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Medication for obesity: what it can do

Overweight and obesity are complex health problems with multiple causes and factors. As such, they are more complicated to heal since the condition must be approached with a multilevel strategy. Factors identified as obesity or overweight causes include genetics, psychological traits, trauma, bad habits, social context and underlying organic conditions. An unidimensional approach will rarely be enough to solve the problem of obesity.

The key to weight loss is a combination of exercise and a low-calorie diet, but in many cases this is very difficult to do for people with obesity problems. They need a more complete intervention in order to change their habits, their relationship with food and their self-perception of hunger and saciety. Techniques such as psychotherapy, coaching, group therapy and surgery have proven to be effective, depending on the case. Also, there is medication that people with obesity or overweight can take as an extra help for their weight loss programme.

Most weight loss medication help the brain get a feeling of saciety, so the patient eats less. Other possible effects include stimulating the metabolism of fat or sugar, and ansiolitic medication can be prescribed if the patient's eating habits are a response to the mismanagement of stress.


One of the most recently approved medications for obesity is Saxenda. Its active content is liraglutide, which was originally used as a type 2 diabetes prescription. However, doctors observed that many liraglutide users reported weight loss, so clinical research was conducted in order to determine whether or not this drug could be used to treat obesity. Results showed an increased percentage in weight loss for both obese and overweight people using the drug daily when compared to placebo.

When prescribed for weight loss, Saxenda must be taken daily as a self-administered injection in the abdomen, arm or tigh. Starting dose is 0.6 mg, which is much lower than the therapeutic dose; this is so your stomach can get used to the drug progressively and side effects are reduced. Saxenda side effects include digestive conditions such as diarrhea, vomiting and constipation, as well as dizziness and headache among others. The most common side effect, however, is nausea, which affects most people taking the drug. In most cases, nausea is very mild and dissappears after a few days of taking Saxenda. This medication may also alter the levels of sugar and fat in your bloodstream. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding must not use it, as well as people with history of endocrine conditions or in treatment for type 2 diabetes. You must consult your doctor if you experience some of the most serious side effects recorded, including allergic reactions, tyroid tumours, increased heart rate or suicidal thoughts, as well as perturbation in your kidnes, pancreas and/or gallbladder.

Learn more about Saxenda

Even if liraglutide has been around for a couple years, as a medication for type 2 diabetes and under the name of Vicoza, Saxenda is quite new and not many people know much about it. It is understandable that you feel curiosity and want to learn more, especially if you think you might benefit from taking Saxenda to treat your obesity or overweight. Saxenda isn't the only medication available for weight loss, and many other drugs, which are often taken orally, have similar effects. So what makes Saxenda unique, and what could make it the best option for you?

If you want to get your Saxenda questions answered, you can ask your doctor, or find information in the Internet. Of course, remember, not everything you read online is true. Many articles lack scientific foundations or even are extremely biased, so we advise you to be careful when googling Saxenda. Instead, check Saxenda's online help portal, which has reliable information and grounded facts on this medication.

If you become interested in trying out Saxenda, you can ask for an appointment with your doctor and request a prescription. You can also get it by yourself, without the need to leave your house. Indeed, Saxenda can be prescribed online by doctors through a very simple process that you can complete from your computer or mobile phone. Some websites offer Saxenda as well as other medications, all you have to do is answer a few questions and request a prescription. These websites work with doctors who will prescribe Saxenda or other medication upon request, and the site will even send the box to you with the post, so you don't even have to go to the pharmacy to get Saxenda. This is very convenient if you are too busy to go buy the medication by yourself, or just want a more comfortable and convenient way to get your drugs.


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