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.
Saxenda® Dosing Schedule
If you need help staying on track with Saxenda®, you have multiple options. You can contact your health care provider with questions or concerns, or view the dosing schedule below for a refresher. SaxendaCare® coaches can also help answer your questions about how to take Saxenda®. They're available Monday – Friday, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm ET, by calling 1-844-363-4448.
Review the Saxenda® dosing schedule
The Saxenda® dosing schedule was designed to help you get the most from your medicine and to minimize gastrointestinal side effects. Review the schedule below, and be sure to schedule a 4-month follow-up appointment with your health care provider. Contact him or her sooner if you have questions about dosing or side effects. Your prescription of Saxenda® contains enough medicine for 30 days.
Below is a dosing schedule to guide you through the starting dosage of 0.6 mg to the dosage of 3 mg.
Use Saxenda® exactly as prescribed by your health care provider. After you start Saxenda®, provided you have no issues with tolerating it, your dose should be increased weekly until you reach the 3-mg dose. After that, do not change your dose unless your health care provider tells you to. If you have any questions, call your health care provider.
If you received a sample of Saxenda®, please note that it will last for 17 days. You will need to start a new prescription on day 18, so be sure to fill your prescription right away.
Nausea is the most common side effect when first starting Saxenda®, but decreases over time in most people as their body gets used to the medicine. For additional side effects, please refer to the Medication Guide.
If you miss your daily dose of Saxenda®, use Saxenda® as soon as you remember. Then, take your next daily dose as usual on the following day. Do not take an extra dose of Saxenda® or increase your dose on the following day to make up for your missed dose. If you miss your dose of Saxenda® for 3 days or more, call your health care provider to talk about how to restart your treatment.
How to take Saxenda®
Saxenda® is a once-daily injectable medicine available in a prefilled pen. It’s the first and only FDA-approved weight-loss medicine in a pen that helps you lose weight and keep it off. Learn how to take Saxenda® above and talk to your health care provider if you have any questions.
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