Pin It
Favorite

Weight-Loss Help 

Pill Box

I understand that there is a new medication for weight loss but that it has to be injected like insulin. Is it effective? Does it have bad side effects?

click to enlarge John R. White chairs WSU-Spokane's Department of Pharmacotherapy.
  • John R. White chairs WSU-Spokane's Department of Pharmacotherapy.

In December 2014, the FDA approved the drug liraglutide (Saxenda) for weight loss in people who are obese, or people who are overweight but also have another risk factor (such as high blood pressure) for heart disease. This is a medication that was initially developed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes under a different name. It was discovered that people who used it sometimes lost weight.

The medication "tells" your brain that you are full, and "tells" the gastrointestinal tract to slow down absorption. It is effective in reducing weight. One large study demonstrated that patients treated with Saxenda® lost about 7.5 percent of their weight — that's about a 15-pound weight loss for a 200-pound person.

The medication does have some mild side effects, with the most common one being nausea. It also carries with it the potential for some serious but rare side effects such as pancreatitis. Saxenda is administered by injection once daily. This injection is given with an pen injector with a micro-fine needle and is virtually painless. Saxenda may be a reasonable option for patients who have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise alone.

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Check In

  • Green Light for WSU
  • Green Light for WSU

    Milestone: A key step for a new medical school in Spokane
    • Nov 29, 2016
  • Tis the Season...
  • Tis the Season...

    Life Coach: Small acts of kindness go a long way
    • Nov 29, 2016
  • Helping Kids Feel Secure
  • Helping Kids Feel Secure

    Ask. Dr. Matt: Parents' emotional regulation and control more important than ever
    • Nov 29, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Country Christmas Show Vintage Sale

Country Christmas Show Vintage Sale @ Moran Prairie Grange

Sun., Dec. 4

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by John R. White

Most Commented On

  • Choose Wisely

    Doctors and patients are teaming up to reduce unnecessary treatments — and to improve outcomes
    • Nov 29, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation