Saxenda (liraglutide injection)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERIC NAME: liraglutide (rDNA origin) injection

BRAND NAME: Saxenda

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

USES:

  • Saxenda is prescribed to help some obese or overweight adults with weight-related medical problems to lose weight and keep the weight off.
  • It is approved for use in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise for the long term weight management of adults with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese) or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight), plus at least one weight related medical condition (for example, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high blood cholesterol levels).
  • Saxenda is not approved for treatment of diabetes.

SIDE EFFECTS:

The most common side effects of Saxenda include:

Saxenda may cause some rare but serious side effects including:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/26/2016

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