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Weight loss medication (Saxenda)

Liraglutide, weight loss injections

Our specialist weight loss team draws on years of expertise as they take the time to understand your individual weight loss goals.

 

 

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What is it for?

Prescription only weight loss medication in the form of injections

Treatment overview

We are proud to offer expert weight management with the revolutionary drug Saxenda®. Our consultants can prescribe Saxenda as part of your holistic weight loss programme. 

Saxenda can help you lose weight to improve your health and boost your wellbeing. It may also be advised as you prepare for bariatric surgery.

Weight loss involves managing your portion sizes, improving your daily eating habits, and daily exercise, but it’s not always that easy. 

We understand just how challenging it can be to maintain weight loss results on your own. 

Here at The London Clinic, we are here to provide a helping hand. We offer first-class weight loss treatment and guidance in a calm and supportive environment. 

Achieving a healthy weight can also reduce your risk of developing long term conditions. These include type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancers. 

In year-long clinical trials, most patients taking Saxenda lost weight and, most importantly, kept it off. 

Weight loss medication is a treatment option we offer for obese patients to help you manage your weight.

The aim after using weight loss medication is to maintain a healthy BMI on a long-term basis. 

Your consultant might recommend a different treatment pathway depending on various factors. 

This can include your age, current weight and any pre-existing obesity-related conditions.

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Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

 

Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis
     

Timeline

We understand just how daunting weight loss treatment can feel, and we're here to help you every step of the way.

 

Here is what you might expect as one of our patients:

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Our dedicated appointments team will arrange for you to meet with one of our consultants.

Consultation

During the consultation, you will discuss your expectations and desired weight loss results. 

 

You’ll need to go through what methods you have already tried without success to lose weight. 

 

We’ll also outline any risks or expected Saxenda side effects, so you’ll be fully aware of what your treatment involves.

 

Your care team will create a personalised weight loss management plan tailored to your individual goals.

Enhanced pre-assessment

You’ll have an appointment to review your general health. This will help your care team plan your treatment safely. 

 

We’ll also give advice on what foods to avoid while you are on Saxenda.

 

Your BMI will be a factor we need to consider before you can use Saxenda. 

 

We’ll also need to review any current obesity-related conditions you might have, such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes.

Treatment

Your consultant will slowly increase the dose of Saxenda over the first five weeks of treatment.

 

This gradual approach will help reduce the chances of side effects like nausea, indigestion and bloating. 

 

You are expected to lose 5% or more of your starting body weight after the first 16 weeks of treatment.

Aftercare

As part of your aftercare, our team will offer regular check-ups, remotely and in person.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, we will always be on hand with advice and support.

Follow-up

You'll typically need to visit us after 16 weeks to review your progress and renew your weight loss medication prescription. 

 

If your weight loss is less than expected, our team will work with you to explore your daily eating routine and exercise regimen. 

 

We are dedicated to helping you get the most out of your weight loss medication. 

 

You’ll have a follow-up with your consultant to discuss any concerns, side effects, and ways to improve your results. They might recommend additional support and therapies. 

FAQs

Saxenda works similarly to GLP-1, which is a naturally occurring hormone found in the gut, acting as an appetite regulator. 

GLP-1 slows down the process of your stomach emptying and makes you feel satisfied with smaller portion sizes.

Saxenda contains the active ingredient liraglutide, and is often regarded as one of the best weight loss medications on the market. 

It is an innovative new treatment, originally developed for type 2 diabetes patients, to help you lose weight.

Treatment is a daily injection with an easy to use, simple and painless pen device. We will show you how to administer your Saxenda dose by yourself at home.

As soon as two weeks after starting treatment, you will notice that you feel satisfied after eating smaller portions of food.

Since its introduction, over 1 million patients with obesity have been treated with Saxenda across the world.

The length of time that Saxenda stays in your system will depend on how long you are on the weight loss medication.

Your consultant will be able to answer this question when you meet, as generally the higher your dose, the longer Saxenda stays in your system.

Long term obesity-related conditions usually require more treatment time for the best weight loss results. 

Your care team will create a personalised weight loss management plan tailored to your goals. 

You'll need to visit us 4 months after you begin taking Saxenda® to review your progress. 

You’ll also be able to renew your Saxenda prescription with us on a regular basis to help maintain your weight loss.

The benefits that you might expect to receive from Saxenda injections will depend on your commitment to following a balanced meal plan and exercising regularly. 

If you follow your plan carefully, you can expect to lose 5% of your starting body weight in the first few months.

Maintaining a healthy weight can lead to a new lease of life and more confidence in your appearance. 

It can give you more energy and freedom to enjoy the things you want to do, and with the people you love most. 

Weight loss medication can help to reduce the likelihood of obesity-related conditions.

These include coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and certain types of cancer. 

We know that weight loss isn’t easy, and weight loss medication could be the start of your journey to a healthier you. 

Your care team will discuss the side effects with you and make sure you’re well informed about your treatment before you start using Saxenda.

You will feel confident and reassured that you know what to expect.

Side effects of Saxenda injections can include:

  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Constipation 

Nausea is the most commonly reported side effect of weight loss medication and often settles after a few weeks of treatment. 

You can avoid nausea by eating smaller meals, and avoiding smells or tastes that might trigger it. 

Some patients also report the following side effects:

  • Low blood sugar
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Indigestion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flatulence (breaking wind)

There may also be a risk of developing gallstones. 

Generally, Saxenda is well tolerated in the long term. You can find out more details about Saxenda in the patient information leaflet that will be provided.

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