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Why Is Saxenda Not Working Anymore?

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Why Is Saxenda Not Working Anymore?

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Key Takeaways

  • Weight management with Saxenda varies from person to person, with some seeing immediate results but most experiencing changes after several weeks.
  • If you are not reaching your weight management goals on Saxenda, multiple factors like food choices, activity levels, medication titration, personal genetics, and lifestyle habits may affect your results. 
  • To enhance the effects of Saxenda, consider including filling foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your diet. 

While Saxenda has proven effective for weight management, it is important to note that immediate results are not the norm.

The weight management journey is highly individualized and influenced by various factors. Saxenda works best when used along with lifestyle and dietary modifications. 

This article discusses why Saxenda may not be working for you and when you should start experiencing its effects.

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How Do I Know if Saxenda Stopped Working?

If you are using Saxenda and are unsure if it has stopped working, it is important to discuss your concerns with your doctor for personalized advice.

They can evaluate your specific situation and provide guidance based on your individual needs. However, there are several points to consider:

  • If you have been consistent with using Saxenda as prescribed but have not experienced any changes in your weight or have plateaued for an extended period, it may be an indication that Saxenda is not producing the desired effects.
  • Saxenda is designed to help suppress appetite and control cravings. If you notice a significant increase in your appetite or cravings, this may indicate Saxenda is no longer working for you.

How Long Does Saxenda Take to Work?

While the answer to this question varies depending on the person, it can be helpful to consider specific timing milestones based on clinical research. 

When taking Saxenda as prescribed, along with incorporating eating and lifestyle habits, most people can anticipate signs of weight loss within the first month.

Notably, a study on Saxenda revealed that individuals adhering to the prescribed regimen were able to achieve better weight management within the initial four weeks in comparison to the placebo group. 

Does Saxenda Work Immediately?

It is important to note that when initiating Saxenda treatment, your healthcare provider will likely start with a low dosage, and, over the course of several weeks, gradually increase the dose until reaching the full maintenance dose.

This step-by-step approach allows your body to acclimate to Saxenda and minimize potential side effects.

Due to this gradual dosage escalation, it may take a few weeks before you experience the full benefits of Saxenda.

However, you may notice the appetite-suppressing effects soon after starting the medication.

It’s important to follow up with your care provider regularly while titrating your dose to avoid slowing your progress or failing to advance to the dose you need to help you meet your goals.

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Tips for Taking Saxenda

Saxenda is a great tool for weight management. However, it is meant to be used alongside healthy eating and regular exercise. There are also several tips you can follow that may improve your outcomes. 

Learn to use your Saxenda pen correctly

Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can go over proper medication administration with you.

You can also read the instructions or watch the video on Saxenda’s website. If you have questions, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Take your dose at the same time each day

Pick a time during the day to conveniently take your dose and stay consistent with this. You can take Saxenda on an empty stomach or with a meal. 

Eat a balanced diet

When eating, select foods high in energy, protein, and fiber.

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Get regular exercise

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week.

Activities you might try include brisk walking, bike riding, water aerobics, dancing, or playing tennis.

Allow Saxenda time to take effect

Given that it usually takes a few weeks to gradually increase the dosage and reach the desired level, it is important to give your body sufficient time to adjust to Saxenda.

It is reasonable to expect it will take several weeks before you begin to observe noticeable results. 

Understand the plateau stage

Weight management occurs in various cycles. It is possible to encounter a plateau after initially experiencing changes in your weight.

To overcome this, consider working with a professional dietitian from Nourish who can develop a personalized eating plan that may help you continue to reach your weight management goals.  

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Recognize your uniqueness

Everyone’s weight management journey is unique. Factors such as your family genetics, gender, age, daily stress levels, and sleep quality can impact your ability to manage your weight.

While some factors are beyond your control, you can take steps to reduce levels and prioritize adequate sleep, which can positively influence your progress.  

Measure non-scale victories

It is important to remember that weight management is not only about numbers on the scale.

Pay attention to other signs of progress, such as increased energy levels, improved sleep quality, mental clarity, and overall well-being.

These inner changes are equally, if not more, significant than numerical measurements. 

Even if you haven’t yet reached your ultimate weight management goals, achieving a weight loss of 5%-10% from your initial weight can yield remarkable health benefits.

You may notice improved cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels.

While these general tips can be helpful, consulting with your healthcare provider or a qualified registered dietitian for personalized advice and guidance specific to your circumstances is important. 

Takeaway

If you find that Saxenda is no longer producing the desired effects, exploring potential reasons and seeking guidance from a healthcare professional is important. 

Give the medication sufficient time to work, as it may take several weeks to reach the optimal dose and see results.

Plateaus are a common part of the weight management process, and working with a dietitian can help develop a personalized eating plan to overcome them. 

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Remember that individual factors, such as genetics, age, stress levels, and sleep quality, can influence weight management progress. It is essential to also focus on non-scale victories and improvements in overall well-being. 

While Saxenda may not work the same for everyone, even achieving a weight loss of 5%-10% can bring significant health benefits.

Seek professional advice to address any concerns and find the best path forward on your weight management journey.

Find a dietitian near you that accepts insurance using Nourish. 

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