Potential side effects
As with all medication Saxenda can be associated with unwanted side effects. Although generally mild in nature some of these can be more severe which can result in the treatment being discontinued.
When treatments is initially started, some individuals may result in a loss of bodily fluids. This can be a result of gastro disturbances such as vomiting or diarrhoea. It is important to ensure you drink plenty of fluids and keep yourself well hydrated whilst taking Saxenda. Most mild side effects will settle once your body gets accustomed to the new medication. However, as always, if any side effects persists then treatment should be discontinued and your doctor should be consulted.
Side effects can include (but are not limited to) –
- Nausea & vomiting (settles after your body adjusts to treatment)
- Diarrhoea (settles after your body adjusts to treatment)
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) – signs of this may include tremor, feeling weak & hungry, sweating, cold or cool skin, feeling sleepy, difficulty in concentrating, confusion, headache, anxiety, feeling nervous, faster heart rate.
- Gastro-intestinal disturbances – Indigestion, reflux (GORD), inflammation, painful, swollen abdomen, excess wind, constipation.
- Common cold sypmtoms – Tiredness (fatigue), Pyrexia (fever), dizziness.
- Loss of appetite
- Local reactions around the injection site – rash, itch, pain, bruising, swelling
- Thyroid reactions such as goiters, nodules.