How to use Saxenda
Technically you can inject Saxenda at any time of the day, but it’s important to use it at the same time each day. For this reason, you should choose a time that will be easiest to remember, such as with breakfast in the morning. It can be taken with or without food or drink.
Saxenda uses an injection pen to administer the medication.
- You’ll need to remove the outer cap and the inner cap that covers the needle and then check that the medication is flowing correctly.
- Turning the dose selector will adjust the dosage to the strength you need.
- During week one you’ll inject 0.6mg each day.
- You’ll increase this to 1.2mg in week two, 1.8mg in week three, 2.4mg in week four and 3mg in week five (and then use 3mg for the remainder of taking it).
- You should inject Saxenda into the thigh, upper arm or abdomen and then remove the needle, which is replaced for the next dose.
With your medication, you’ll also receive a needle bin so you can safely discard your used needles.
How to take each Saxenda dose
You can select the dosage of the injection by twisting the top of the pen. The dose counter will clearly show the dose on the side of the pen.
You’ll start off on a low dose and gradually increase this over the course of the first month, before reaching a maintenance dose and continuing this for as long as you use the treatment.
On week one you take 0.6mg every day, week two 1.2 mg, week three 1.8mg, week four 2.4mg and finally, from week five onwards, 3mg. Do not increase the dosage above 3mg. We’ll check in with you regularly when you’re using Saxenda to see how it’s working for you.
What to do about Saxenda missed doses
It’s important to take Saxenda as instructed, but don't worry if you miss a dose. Just take it once you’ve remembered if it’s been less than 12 hours since your missed dose. If more than 12 hours has passed, skip the dose and carry on taking it as normal.
Don’t take double the dose of Saxenda to make up for a missed dose. It won’t help, and increases your risk of side effects.
Medically reviewed by
Dr Daniel Atkinson
GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022.
This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022. Next review due on August 01, 2024.
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