Do not use Saxenda®
- if you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using Saxenda®.
The use of Saxenda® is not recommended if you have severe
There is little experience with this medicine in patients of 75
years and older. It is not recommended if you are 75 years or older.
There is little experience with this medicine in patients with
kidney problems. If you have kidney disease or are on dialysis,
consult your doctor.
There is little experience with this medicine in patients with liver
problems. If you have liver problems, consult your doctor.
This medicine is not recommended if you have a severe stomach or gut
problem which results in delayed stomach emptying (called
gastroparesis), or if you have an inflammatory bowel disease.
People with diabetes
If you have diabetes, do not use Saxenda® as a
replacement for insulin.
Inflammation of the pancreas
Talk to your doctor if you have or have had a disease of the pancreas.
Inflamed gall bladder and gallstones
If you lose substantial weight, you are at a risk of gallstones and
thereby inflamed gall bladder. Stop taking Saxenda® and
contact a doctor immediately if you experience severe pain in your
upper abdomen, usually worst on the right side under the ribs. The
pain may be felt through to your back or right shoulder. See section 4.
If you have thyroid disease, including thyroid nodules and
enlargement of the thyroid gland, consult your doctor.
Talk to your doctor if you have palpitations (you feel aware of your
heartbeat) or if you have feelings of a racing heartbeat while at rest
during Saxenda® treatment.
Loss of fluid and dehydration
When starting treatment with Saxenda®, you may lose body
fluid or become dehydrated. This may be due to feeling sick (nausea),
being sick (vomiting) and diarrhoea. It is important to avoid
dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids. Talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse if you have any questions or concerns. See section 4.
Children and adolescents
The safety and efficacy of Saxenda® in children below 12 years of
age has not been studied.
Other medicines and Saxenda®
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are taking, have
recently taken or might take any other medicines.
In particular, tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if:
- you are taking medicines for diabetes called ‘sulfonylurea’
(such as glimepiride or glibenclamide) or if you are taking insulin
– you may get low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) when you use these
medicines with Saxenda®. Your doctor may adjust the dose
of your diabetes medicine to prevent you from getting low blood
sugar. See section 4 for the warning signs of low blood sugar. If
you adjust your insulin dose your doctor may recommend you to
monitor your blood sugar more frequently.
- you are taking
warfarin or other medicines by mouth that reduce your blood clotting
(anticoagulants). More frequent blood testing to determine the
ability of your blood to clot may be required.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not use Saxenda® if you are pregnant, think that you
might be pregnant or are planning to have a baby. This is because it
is not known if Saxenda® may affect the baby.
Do not breast-feed if you are using Saxenda®. This is
because it is not known if Saxenda® passes into breast milk.
Driving and using machines
Saxenda® is unlikely to affect your ability to drive and
use machines. Some patients may feel dizziness when
taking Saxenda® mainly during the first 3 months of
treatment (see section ‘Possible side effects’). If you feel
dizziness be extra careful while driving or using machines. If you
need any further information, talk to your doctor.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Saxenda®
This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per dose,
that it is to say essentially ‘sodium-free’.