What is FAT-JAB?

 UK licensed prescription medication for weight loss called liraglutide (also known as Saxenda)

This medication has passed clinical trials for safety and is the only approved injectable prescription medicine available in the UK for weight loss purposes. It is a small self-administered injection, which you use once a day, to help you lose weight.


How safe is it?

Saxenda has undergone rigorous tests and is fully licensed in the UK for weight loss. Liraglutide has been used for patients with type 2 diabetes in the UK since 2009 and for weight loss in the USA since 2014. It was approved for use in the UK in January 2017

Who can take it?

There are certain patients for which Saxenda is contra-indicated:

  • Patients with a history or family history of Medullary Thyroid Tumours or MEN 2 syndrome.

  • Patients with a history of pancreatitis

  • Patients with a history of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia

  • Patients with a BMI less than 20

  • Patients on diabetic medications

  • Pregnant women or those breast feeding

  • Anyone under the age of 18

The Advanced Nurse Practitioner will complete a medical assessment and risk assessment and take basic observations - height/weight/blood pressure/measurements 

The injecting procedure will be discussed in detail and any questions answered.

A follow up appointment is offered weekly for measurements, discuss any concerns and weigh 

The most frequent side effect is nausea which can last a few days.

One syringe lasts 3 weeks 

This revolutionary medication removes hunger from the equation and acts as a appetite supressant allowing you to eat less 

It is advised to review your diet and exercise plan as well as taking the daily injections - this will have the added benefit of supporting weight loss and keeping fit 


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