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Weight Management with Saxenda

Published January 1, 2022

What is Saxenda?

Saxenda is a medication that you inject yourself using a special pen. While using it, you’ll also work with your health guide to get more physical activity and eat for better health.

Medication schedule

You take Saxenda once a day, but you won’t start at the full amount. It’s important to slowly raise your dose to make sure your body can handle it. Contact us right away if you have vomiting, severe pain in your belly, or other new symptoms.

Here’s your medication schedule:

  • Week 1. Take 0.6 mg once a day for 7 days.
  • Week 2. Take 1.2 mg once a day for 7 days.
  • Week 3. Take 1.8 mg once a day for 7 days.
  • Week 4. Take 2.4 mg once a day for 7 days.
  • Week 5. Take 3.0 mg once a day for 7 days.

You reach the full dose at week 5. Keep taking this amount until we check in at week 12.

Picking up Saxenda at the pharmacy

We’ve already sent your prescription for each dose to the pharmacy. We recommend picking up only the dose you currently need. It’s less to manage and you may need insurance approval for each dose. Let us know if you run into any issues with your insurance.

How to use the Saxenda pen

Carefully read the directions that come with the pen. The Saxenda website also has more details and a video showing how to use the pen. 


Learn more at the Saxenda website, including how it works, how to store it, how to use the pen, and more. And of course, you can always ask us!