Saxenda is an injection treatment for weight loss marketed in the UK By Novo Nordisk. It contains an ingredient called liraglutide, which is a synthetic derivative of GLP-1. Liraglutide is also the active constituent of the diabetes medication Victoza, which pharmacists are much more familiar with. However, whereas Victoza is licensed for the treatment of diabetes, Saxenda is specifically licensed for weight loss. Liraglutide is similar to a naturally occurring hormone called glucagon-peptide (GLP-1) that is released from the intestine after a meal. Saxenda works by acting on receptors I the brain that control the appetite, causing a feeling of fullness and less hungry. This in turn helps to eat less food and reduce body weight.
Saxenda is used as an adjunct in weight management (in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity in individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of:
- 30 kg/m2or more (having obesity), or
- in individuals with a BMI of 27 kg/m2or more (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related co-morbidity, i.e. pre-diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidaemia etc.
Saxenda is given via sub-cutaneous injection once a day using a pen and patients follow a progressive, 4week dose escalation schedule which is designed to minimise any potential gastrointestinal symptoms. Patients need one 5 pen pack to complete the dose escalation. Thereafter, one pack equates to one-month treatment at the 3.0mg dose (the maintenance dose).
Using the prefilled pen is very easy, it is designed to be injected on the abdomen, front of thigs or upper arm sub-cutaneously and is administered just once a day. Our refresher vaccination courses, available to book on our website, will include an opportunity to look at the Saxenda pens and practice using them, in turn giving you more confidence to show and aid your patients.
What Qualification will I Gain?
The Wright Loss Injections course allows you to gain an accredited and insurable qualification in Saxenda Weight Loss Injections. The course includes the essential Health and Safety, and Anatomy and Physiology training required to perform this procedure.
What Qualifications/Experience are Needed?
No specific qualification and/or experience is required, however a keen interest in the industry is desirable.
We strongly recommend that you check with an insurance provider to confirm that upon certification you will be insurable as a practitioner.
How much does the Course Cost?
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You will gain access to all the course materials on our training platform, courses.essexbeautytrainingacademy.co.uk.
The length of the course is subject to your own study pace; however, we do advise a minimum of 2 hours independent study.
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The course cost is £150 which is inclusive of all learning materials and certification