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 as well as Limitations of Use.
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.
Learn to Use Your Saxenda® Pen
- Call a SaxendaCare™ specialist at 1-844-363-4448
- Watch the step-by-step video below
- Read the full Instructions for Use
Consult your health care professional or pharmacist for instructions on how to
use the pen.
Needles are sold separately and may require a prescription in some states.
Do not share the pen or needles with anyone else. You may give an infection to them or receive an infection from them.
Always use a new needle for each injection. This will prevent contamination, infection, leakage, and blocked needles leading to the wrong dose.
Watch Saxenda® pen Instructions for Use
If you need a refresher on how to use the Saxenda® pen, this video may help. It features instructions on:
- Attaching the needle
- Checking the Saxenda® flow
- Selecting the dose
- Injecting the dose
- Removing the needle
- Disposing of the needle
About the pen
The parts of the Saxenda® pen are labeled below. Please read the Instructions for Use that came with your pen for complete information.
A.Pen cap: Always replace it to protect the medicine from light
B.Dose counter: View and center your appropriate dose before use
C.Dose pointer: Arrow lines up with your selected dose
D.Dose selector: Turn it to select your dose
E.Dose button: Press and hold it to inject your dose
Store new, unused Saxenda® pens in the refrigerator between 36°F and 46°F (2°C to 8°C). After first use, store in a refrigerator or at room temperature between 59°F and 86°F (15°C to 30°C). Pens in use should be thrown away after 30 days even if they still have Saxenda® left in them. Don’t freeze Saxenda®. Saxenda® that has been frozen must not be used.
Get comfortable with the Saxenda® dose escalation schedule
See the Saxenda® dosing schedule from the starting dose (0.6 mg) to the full dose (3.0 mg), usually reached at week 5. Your health care professional will create a dose escalation schedule for you based on how well you tolerate Saxenda®. Be sure to discuss any potential side effects or other concerns with your health care professional.
Use the Saxenda® pen at home or on the go
Saxenda® is a once-daily, self-injectable medicine that comes in a prefilled pen. Take your medicine each day at any time that is convenient for you, with or without food. Inject your dose under the skin (this is called subcutaneous injection) in your stomach area (abdomen), upper leg (thigh), or upper arm as instructed by your health care professional. Do not inject into a vein or muscle. Please see Saxenda® Instructions for Use for more information.
Prepare the pen
Learn how to prepare the Saxenda® pen below. Please read the Instructions for Use that came with your pen for complete instructions.