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Saxenda (liraglutide injection)

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Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Jay W. Marks, MD

Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

ARTICLE RELATED DISEASES IMAGES & QUIZZES INDEX Weight Gain Shockers Slideshow Pictures Take the Quiz on Belly Fat The Best Diet Tips Ever Slideshow Pictures GENERIC NAME: liraglutide (rDNA origin) injectionBRAND NAME: Saxenda

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

USES:

Saxenda is prescribed to help some obese or overweight adults with weight-related medical problems to lose weight and keep the weight off. It is approved for use in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise for the long term weight management of adults with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese) or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight), plus at least one weight related medical condition (for example, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high blood cholesterol levels). Saxenda is not approved for treatment of diabetes.

SIDE EFFECTS:

The most common side effects of Saxenda include:

Nausea Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) Diarrhea Constipation Vomiting Stomach distension Flatulence (intestinal gas) Injection site reactions Insomnia Anxiety Increased heart rate Abnormal physical weakness Dry mouth Headache Decreased appetite Heartburn Fatigue Dizziness Stomach pain Increased lipase (enzyme) in your blood

Saxenda may cause some rare but serious side effects including:

Thyroid tumors or cancer inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) Gallbladder disease Increased heart rate Kidney disease Serious allergic reactions, Depression or thoughts of suicide

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