Pros and cons of liraglutide ( Saxenda )

Pros and cons of liraglutide ( Saxenda )

Pros

Thumbs UpCan help you lose a significant amount of body weight when combined with diet and exercise

Thumbs UpIt May be helpful for people with diabetes as it may lower blood sugar levels

Thumbs UpWeight loss may help improve conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels

Thumbs Up60% of people in the clinical studies for Saxenda (liraglutide) lost greater than or equal to 5% of their starting body weight

Thumbs Up50% of people in the clinical studies for Saxenda (liraglutide) maintained their weight loss for 3 years

Thumbs UpAvailable as an easy to use injectable pen

Thumbs UpCan be used in older adults

Thumbs UpCan be taken with or without food

Cons

Thumbs DownNot a safe option for pregnant mothers

Thumbs DownNot safe to use if you have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer or multiple endocrine neoplasia types 2 (MEN2)

Thumbs DownOnly available as an injection

Thumbs DownAvailable as brand name only and can be expensive

Thumbs DownIt May have significant side effects, like nausea, cramps, and serious inflammation of the pancreas

Thumbs DownSlows stomach emptying, which may affect how other medications are absorbed

Thumbs DownNot approved to treat type 2 diabetes

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