Medical Weight Loss Treatment


Saxenda is a prescription liraglutide injection, made by Novo Nordisk, which is used to aid weight loss. Saxenda is only available on prescription in the UK and cannot be bought over-the-counter. Our online consultation and prescribing service can take the hassle out of buying Saxenda online in the UK by assessing your suitability and issuing an online prescription if it is deemed appropriate. You can also have a face to face consultation rather than a video consultation if you prefer

This treatment is widely considered to be a reliable and effective weight loss solution that involves the control of your appetite. Many people who try to lose weight by following healthier eating plans, exercise routines and even in some cases, more extreme diets, still struggle with maintaining weight loss. Often the problem of continuing to lose weight comes down to genetics and hormonal fluctuation which makes controlling appetite difficult. All too often, people who even have bariatric surgery, will still eventually put the weight they lose back on.

Saxenda is licensed for weight loss in adults with a BMI greater than 30 kg/m² (obese) or people with a BMI of less than 30 kg/m² with weight-related health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a breathing condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea. Saxenda may be prescribed to those with a BMI under 30 kg/m². When prescribed in this way, it is done so off-label.

Saxenda / Liraglutide – What is it?

Saxenda consists of liraglutide, which is a similar, but synthetic version of a hormone, known as GLP-1. This hormone is naturally produced in the intestine after you’ve eaten food. It is administered via injections and works as an appetite suppressant by telling the receptors to make you feel full and slowing down the digestion of food.As it reduces your appetite, it enables you to stick to a diet with a controlled daily calorie intake and can help you to lose weight consistently.

Saxenda is most effective when taken alongside a low-calorie diet and an active lifestyle. It is usually prescribed when other treatments, such as Mysimba or Orlistat, have been unsuccessful. You should follow a sensible diet and exercise plan which you must follow while taking Saxenda. Failing to follow this plan can result in insufficient weight loss to continue treatment and hinder your weight loss potential. Weight loss is a journey which takes hard work, with or without the help of medication. Once you finish treatment with Saxenda, you should continue to eat healthily and get regular exercise to keep your weight off.

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A consultation with a prescriber is needed prior to treatment to assess suitability.

Alternative treatments to Saxenda

Xenical (orlistat 120mg) is another prescription weight loss medicine, to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise modifications, which prevents some of the dietary fat from being absorbed. It is in the form of hard capsules.

Mysimba (naltrexone 8mg + bupropion 90mg) is a combination of two medicines which has been developed to help encourage weight loss by reducing appetite. It is available in tablet form.