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Saxenda (liraglutide) is a medication used for chronic weight management in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity in certain groups of adult patients. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides  patients who need Saxenda prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.

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  • Usage

    Saxenda is a treatment used in adults with certain BMI and comorbidity characteristics for weight loss in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. Saxenda is similar to Victoza in that both are glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists using the ingredient liraglutide. Saxenda is also in a similar class of medications as Trulicity. However, Saxenda is not indicated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and should not be used at the same time as other GLP-1 receptor agonists or insulin. Saxenda is thought to work by helping to regulate one’s appetite, resulting in weight loss from eating fewer calories. The recommended dose is Saxenda 3 mg daily. Saxenda can be administered at any time of day, irrespective of meals. A dose escalation strategy is often used to ensure that Saxenda use is not causing gastrointestinal upset. Saxenda solution is available in pre-filled pens that can deliver Saxenda 0.6 mg, Saxenda 1.2 mg, Saxenda 1.8 mg, Saxenda 2.4 mg or Saxenda 3 mg doses.

  • Saxenda – Side Effects

    Saxenda, like other medications, can cause side effects when used. Side effects from Saxenda use include nausea, hypoglycemia, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, headache, decreased appetite, dyspepsia, fatigue, dizziness, stomach pain, and increased lipase. People who have a known hypersensitivity or allergy to Saxenda, liraglutide, Victoza or similar medications should not use Saxenda. Saxenda can cause thyroid tumors, including cancer, and should not be used by people who have, or have a family member with, MTC or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). Saxenda and alcohol should not be used together. Potential side effects related to Saxenda use should be discussed with one’s pharmacist and medical provider.

  • Cost Information

    Saxenda is an expensive medication, costing approximately $250 per Saxenda pen at most pharmacies. Saxenda coupons may be available to reduce the cost for people paying for the prescription directly. Also, some pharmacy plans may cover the cost of Saxenda use. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.

  • Dosage

    Saxenda is helpful in certain people who are looking to lose weight as liraglutide helps decrease caloric intake. Energy expenditure over 24 hours is generally unchanged with Saxenda use. Saxenda itself is clear and colorless and 1 mL of the Saxenda solution contains liraglutide 6 mg. Before being used for the first time, Saxenda should be stored between 36° F and 46° F and should not be stored in a freezer or directly adjacent to the refrigerator cooling element. Saxenda should not be frozen and should not be used if it is. Once used for the first time, the Saxenda pen, the pen can usually be stored for 30 days at controlled room temperature with the cap on when the Saxenda pen is not being used. Like many medications, Saxenda should not be exposed to excessive sunlight or heat.

  • FDA Information

    Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.

     

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