You may have heard about weight loss injections from celebrities like Gemma Collins and Kerry Katona, who have shared their remarkable weight loss journeys using a skinny pen on Instagram. But what are weight loss injections? Do they really work? Most importantly, can anyone get them, or do you have to be a celeb to get in on this product?
We’ll start with the most pressing question here. Anyone who qualifies can get weight loss injections. Saxenda is specifically designed for people who are obese (meaning they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher) and have unsuccessfully lost weight with diet and exercise alone. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
When used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen, the Saxenda weight loss injection can help you safely lose weight and keep it off for good! Here’s everything you need to know about what Saxenda is and how it works so you can decide if it’s right for you to try.
What is weight loss injection?
Sometimes, diet and exercise just aren’t enough to get rid of stubborn fat. Weight loss injections can help obese people get better weight loss results than they could with diet and exercise alone.
What does it do?
Saxenda works by making you feel less hungry, so you end up consuming fewer calories. Each Saxenda injection contains liraglutide, an active ingredient similar to the hormone GLP-1, which naturally exists in your body.
Your body stores GLP-1 in your intestines. Normally, when you eat a meal, your body will naturally release GLP-1 to reduce the amount of glucagon (a hormone that inhibits insulin) and regulate your blood sugar levels.
By taking Saxenda weight loss injections, you will be giving your body an additional “boost” to slow down the amount of time it takes for your stomach to empty and make you feel full for longer. Most people lose at least five percent of their initial body weight after completing 12 weeks of maximum dosage treatment. If you have completed your 12 weeks of treatment at 3.0mg and have not lost this amount of weight, you should discontinue treatment.
Because of how Saxenda works, it is best to use it along with a calorie-controlled diet. This will ensure that you are taking in fewer calories to help you reach your weight loss goals.
How do I take Saxenda?
It’s easy to take Saxenda, and the best part is that you will use it from the comfort of your own home.
The Saxenda injection is a small injection that you self-administer at the same time every day, with or without food. It’s best to inject it under your skin, either in your abdomen, front of your thigh, or upper arm, making sure that you don’t inject it into a muscle or vein.
You will start with the lowest dose and work up toward the maximum dosage using increments of .6mg. By gradually increasing your Saxenda dose week by week, you will minimise side effects such as diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting. If you feel any of these side effects when you increase your dose, go back to a smaller dose and remain there for two weeks before increasing it again. If you still have intolerable side effects, you should stop treatment.
How long does one Saxenda pen last?
Saxenda injections come in a pre-filled 3ml injection pen (sometimes referred to as a skinny pen). You will start with a small dose of .6mg and gradually work up to taking a 3.0mg dose.
That means that how long one Saxenda pen lasts will depend on how long you have been taking it. When you first start, one pen will last 17 days, so your first full pack of five pens will last for six weeks. By the time you reach the maximum dosage of 3.0mg (around week five for most people), one pen will last six days, and your full pack of five pens will last 30 days.
Where can I get Saxenda?
There are a lot of online stores that sell Saxenda. It’s important to do your research to make sure you are purchasing your weight loss injection from a safe website. Check an online pharmacy’s credentials before making any purchases to verify that the website is certified by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Having CQC certification means that a pharmacy follows all CQC regulations to ensure high standards, patient safety, and accurate information. The CQC performs careful checks to ensure that the company only dispenses genuine medicine.
The MHRA approves companies to sell medicines online. By law, only MHRA approved pharmacies are legally allowed to sell medicine through a website.
Additionally, make sure you buy Saxenda from a registered internet pharmacy. In Great Britain, all pharmacies, including online pharmacies, must register with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
PrivateDoc meets all of these credentialing criteria and more. If you purchase Saxenda (or any other medicine) from PrivateDoc, you can rest assured that your medicine is safe and ready for you to use.
How much do weight loss injections cost?
The exact cost of weight loss injections can vary from one provider to another. Many providers charge exorbitant rates, while other, less reputable providers, may charge significantly less but provide a lower quality product.
At PrivateDoc, you can get one Saxenda pen for £74.99, two pens for £149.99, or a pack of five pens for £300, which brings the cost down to £60 per pen.
How do you get Saxenda?
The first step to getting Saxenda is to schedule a free private online consultation with a medical professional. After reviewing your medical history and learning more about your weight loss goals, they can help determine if Saxenda is right for you.
This piece was created in collaboration with PrivateDoc for which we received payment.