Saxenda: Side Effects Management & Prevention

Saxenda is an excellent medication that has helped thousands of people to lose weight and stay healthy.

However, just like most medications, Saxenda can come with some potential side effects which can vary in severity from person to person. The good news is that there are ways that you can manage these side effects effectively.

In today's blog post, we will look at the side effects of Saxenda and ways you can manage and prevent them. 

What Is Saxenda?

Saxenda has been useful for those trying to lose weight and can assist you effectively in your weight-loss journey alongside a calorie-reduced diet and regular exercise.

Saxenda mimics the hormone GLP-1 and stimulates the parts of the brain responsible for appetite and hunger cues. This helps to reduce your appetite and curb cravings, leading to more control over your food intake, reduced appetite and ultimately successful weight loss.

Just like Ozempic and Wegovy, Saxenda is a prescribed medication that is injected once a week. Each Saxenda pen lasts around six days - but as part of your treatment plan, you will receive the amount you need.

Potential Side Effects of Saxenda

Just like all weight loss medications, Saxenda comes with risks and side effects. Some of them include:

Gastrointestinal Symptoms

The most common side effects of Saxenda are gastrointestinal, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation

These symptoms often improve over time as the body adjusts to the medication.

Headache and Dizziness

You may experience headaches or dizziness while taking Saxenda. These side effects are usually mild and temporary but can be disruptive to daily activities. Finding ways to manage this can help you to feel more comfortable.

Injection Site Reactions

Your injection site may feel painful or appear red, this symptom is mild and should only last for an hour or so. However, if your injection side becomes hot and tender to touch and starts to produce unusual fluid, you must seek medical attention as it could be infected.

Hypoglycemia

Saxenda can lower blood sugar levels, which may increase the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in individuals with diabetes taking other medications that lower blood sugar. Those with diabetes need to monitor their blood sugar levels closely while taking Saxenda. For further details and a more in-depth understanding, you can always read the summary of product characteristics.

Positive Effects of Saxenda

Some of the positive effects of taking Saxenda for weight loss include:

Effective Weight Loss

Saxenda has been proven to help with weight loss in conjunction with a calorie-reduced diet and regular exercise. It can help you to lose weight quickly and safely whilst also helping you to build a healthier lifestyle.

Reduced Appetite

Saxenda helps regulate appetite and food intake by mimicking the hormone GLP-1. This can lead to reduced feelings of hunger and fewer cravings, making it easier for you to stick to your weight loss plan without feeling like you are deprived of food.

Improved Metabolic Health

You may find that by taking Saxenda you are reducing your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. This can positively impact your life and reduce the risk of obesity-related complications such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Managing Side Effects 

Although negative side effects may be uncomfortable to deal with, there are ways that you can manage them. Here are some ways you can manage each of the common symptoms:

Managing Nausea 

Eat bland and low-fat foods and foods that contain water such as soup. Additionally, getting plenty of fresh air and staying hydrated can help you to get the nausea under control. 

Managing Headaches

If you experience headaches or dizziness while taking Saxenda, try to rest in a quiet, dark room and stay hydrated. Over-the-counter pain relievers may help alleviate headache symptoms. Also, avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Managing Injection Site Reactions

Numbing the injection area with an ice pack or numbing cream before and after can help you with discomfort. You should also regularly change the area where you inject.

Managing Gastrointestinal Symptoms

For constipation, make sure you are eating plenty of fibre-rich foods and drinking plenty of water. For diarrhoea, eat foods that are gentle on the digestive system like bananas, rice and toast. If your symptoms persist, become difficult to manage or start to interrupt your day-to-day life, you should speak to a healthcare professional.

Can Saxenda Cause Cancer?

Concerns have been raised about the link between Saxenda and certain Cancers such as thyroid cancer. However, only animal studies have shown an increased risk of thyroid tumours - and there is very limited research to suggest that there is a link between Saxenda and Cancer in humans.

What Happens When I Stop Taking Saxenda?

During the course of your weight loss treatment, you should start to build healthy and sustainable habits that you are able to continue once you stop taking Saxenda.

When you stop taking Saxenda, you may experience some weight gain or fluctuations in your weight. This is completely normal, and not something you be too concerned about. Implementing a healthy and balanced diet and staying active will help you to maintain your weight and stay healthy. Be sure to talk to your doctor or medication provider about the next steps so that they can create a plan for you going forward.

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