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What is Liraglutide for Weight Loss?

Liraglutide is a prescription medication manufactured by Novo Nordisk that helps overweight and obese adults manage their weight. When combined with calorie reduction and increased physical activity, Liraglutide can help you hit your weight loss goals. Talk to your doctor to see if Liraglutide is right for you.

You should not take Liraglutide if:

  • You are pregnant.
  • You have personal or family history of pancreatitis.
  • You have a severe past allergy to any of Liraglutide’s ingredients.
  • You have a personal or familial background of medullary thyroid cancers and multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MENS2).

How is Liraglutide Administered?

Liraglutide is a medication administered to patients via daily injections beneath the skin of the belly, upper leg, or upper arm. The drug comes in pen form and can be injected at any time of day, with or without a meal. The syringes for the medication should be stored in a refrigerator between the temperatures of 2°C - 8°C. There is no need for the presence of a healthcare practitioner, and patients will receive instructions on how to administer treatment properly.

Liraglutide Dosage

​​Liraglutide’s dosage begins at 0.6 mg, with the patient’s target dosage being 3 mg daily. Patients who cannot tolerate 3 mg of injectables should not continue treatment. Those who do not lose at least 4% of their starting body weight after four months of Liraglutide treatment are also advised to discontinue treatment.

Potential Side Effects of Liraglutide

While Liraglutide is a generally safe and well-tolerated medication, some potential side effects can occur. The most common side effects are gastrointestinal-related, such as nausea, constipation, and indigestion. These symptoms fade over time as the body becomes used to the medication. However, if they are severe or persistent, please consult your doctor.

Here are some other side effects you may experience when taking Liraglutide:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Increased heart rate
  • Stomach pain
  • Acute pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Gallstones
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Depression

Alternative Medications

The GLP-1 category includes multiple weight-loss drugs, including Mounjaro (tirzepatide). Among the other medications that contain GLP-1 are: