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.
Find the Tools You Need to Move Forward
Part of staying on the right track is working with your health care provider to make choices that work for you. Use the tools below to help prepare for your conversation about weight management.
Determine your BMI
Finding out your BMI may be a place to start when considering Saxenda®. Keep in mind that your BMI number is not the only qualifier for a Saxenda® prescription, and your health care provider will assess other factors. BMI is a measurement that helps health care providers determine whether a person is carrying excess weight in relation to his or her height. The standard categories of BMI ranges are:
- Below 18.5 = underweight
- 18.5 to 24.9 = healthy weight
- 25.0 to 29.9 = overweight
- 30.0 or above = obese
Enter your height and weight in the fields below to calculate your BMI.
To learn more about BMI, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Saxenda® Patient Brochure
Whether you're considering weight-loss treatment or already taking Saxenda®, our patient brochure can help you learn more about what to expect. It includes helpful information on:
- The weight loss cycle
- Why it's so hard to lose weight and keep it off
- How Saxenda® works
- How much weight people taking Saxenda® have lost
- How to take Saxenda®
- The SaxendaCare® support program
Get a personalized Weight Exploration Report
Use this interactive tool to help you prepare for a discussion with your health care provider about Saxenda®. After answering a few questions, you will receive an overview of your past weight-management efforts to help create an action plan. This will come in a downloadable worksheet you can share with your health care provider.
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Connect with an obesity care provider
One of the first steps toward your weight-management goals may be speaking with an obesity care provider. Enter your area code in the field below to find one near you.
The contact information for these health care providers is provided as a courtesy, and it is not intended as an endorsement or recommendation of any physician. Novo Nordisk does not make any representations or guarantees about the qualifications, competence, or skills of any health care provider, the accuracy of any diagnosis, or the appropriateness of any treatment that a health care provider may prescribe or recommend. Patients should make their own, independent decisions regarding the capabilities and suitability of potential health care providers, and Novo Nordisk does not play a role in any patient-provider relationship you may establish.
Find an obesity care provider to talk about your weight and health today.