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How long does a Saxenda pen last?

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A single 3ml pre-filled injection pen lasts for 17 days during the dose-escalation period, while a pack of five pens lasts 30 days once the maximum dose has been reached.

Saxenda should be stored in the refrigerator between 2°C and 8°C when not in use, and should not be used after 30 days of opening even if there is still medication left.

The duration of Saxenda treatment will depend on a doctor’s advice, and combining the medication with regular physical activity and a healthy diet can yield up to a 5% reduction in excess weight over 12 to 16 weeks of use.

When you first start taking Saxenda, you will need to gradually increase your starting dose by 0.6mg increments each week until you reach your maintenance dose of 3mg. This can be done with a single 3ml pre-filled injection pen that typically lasts for 17 days. After this, the first full pack of five pens will cover six weeks of treatment at the maintenance dose. Once you’ve completed the 4-week dose-escalation period and achieved the maintenance dose, each 3ml injection pen lasts 6 days and a pack of five pens will last 30 days.

Storing Saxenda

Saxenda comes in an easy-to-use liquid pen injector. All new and unused Saxenda pens should be stored in a refrigerator between 2°C and 8°C. After first use, the pens can either be kept in the refrigerator or at room temperature between 15°C and 30°C. For pens that were frozen before use – even if they appear to look fine – they must not be used under any circumstances as this may reduce their potency or cause spoilage. Once the pen has been opened and used for 30 days, it should no longer be used even if there is still Saxenda left. To get the most out of your Saxenda dose, make sure that you store it properly by following these guidelines. Keeping your Saxenda within the correct storage environment will enable you to get maximum results from your treatment plan and achieve your desired goals safely.

Where to inject Saxenda

While the injection pen is easy to use, it’s important to be aware of where you should and shouldn’t inject it. Suitable sites for administering Saxenda include your abdomen, upper arm or upper thigh; however, do not inject into muscle or veins as this could result in serious injury and even fatality. A doctor can instruct you on how to use the pen safely, and they may also review your technique in person.

How long should you continue with Saxenda treatment?

There is no fixed period for treatment with Saxenda as it will depend on your doctor’s advice. Patients should speak with a healthcare provider before starting a regime with Saxenda as they can determine how long you should use it. For some individuals, between 12 weeks and 16 weeks might be necessary to have an impact on their current weight management program. Depending on the results, your doctor will decide if the medication is still the best option for you and assess if further use may be beneficial to reach your goals safely. When combined with healthy lifestyle choices such as a calorie-controlled diet and regular exercise of 45 minutes per day, there were an average of 5% reduction in body weight when using Saxenda for up to 16 continuous weeks in clinical trials. This suggests that continued usage of the medicine after 12 weeks could yield further success when monitored.

Does Saxenda work immediately?

Saxenda reaches its maximum concentration in the body 11 hours after injection, so it will begin to work relatively quickly for those who take it. It’s recommended to follow up with your health care provider 2 to 8 weeks after starting Saxenda to see if it’s working and assess any potential side effects. Additionally, lifestyle changes such as getting enough sleep, regularly participating in physical activity and managing stress can also play a significant role in maintaining or achieving a successful weight loss journey while on Saxenda. Ultimately, patience is required when using Saxenda—it takes time to lose body weight with the medication and a healthy lifestyle.

How long does Saxenda stay in your system?

After around 13 hours, your body will start to break down the medication, so the effects will begin to diminish and it may take a few days for it to completely leave your system. Saxenda works by releasing liraglutide which is similar to a natural hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) normally released from the intestine after a meal signalling that you have eaten enough. Receiving an injection of Saxenda enables those hormones to be prolonged creating longer satiating properties that help decrease unwanted hunger cravings and subsequently easing a reduced-calorie diet.

Will lowering the dose reduce any common side effects?

Changing your daily dose of liraglutide may have an impact on the side effects you experience, although these are usually minimal and can be improved over time. As you slowly increase your dose, some of the minor side effects may become slightly worse than before, but they should go away quickly as your body adjusts to the treatment. It is important to keep in mind that everyone responds differently to medicine, so make sure you speak with your healthcare provider if you appear to have an allergic reaction. They will be able to make sure your treatment is going as planned and ensure that you do not have any cause for concern.

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