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SAXENDA® FOR TEENS

Saxenda® (liraglutide) injection 3 mg is an injectable prescription medicine used for adults with excess weight (BMI ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems or obesity (BMI ≥30), and children aged 12-17 years with a body weight above 132 pounds (60 kg) and obesity to help them lose weight and keep the weight off. Saxenda® should be used with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. Click here for full Indications and Usage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

As you and your teen consider weight-loss therapy with Saxenda®, questions are sure to arise. Click on the sections below to learn more about Saxenda®, how to take it, potential side effects, co-pay savings, and the support that is available to you.

About Saxenda®

What is Saxenda®?

Saxenda® is an injectable prescription medicine used for adults with obesity or who are overweight (excess weight) who also have weight-related medical problems and children aged 12 to 17 years with a body weight above 132 pounds and obesity, to help them lose weight and keep the weight off.

 

  • Saxenda® should be used with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.
  • Saxenda® and Victoza® have the same active ingredient, liraglutide, and should not be used together or with other GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter medicines, or herbal weight-loss products.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective in children aged 12 to 17 years with type 2 diabetes.

How does Saxenda® work?

Saxenda® addresses one of the body's natural responses to weight loss.

 

  • The body natually produces an appetite hormone that helps regulate hunger.
  • Saxenda® is believed to work in a similar way, regulating appetite to make your teen feel less hungry and more full with less food—which can lead to eating fewer calories and losing weight.

What is my teen's BMI?

If you're not sure what your teen's Body Mass Index (BMI) is, you can quickly determine it by using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) BMI Calculator for Children and Teens below. Please note that the calculator is for informational purposes only. Your results will not be stored.

 

BMI Calculator for Child and Teens
  

❗ Please check the accuracy of the information you entered.

Birth Date must be at least 2 years before Date of Measurement. If the child is under 2 years old, BMI cannot be calculated. Consult a healthcare provider for assessment.

Based on the Birth Date and Date of Measurement, the calculated age is 20 years or older. This calculator can be used only if the calculated age is less than 20 years old.

    

Age: Select Age

      

or enter only the total number of months:

Birth Date: Select Date

           

Date of Measurement: Select Date

           

Sex: Select Sex

   
    

Height (decimal places allowed): Select Height

Height, to nearest 1/8 inch: Select Height

       

(12 inches = 1 foot; Example: 4 feet, 5 1/2 inches)

    

Weight (decimal places allowed): Select Weight

   

How long will my teen stay on Saxenda®?

Chronic diseases like obesity usually require long-term treatment. Your teen's health care provider will create a plan tailored to his or her weight-management goals. Your teen will need to visit his or her health care provider 4 months after starting on Saxenda® to review their progress and renew their prescription.

Using the Saxenda® Pen

Does my teen's health care provider need to do the injections?

Your teen's health care provider will teach him or her how to inject Saxenda® before taking it for the first time. If you or your teen have questions or do not understand the instructions, ask your teen's health care provider or pharmacist. See the full Patient Instructions for Use that come with the Medication Guide for detailed information about the right way to use the Saxenda® pen. 

Where on the body is Saxenda® injected?

Saxenda® is injected under the skin (this is called a subcutaneous injection) in the stomach area (abdomen), upper leg (thigh), or upper arm as instructed by your teen's health care provider. It is not to be injected into a vein or muscle.

Saxenda® is self‐injectable in the upper arm, abdomen, or thigh

What is the dosing schedule?

The starting dosage is 0.6 mg per day for 1 week. Your teen should increase the dose each week until the dose of 3 mg is reached, as prescribed. The dosing schedule is designed to help minimize gastrointestinal side effects. If your teen starts with a sample pen, he or she will need a prescription in order to complete the dose escalation.

 

If your teen has trouble tolerating an increased dose or the 3-mg dose, or if you have any other questions, be sure to call your teen's health care provider.

 

Saxenda® for teens dosing schedule

What time should Saxenda® be dosed?

Saxenda® can be taken at any time, independent of meals. It's best to be taken at the same time every day, at a time that's convenient and easy for your teen to remember.

 

How are needles handled and disposed of?

After the injection is complete, your teen should carefully remove the needle from the pen. The needle cap should not be put back on the needle, and the needle should immediately be placed in a sharps container, to reduce the risk of needlesticks. The pen cap should be put back on after each use to protect Saxenda® from light. Needles are not to be discarded in household trash or recycling bins.

How long does the pen last?

If your teen is taking the 3-mg dose, each pen will last 6 days.

How is Saxenda® stored?

Store new, unused Saxenda® pens in the refrigerator between 36°F and 46°F (2°C to 8°C). After first use, store in a refrigerator or at room temperature between 59°F and 86°F (15°C to 30°C). Pens in use should be thrown away after 30 days even if they still have Saxenda® left in them. Don’t freeze Saxenda®. Saxenda® that has been frozen must not be used.

What kind of needles should be used?

The Saxenda® pen should be used with Novo Nordisk disposable needles. Needles are sold separately and may require a prescription in some states. Novo Nordisk cannot guarantee that needles from other manufacturers will fit the pen because Novo Nordisk has only studied Novo Nordisk needles with the pen.

Side Effects

Will my teen experience nausea?

If your teen experiences nausea while taking Saxenda®, ask his or her health care provider about ways to manage it. He or she may suggest some of the following:

 

  • Eat bland, low-fat foods, like crackers, toast, and rice
  • Eat foods that contain water, like soups and gelatin
  • Don't lie down after you eat
  • Go outside to get some fresh air

 

The dosing schedule is designed to reduce the likelihood of gastrointestinal symptoms. Tell your teen's health care provider if he or she has any side effect that is bothersome or that does not go away. Learn more about Saxenda®, including possible side effects, in the Medication Guide.

Savings

Is there a savings card?

Click here to print or activate a Saxenda® Savings Card.

 

Our Co-pay Calculator can help you see how much your teen's Saxenda® will cost. Calculate your co-pay.

Information and Support

Will my teen have to watch what he or she eats and increase their physical activity?

Your teen will work with his or her health care provider to follow a low-calorie meal plan and increase their physical activity while taking Saxenda® for weight management.

Can Saxenda® be taken with other weight-loss products?

Saxenda® has not been evaluated in combination with other prescription weight-loss medicines or weight-loss supplements. Saxenda® has the potential to change how other medicines are absorbed. Your teen should use caution when taking Saxenda® with oral medicines. Tell your teen's health care provider about all the medicines he or she takes, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What support is available?

Saxenda® Together Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are available to provide tips and ideas on how to partner with your teen who is taking Saxenda®. They can also answer questions for caregivers who are considering Saxenda® treatment for their teen. Just call the free Saxenda® Together hotline at 1-833-688-1343 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 8:00 PM ET.

    

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INDICATION AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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What is Saxenda®?

Saxenda® (liraglutide) injection 3 mg is an injectable prescription medicine used for adults with excess weight (BMI ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems or obesity (BMI ≥30), and children aged 12-17 years with a body weight above 132 pounds (60 kg) and obesity to help them lose weight and keep the weight off. Saxenda® should be used with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity.

  • Saxenda® and Victoza® have the same active ingredient, liraglutide, and should not be used together or with other GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter medicines, or herbal weight-loss products.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective in children aged 12 to 17 years with type 2 diabetes.
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Do not share your Saxenda® pen with others even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection or get a serious infection from them.

What is the most important information I should know about Saxenda®?

Serious side effects may happen in people who take Saxenda®, including:

Possible thyroid tumors, including cancer. Tell your health care professional if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In studies with rats and mice, Saxenda® and medicines that work like Saxenda® caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if Saxenda® will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people.

Do not use Saxenda® if you or any of your family have ever had MTC, or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).

Who should not use Saxenda®?

Do not use Saxenda® if:

  • you or any of your family have ever had MTC or if you have MEN 2.
  • you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the ingredients in Saxenda®.
  • you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Saxenda® may harm your unborn baby.

Before taking Saxenda®, tell your health care provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • are taking certain medicines called GLP-1 receptor agonists.
  • have severe problems with your stomach, such as slowed emptying of your stomach (gastroparesis) or problems with digesting food.
  • have or have had problems with your pancreas, kidneys or liver.
  • have or have had depression or suicidal thoughts, or mental health issues.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Saxenda® passes into your breast milk. You and your health care provider should decide if you will use Saxenda® or breastfeed.

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Saxenda® slows stomach emptying and can affect medicines that need to pass through the stomach quickly. Saxenda® may affect the way some medicines work and some other medicines may affect the way Saxenda® works. Tell your health care provider if you take diabetes medicines, especially insulin and sulfonylurea medicines. 

How should I use Saxenda®?

  • Inject your dose of Saxenda® under the skin (subcutaneously) in your stomach area (abdomen), upper leg (thigh), or upper arm, as instructed by your health care provider. Do not inject into a vein or muscle.

What are the possible side effects of Saxenda®?

Saxenda® may cause serious side effects, including:

  • inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Stop using Saxenda® and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel the pain from your stomach area (abdomen) to your back.
  • gallbladder problems. Saxenda® may cause gallbladder problems, including gallstones. Some gallbladder problems need surgery. Call your health care provider if you have any of the following symptoms: pain in your upper stomach (abdomen), fever, yellowing of your skin or eyes (jaundice), or clay-colored stools.
  • increased risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in adults with type 2 diabetes who also take medicines to treat type 2 diabetes such as sulfonylureas or insulin.
  • risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in children who are 12 years of age and older without type 2 diabetes.
  • Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include: shakiness, sweating, headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, and feeling jittery. You should check your blood sugar before you start taking Saxenda® and while you take Saxenda®.
  • increased heart rate. Saxenda® can increase your heart rate while you are at rest. Your health care provider should check your heart rate while you take Saxenda®. Tell your health care professional if you feel your heart racing or pounding in your chest and it lasts for several minutes.
  • kidney problems (kidney failure). Saxenda® may cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea leading to loss of fluids (dehydration). Dehydration may cause kidney failure, which can lead to the need for dialysis. This can happen in people who have never had kidney problems before. Drinking plenty of fluids may reduce your chance of dehydration. Call your health care provider right away if you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea that does not go away, or if you cannot drink liquids by mouth.
  • serious allergic reactions. Stop using Saxenda® and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, fainting or feeling dizzy, very rapid heartbeat, problems breathing or swallowing, or severe rash or itching.
  • depression or thoughts of suicide. You should pay attention to any mental changes, especially sudden changes, in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. Call your health care provider right away if you have any mental changes that are new, worse, or worry you.

The most common side effects of Saxenda® in adults include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, injection site reaction, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), headache, tiredness (fatigue), dizziness, stomach pain, and change in enzyme (lipase) levels in your blood. Additional common side effects in children are fever and gastroenteritis.

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What is Saxenda®?

Saxenda® (liraglutide) injection 3 mg is an injectable prescription medicine used for adults with excess weight (BMI ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems or obesity (BMI ≥30), and children aged 12-17 years with a body weight above 132 pounds (60 kg) and obesity to help them lose weight and keep the weight off. Saxenda® should be used with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity.

  • Saxenda® and Victoza® have the same active ingredient, liraglutide, and should not be used together or with other GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter medicines, or herbal weight-loss products.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective in children aged 12 to 17 years with type 2 diabetes.

Please click here for Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for Saxenda®

Saxenda® is a prescription medication.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

INDICATION AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What is Saxenda®?

Saxenda® (liraglutide) injection 3 mg is an injectable prescription medicine used for adults with excess weight (BMI ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems or obesity (BMI ≥30), and children aged 12-17 years with a body weight above 132 pounds (60 kg) and obesity to help them lose weight and keep the weight off. Saxenda® should be used with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity.

  • Saxenda® and Victoza® have the same active ingredient, liraglutide, and should not be used together or with other GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter medicines, or herbal weight-loss products.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective in children aged 12 to 17 years with type 2 diabetes.

Do not share your Saxenda® pen with others even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection or get a serious infection from them.

What is the most important information I should know about Saxenda®?

Serious side effects may happen in people who take Saxenda®, including:

Possible thyroid tumors, including cancer. Tell your health care professional if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In studies with rats and mice, Saxenda® and medicines that work like Saxenda® caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if Saxenda® will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people.

Do not use Saxenda® if you or any of your family have ever had MTC, or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).

Who should not use Saxenda®?

Do not use Saxenda® if:

  • you or any of your family have ever had MTC or if you have MEN 2.
  • you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the ingredients in Saxenda®.
  • you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Saxenda® may harm your unborn baby.

Before taking Saxenda®, tell your health care provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • are taking certain medicines called GLP-1 receptor agonists.
  • have severe problems with your stomach, such as slowed emptying of your stomach (gastroparesis) or problems with digesting food.
  • have or have had problems with your pancreas, kidneys or liver.
  • have or have had depression or suicidal thoughts, or mental health issues.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Saxenda® passes into your breast milk. You and your health care provider should decide if you will use Saxenda® or breastfeed.

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Saxenda® slows stomach emptying and can affect medicines that need to pass through the stomach quickly. Saxenda® may affect the way some medicines work and some other medicines may affect the way Saxenda® works. Tell your health care provider if you take diabetes medicines, especially insulin and sulfonylurea medicines. 

How should I use Saxenda®?

  • Inject your dose of Saxenda® under the skin (subcutaneously) in your stomach area (abdomen), upper leg (thigh), or upper arm, as instructed by your health care provider. Do not inject into a vein or muscle.

What are the possible side effects of Saxenda®?

Saxenda® may cause serious side effects, including:

  • inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Stop using Saxenda® and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel the pain from your stomach area (abdomen) to your back.
  • gallbladder problems. Saxenda® may cause gallbladder problems, including gallstones. Some gallbladder problems need surgery. Call your health care provider if you have any of the following symptoms: pain in your upper stomach (abdomen), fever, yellowing of your skin or eyes (jaundice), or clay-colored stools.
  • increased risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in adults with type 2 diabetes who also take medicines to treat type 2 diabetes such as sulfonylureas or insulin.
  • risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in children who are 12 years of age and older without type 2 diabetes.
  • Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include: shakiness, sweating, headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, and feeling jittery. You should check your blood sugar before you start taking Saxenda® and while you take Saxenda®.
  • increased heart rate. Saxenda® can increase your heart rate while you are at rest. Your health care provider should check your heart rate while you take Saxenda®. Tell your health care professional if you feel your heart racing or pounding in your chest and it lasts for several minutes.
  • kidney problems (kidney failure). Saxenda® may cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea leading to loss of fluids (dehydration). Dehydration may cause kidney failure, which can lead to the need for dialysis. This can happen in people who have never had kidney problems before. Drinking plenty of fluids may reduce your chance of dehydration. Call your health care provider right away if you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea that does not go away, or if you cannot drink liquids by mouth.
  • serious allergic reactions. Stop using Saxenda® and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, fainting or feeling dizzy, very rapid heartbeat, problems breathing or swallowing, or severe rash or itching.
  • depression or thoughts of suicide. You should pay attention to any mental changes, especially sudden changes, in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. Call your health care provider right away if you have any mental changes that are new, worse, or worry you.

The most common side effects of Saxenda® in adults include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, injection site reaction, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), headache, tiredness (fatigue), dizziness, stomach pain, and change in enzyme (lipase) levels in your blood. Additional common side effects in children are fever and gastroenteritis.

What is Saxenda®?

Saxenda® (liraglutide) injection 3 mg is an injectable prescription medicine used for adults with excess weight (BMI ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems or obesity (BMI ≥30), and children aged 12-17 years with a body weight above 132 pounds (60 kg) and obesity to help them lose weight and keep the weight off. Saxenda® should be used with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity.

  • Saxenda® and Victoza® have the same active ingredient, liraglutide, and should not be used together or with other GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter medicines, or herbal weight-loss products.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.
  • It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective in children aged 12 to 17 years with type 2 diabetes.

Please click here for Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for Saxenda®

Saxenda® is a prescription medication.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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