Selected Important Safety Information
What is the most important information I should know about Saxenda®?
Serious side effects may happen in people who take Saxenda®, including:
Possible thyroid tumors, including cancer. Tell your health care professional if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In studies with rats and mice, Saxenda® and medicines that work like Saxenda® caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if Saxenda® will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people.
Do not use Saxenda® if you or any of your family have ever had MTC, or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). See below for full Important Safety Information.
Saxenda® is an FDA-approved prescription injectable medicine that may help some adults with excess weight (body mass index [BMI] ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems or obesity (BMI ≥30), lose weight and keep it off. Saxenda® should be used with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity. Click here for full Indications and Usage.
The Weight Loss Cycle
Working with your health care provider to create, monitor, and adjust your plan over time is an important part of weight management. Tell your health care provider where you are in the weight loss cycle:
I’ve made up my mind. It’s time to do this.
I’m feeling determined. I’m ready to consider the options I have available. I’ll choose the one to help me reach my goal.
I see a difference in my weight and so do others. I can do this.
It’s getting harder and I’m not losing weight anymore. Life is getting in the way. This is really frustrating. (Note: This is often where people find it hard to follow their plans and can revert back to old ways.)
I’m tired of this. I can’t keep it up, so I’m not going to and it’s a relief to stop trying so hard.
I feel exhausted and sad. I don’t even want to think about my weight right now.
Source: Ethnographic Weight-Loss Patient Journey Study. Novo Nordisk Inc. Custom Research January 2015.
Did you know that losing 5% to 10% of your weight is clinically significant? Taking weight off may help improve some weight-related health conditions.