If you want to lose weight, Saxenda, an injectable weight loss drug can help you. Developed by Smart Dimensions, it might be one of the best weight loss medications on the market. “As one of the latest tools in the battle of the bulge,” Saxenda has taken up the meaning of the “Power of the Pen” being a device that features a pen but contains an FDA-approved drug for obesity treatment and helps adults with excess weight.
Novo Nordisk Korea published a real-world study with individuals with a BMI of over 30, treated with Saxenda for weight management lost an average of 8.1 kg (17.9 lbs) after six months in a real-world clinical setting, taken with diet and exercise.
The study investigated the real-world effectiveness of the drug, in combination with a calorie meal plan and increased physical activity. 311 Canadians who had taken up Saxenda for weight management were examined for four months and six months. After six months, the study’s participants achieved 7.1 percent of weight loss, with 63.4 percent of people losing 5 percent and 35.2 percent losing 10 percent of their body weight.
Saxenda is a once-daily, self-injectable drug in a prefilled pen that was made for individuals with a BMI of 30, which is also appropriate for those with a BMI of 27 who also have weight-related medical problems. The drug should be used with a reduced-calorie meal plan and exercise for better results.
Dr. Ian Yip, an endocrinologist, describes the medicine as a “lifelong change” because obesity is a chronic disease.
Board-certified bariatric surgeon, Michael Russo, M.D. of Smart Dimensions, describes that Saxenda works by mimicking the hormone the body produces naturally, known as glucagon-like-peptide, whose purpose is to regulate appetite. By activating the same areas of the brain that works the same, Saxenda will make the patient less hungry, which not only helps in removing excess weight but in keeping it off.
Russo’s colleague at Smart Dimensions board-certified bariatric surgeon Mir B. Ali, M.D. reports that there may be some side effects. It includes nausea, diarrhea, constipation, headache, vomiting, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), decreased appetite, upset stomach, tiredness, dizziness, stomach pain, and changes in enzyme (lipase) levels in your blood. The most common is nausea that can occur when first starting Saxenda, but typically decreases over time.
The drug was first approved for diabetes treatment in 2012, called Victoza. After people treated with Victoza reported weight loss, researchers began to study it as an obesity treatment, producing a lower dose Sexanda.
“As new weight loss procedures and medications come on the market, we like them to stand the test of time before prescribing them to our patients so we can determine their efficacy, whether or not there are any side effects and what the long-term success ratio is,” Ali said in a statement. “Saxenda is proving to be a valuable tool in our arsenal.”