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April 8, 2024
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Saxenda (Liraglutide) 101 Guide: What Is It and How To Use It For Weight Loss Treatment

Saxenda is an FDA-approved prescription medication that aids in weight loss. This injectable medication is often used for people with obesity or those who have weight-related health conditions. The drug is administered once a day, and when used correctly, can help patients lose weight and improve their overall health. In this article, we will explore Saxenda in-depth and how it works as a weight loss treatment.

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What is Saxenda?

Saxenda is a brand name for the generic medication Liraglutide. This medication is an injectable drug that is similar to the hormone GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) that is naturally produced in the body. The drug is administered once a day through an injection pen, which patients can use to inject the medication into the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm.

How much does Saxenda cost?

The cost of Saxenda injections can vary based on dosage requirements, with Saxenda shots sometimes sold individually or in kits (usually three in a box). In Singapore, prices range from $130 to $160 with each pen lasting between 5-10 days.

How does Saxenda work?

Saxenda works by mimicking the effects of GLP-1, which is a hormone that regulates appetite and digestion. This hormone signals to the brain that the body is full, which leads to a reduction in hunger and a decrease in food intake. Saxenda helps patients feel full, leading to a reduction in food cravings and a decrease in calorie intake.

Saxenda also slows down the rate at which food is emptied from the stomach, which can help patients feel full for longer periods. This effect can lead to a decrease in overall food intake, resulting in weight loss.

Who is A Candidate For Saxenda?

Saxenda is typically prescribed for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, which is considered obese, or for people with a BMI of 27 or higher who have weight-related health conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol.

It is essential to note that Saxenda is not a weight loss solution for everyone. It is essential to speak with a healthcare provider to determine if Saxenda is a safe and effective weight loss treatment option.

Side Effects of Saxenda

Like any medication, Saxenda may cause side effects. The most common side effects reported by patients are nausea, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, low blood sugar, and decreased appetite. However, these side effects typically go away over time as the body adjusts to the medication.

It is essential to report any side effects to a healthcare provider immediately. In rare cases, Saxenda may cause more severe side effects such as pancreatitis or thyroid tumors.

Where can I buy Saxenda in Singapore?

To get your hands on Saxenda, you'll need a prescription from a doctor. Before making a purchase, it's important to undergo a comprehensive evaluation and have a discussion with a healthcare expert. This step is essential to ensure that Saxenda weight loss injections are suitable for your specific health needs.

In Singapore you can obtain Saxenda through either: 

Aesthetic Clinics

Aesthetic clinic

Numerous aesthetic centers and clinics provide weight loss treatments, with doctors usually available at these locations. Typically, weight loss treatments involve the use of Saxenda injections in-tandem with their own fat loss programs.

Online Clinics

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Online clinics allow you to get a prescription for Saxenda just by doing an online evaluation and consultation with a licensed medical professional. Once the doctor at the online clinic approves of your medication, you can easily receive your prescription Saxenda through a delivery service.

Online vs Offline Buying

When it comes to purchasing slimming injections, the debate between physical and online easily pops up.

Physical clinics offer comprehensive treatment plans that can go beyond just slimming injections, including additional equipment, body fat measurement, and guidance from nutritionists. However, the downside is the high cost, long wait times, and the possibility of being sold extra products.

On the other hand, online stores claiming to be direct purchase agents may seem convenient, but there is a risk of purchasing counterfeit medications. Many online stores lack clear pricing and only provide a Whatsapp contact for inquiries, which may not be sufficient for proper follow-up care.

While online clinics may not offer the same level of personalisation to your treatment plans like physical clinics do, they do save you time and effort. You can receive slimming injections from the comfort of your own home, without the hassle of inquiring about treatment details or the awkwardness of actually going to the clinic.

Other Weight Loss Medication Available In Singapore


Panbesy is a brand-name prescription oral medication taken over a short period of time (about 12 weeks) used to aid weight loss by reducing your appetite or making you feel fuller for longer. Panbesy is to be used in tandem with regular exercise and diet changes.

So how does Panbesy work?

The main active ingredient in Panbesy is phentermine, which belongs to a classification of drugs called anorectics (otherwise also known as appetite suppressants). While it is still unclear how exactly Panbesy works for weight loss, phentermine has been thought to reduce appetite by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters present in the brain.

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that transmit signals to other cells to regulate vital bodily functions such as breathing, heart rate and (more specifically) appetite. By increasing the levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine, you will find that your appetite wanes and decreases, helping you to eat less and lose weight.  

However, there is a possibility that your body might build a tolerance towards the medication within weeks of taking it. If that happens, your doctor will recommend against raising the dosage but instead to stop using Panbesy altogether.

If you are currently struggling to lose weight in spite of dietary and lifestyle changes, it is advisable that you consult a doctor. Here at Noah, doctors on our platform are best equipped with the knowledge to determine whether Panbesy is suitable for you as part of your weight loss plan. They will be able to advise you on the best treatment suitable for you, and can also prescribe you the right medication should you need it.

Buy Online With Noah

With Noah, a zero-judgement digital health clinic for men in Singapore, you'll be able to get the weight loss treatment you need from the comfort and privacy of your home.

Getting started with Noah couldn't be simpler - all you have to do is answer an online medication evaluation. Once complete, you will be able to book a teleconsultation session with a licensed doctor at your convenience. If prescribed, your hair loss treatment will be delivered discreetly within 4 hours, at no additional cost.

You don't have to worry about the legitimacy and safety of the medication provided as Noah is recognized by the Ministry Of Health (MOH) as a direct telemedicine service provider.

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*In a 56-week trial with 3,731 non-diabetic overweight (BMI ≥27) or obese (BMI ≥30) participants, those who finished (1,812 patients) lost an average of 9.2% body weight with Saxenda, alongside diet and exercise.
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