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Saxenda Malaysia

Effectively managing a chronic condition such as obesity demands more than mere willpower. Saxenda® offers support for adults combating obesity, as well as certain adolescents aged 12-17 dealing with obesity, and select adults contending with excess weight and weight-related health issues. 

Appropriate Use

Unlocking an additional dimension of effectiveness, Saxenda® extends its benefits to teenagers aged 12-17 years, who grapple with obesity and a body weight surpassing 132 pounds (60 kg).

What Is Saxenda?

Saxenda® (liraglutide) injection 3 mg is a prescribed injectable medication designed for adults grappling with excess weight (BMI ≥27) coupled with weight-related medical conditions or obesity (BMI ≥30). It also extends its efficacy to adolescents aged 12-17 years with a body weight exceeding 132 pounds (60 kg) and obesity, aiding in weight reduction and maintenance. Saxenda® is intended for use alongside a calorie-restricted diet and enhanced physical activity regimen.

It’s essential to note that both Saxenda® and Victoza® share the active ingredient liraglutide, hence, they should not be used concurrently or with other GLP-1 receptor agonist medications. The safety and effectiveness of Saxenda® when combined with other prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or herbal weight-loss supplements remain undetermined. Additionally, its suitability and effectiveness in children under 12 years old and adolescents aged 12 to 17 years with type 2 diabetes have yet to be established.

Safety Information On Saxenda

Under no circumstances should you share your Saxenda® pen with others, even if the needle has been replaced. Sharing may lead to serious infections, posing risks of transmission between individuals. It’s essential to maintain strict adherence to individual use to mitigate the potential for severe infections.

Potential serious side effects are associated with Saxenda® usage, including the risk of thyroid tumors, which may include cancer. It’s crucial to inform your healthcare provider immediately if you notice any lump or swelling in your neck, experience hoarseness, have difficulty swallowing, or encounter shortness of breath, as these could be indicators of thyroid cancer. Studies conducted on rodents have shown a correlation between Saxenda® and medications with similar mechanisms, and the development of thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. However, it’s uncertain whether Saxenda® poses a similar risk to humans, particularly regarding medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC).

Additionally, Saxenda® should not be used if you or any of your family members have a history of MTC or if you have a condition known as Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).

Avoid Saxenda® usage if:

  • You or any family member has a history of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or if you have MEN 2.
  • You’ve experienced a severe allergic reaction to liraglutide or any components present in Saxenda®. Refer to the symptoms of severe allergic reactions outlined in “What are the possible side effects of Saxenda®?”
  • You are pregnant or considering pregnancy. Saxenda® usage may pose risks to the unborn baby and should be avoided.

It’s imperative to heed these precautions to ensure safe and effective use of Saxenda®.

Prior to initiating Saxenda®, it’s crucial to inform your healthcare provider about your medical history, including:

  • Any existing medical conditions, especially if you’re taking medications known as GLP-1 receptor agonists.
  • Severe gastric issues like gastroparesis or digestive complications.
  • Past or current complications related to your pancreas, kidneys, or liver.
  • History of depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental health concerns.
  • If you’re breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, as the transfer of Saxenda® into breast milk is not fully understood. Your healthcare provider will help weigh the benefits against potential risks.

Additionally, disclose all medications you’re currently taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Saxenda® can influence stomach emptying, which may impact the absorption of certain medications. Conversely, some medications may affect Saxenda® efficacy. It’s particularly important to discuss any diabetes medications you’re using, notably insulin and sulfonylureas.

By providing comprehensive information, you and your healthcare provider can ensure the safe and effective use of Saxenda®.

Recommended Usage of Saxenda®: A Step-by-Step Guide

For proper administration of Saxenda®, it’s crucial to follow the Instructions for Use provided with the medication. Here’s a simplified guide:

  1. Refer to the detailed Instructions for Use accompanying Saxenda®.
  2. Administer your prescribed dose of Saxenda® subcutaneously (under the skin) in either your abdomen (stomach area), upper thigh (leg), or upper arm, as directed by your healthcare professional. Avoid injection into veins or muscles.
  3. Ensure you rotate your injection sites within the chosen area with each dose. This rotation helps minimize the risk of developing skin lumps (cutaneous amyloidosis). Avoid using the same injection site repeatedly.

By adhering to these guidelines, you can optimize your Saxenda® usage for maximum effectiveness and safety. For any concerns or queries regarding administration, consult your healthcare provider for personalized guidance.

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