradually as the caloric intake is reduced.
What is Saxenda®?
Saxenda® is an injectable device prescribed medicine for adults with BMI exceeding 27 to help them lose weight and keep the weight off. When accompanied by a sensible diet and increased physical activities, Saxenda® helps manage weight-related medical conditions and prevents weight gain.
How Does Saxenda Work?
Your body naturally produces an appetite hormone known as glucagon-like-peptide that regulates your hunger. Saxenda® works like glucagon-like-peptides to regulate your appetite. This leads to lower food consumption and weight loss.
Is Saxenda® Effective for Weight Loss?
Saxenda® has been shown in several clinical studies to be safe and effective in chronic weight management.
In a double-blind 56-week clinical trial involving 3731 patients who did not have type 2 diabetes and who had a body-mass index of at least 30 or a BMI of at least 27 if they had treated or untreated dyslipidemia or hypertension, randomly assigned patients in a 2:1 ratio received once-daily subcutaneous injections of liraglutide at a dose of 3.0 mg (2487 patients) or placebo (1244 patients). A total of 63.2% of the patients in the liraglutide group, as compared with 27.1% in the placebo group, lost at least 5% of their body weight while 33.1% in the liraglutide group lost more than 10% of their body weight.
How Long Do I Need To Use Saxenda® Injection Pen for Weight Loss?
Chronic diseases like obesity usually require long-term treatment. Our doctors will work with you on a customised plan tailored to your weight-management goals after a detailed consultation.
How Do I Use a Saxenda® Pen?
Saxenda® is a medically prescribed, once-daily, self-injectable medicine that comes in a prefilled pen. Our doctors will teach you to correctly inject Saxenda® at home.
Saxenda® is injected just under your skin in the stomach region, upper leg or upper arm, at any time of the day, with or without a meal. Do not inject Saxenda® into your veins or muscles.
Here’s how to use Saxenda® Pen. You may refer to Instructions for Use that comes with your pen for complete instructions.
Will My Weight Rebound When I Stop Using Saxenda® Weight Loss Pen?
Saxenda® is not a “miracle” weight loss injection pen to weight loss. As with all weight management programmes, taking progressive small steps in making lifestyle changes is the sustainable way to keep the weight off.
Saxenda® Weight Loss Journey
Our doctors at The Aesthetic Medical Clinic will work with you on adjusting your lifestyle and working out a diet plan to help you achieve your weight loss goals. With the use of Saxenda® curbs the urge to overindulge and stick to the adjustments you worked out with our doctors. Therefore, even after stopping Saxenda® after being on it for some time, you would have adjusted to the new lifestyle that you are committed to at the beginning of your weight loss journey with us. Hence, you should not experience weight gain after stopping Saxenda®.
Side Effects of Saxenda® Weight Loss Pen
Our doctors at The Aesthetics Medical Clinic will work with you to increase your dosages gradually over the weeks, depending on your individual body condition. This can mitigate the potential side effects such as:
Injection site reaction
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
Upset stomach (dyspepsia)
Change in enzyme (lipase) levels in your blood
Most side effects are temporary and go away as your body adjusts to the medication. Do seek consultation with our doctors should the condition persists.
Is Saxenda® Suitable for Me?Saxenda® Weight Loss Pen is approved for use in Singapore if you fulfil the following criteria:
- Obesity with BMI ≥30
- Overweight with excess BMI ≥27 with weight-related medical problems
When considering Saxenda®, your BMI is an excellent place to begin. Remember that BMI isn't the only factor our doctors will consider when prescribing Saxenda®. An individual's BMI determines whether they are overweight based on their height.
What is your BMI?
Important Safety Advice When Using Saxenda Weight Loss Pen
Pens and needles should never be shared. Infections can spread from one person to another. Each injection should be given with a new needle to avoid contamination, infection, leakage, and blocked needles leading to the wrong dose.
Please let your doctor know about all of your medical conditions before taking Saxenda®, including:
taking a medication called a GLP-1 receptor agonist.
suffering from severe stomach problems, such as slow stomach emptying
(gastroparesis) or difficulties digesting food.
pancreas, kidneys, and liver problems.
History of Mental health issues such as depression, or suicidal thoughts
Breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Communicate with Your Doctor
Inform our doctors about all your medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. By slowing stomach emptying, Saxenda® can compromise the effectiveness of medicines that need to pass quickly through the stomach. Some medicines may affect how Saxenda® works, and vice versa. Inform our doctors if you take diabetes medicines, particularly insulin.
Fix an appointment for your consultation with our doctor to find out a suitable weight loss plan for you.
Availability: The Aesthetics Medical Clinic at Bukit Batok only