Saxenda is a prescription weight loss medication that works by helping you feel fuller and eat less. It is a GLP-1 receptor agonist, which means it mimics the effects of a natural hormone that helps control appetite. Saxenda is one of the most effective weight loss medications available, but there are some side effects to be aware of. It is always important to assess the pros and cons of any treatment option.

Who is Saxenda for?

Saxenda is for adults with a BMI of 27 or higher who also have weight-related medical problems, or for adults with a BMI of 30 or higher who have obesity.

How does Saxenda work?

Saxenda works by binding to GLP-1 receptors in the gut and brain. This helps to suppress appetite and increase feelings of fullness. Saxenda also slows down the rate at which food leaves the stomach, which can help you feel full longer.


Saxenda is contraindicated for people with the following conditions:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • A history of pancreatitis
  • A history of medullary thyroid cancer
  • A history of pheochromocytoma
  • A history of gastroparesis
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding

Potential side effects

The most common side effects of Saxenda are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, headache, and dizziness.

These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. However, if you experience any of these side effects that are severe or do not go away, you should talk to your prescriber.


Saxenda is a safe and effective weight loss medication for people who are overweight or obese. It is important to talk to an experienced provider before taking Saxenda to make sure it is right for you.

Book a weight loss consultation

If you are interested in learning more about Saxenda or scheduling a weight loss consultation, please contact our team for more information and advice. We’d be happy to arrange a weight loss consultation to discuss your requirements. This can be arranged via video call or in person. We’re here to help you determine which type of treatment is right for you and can help you create a weight loss plan that is safe and effective for you.