Exploring The Side Effects Of Weight Loss Injections

Weight loss injections are medications that promote weight loss - they can help people lose weight. 

They contain special substances such as semaglutide or liraglutide that either reduce your appetite or increase your body's ability to burn fat. 

One common type is called "lipotropic injections," which include nutrients like B vitamins and amino acids to boost metabolism and aid fat breakdown. 

Another type is "hormone injections," like HCG, which can control hunger and promote fat loss. 

They can be helpful for some individuals, but it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before considering them. This is because there is a risk of experiencing side effects. 

But what exactly are the side effects of weight loss injections? That’s what we’ll be exploring today. Read on for our guide to weight loss injection side effects, and for information on how you can manage these side effects. 

Are Weight Loss Injections Safe? 

Approved weight loss injections are generally safe when used as directed under a doctor's supervision in the upper arm, abdomen, upper leg, etc., but you should always consult with your health care provider first. However, like any medication, it may have side effects that you need to consider. There is a risk you could experience serious (but rare) side effects, including inflammation of the pancreas. 

Because these drugs are relatively new, we aren’t certain of the long-term effects of these injections on those who are not excessively overweight or obese. 

Always use weight loss jabs as prescribed, and always follow professional guidance. Be sure to discuss your medical history, prescription drugs you're using or have taken, and any existing health conditions with your healthcare provider, as some people should avoid this medication.

In summary, Saxenda, Wegovy, and other weight loss injections can be safe and effective for weight loss when used responsibly, but it's not a magical solution. Saxenda should also not be used if you have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). Weight loss injections should be part of a comprehensive weight management plan that includes a healthy diet and exercise. 

Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any weight loss treatments to ensure they're suitable for your specific situation.

Weight Loss Injection Side Effects 

You should understand the side effects of any drug you take, and weight loss injections are no exception. 

The side effects of weight loss injections can vary from treatment to treatment, as well as your individual response. Here are some weight loss injection side effects to be aware of:

Injection Site Reactions

After taking weight loss injections such as Saxenda, you may notice a reaction around the injection site. This could include pain, swelling, or skin redness around the area where the treatment was injected. This reaction is usually temporary. However, if it persists, speak to your healthcare provider. 

Gastrointestinal Issues

Some people experience gastrointestinal issues when they take weight loss injections. This could include digestive problems such as diarrhoea or constipation, which can be uncomfortable. You may also experience nausea and vomiting - especially with hormone-based injections.

Headaches

Headaches can be a side effect of weight loss injections for some people. If you notice a severe headache, speak to your doctor. 

Increased Heart Rate

Certain injections may cause an increased heart rate, leading to palpitations. In clinical trials, the use of Saxenda was linked to a rise in heart rate of 3 beats per minute.

Allergic Reactions

Although this is very rare, some people experience allergic reactions to the ingredients in the injection. If you experience signs of an allergic reaction and are struggling to breathe, contact emergency services immediately. 

Hypoglycemia

In some cases, GLP-1 injections may cause low blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes, therefore, you must check your blood sugar levels beforehand. If you are experiencing these effects, contact your healthcare provider immediately. 

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How To Manage Side Effects from Weight Loss Injections 

If you are experiencing side effects from weight loss injections, speak to your treatment provider - they will discuss how you can manage the side effects effectively. Your doctor may also adjust the dose to help manage the side effects. 

Nausea is one of the most common side effects of Saxenda and other weight loss pens. Thankfully, there are several ways you can soothe feelings of nausea. For example: 

  • Don’t lie down after eating 
  • Eat bland foods such as dry toast or crackers 
  • Get some fresh air 
  • Drink lots of water and water-based foods such as soup 

Who Shouldn’t Use Weight Loss Injections? 

Weight loss pens aren’t for everybody. First of all, you shouldn’t take weight loss injections if you are not overweight or do not have a high body mass index/ BMI. 

Weight loss injections aren’t generally suitable for chidiscuss with your doctor, as most doctors or pharmacists won’t prescribe weight loss injections to those under 18. 

Likewise, avoid using weight loss injections if you have previously had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients. For example, if you have had an allergic reaction to liraglutide, steer clear of Saxenda. 

Be sure to let your doctor or pharmacist know if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. This is because some weight loss medications could impact the pregnancy. 

Tell your doctor about any medical conditions that you have before taking weight loss injections, regardless of the brand. For example, if you have had stomach problems, mental health problems such as depression, or issues with your pancreas, kidneys (kidney failure) or liver. 

Begin Your Medicated Weight Loss Journey Today

If you’re looking to shed those extra pounds and kickstart your healthy lifestyle, our experts at Dr Franks Weight Loss Clinic are here for you. 

We offer personalised care and can determine the best weight loss treatment for you and your circumstances. 

Our GLP-1 medication can help you to feel full for longer by delaying the speed your stomach releases its contents. Ultimately, it can lower your body’s weight and curb hunger. This medication affects your brain’s reward centre, which can prevent you from snacking in between meals. 

Take advantage of our 1-on-1 coaching, which will help you along your weight loss journey. When taking weight loss injections, we want to help you lose weight and maintain weight once you’re happy. 

Our helpful personalised nutrition plans can ensure you don’t regain weight; - once you have achieved your desired weight, we can help you stay on track by providing you with a reduced-calorie meal plan. 

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