GLP-1s are contraindicated in individuals with a history of medullary thyroid carcinoma, a family history of such, or in patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2. Do not take them if you have ever had thyroid cancer. In studies with rodents, GLP-1s caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer; it is not known if they will cause thyroid tumors or cancer in humans. Please notify your doctor ASAP if you develop trouble swallowing, hoarseness, a lump or swelling in your neck, or shortness of breath.
If you experience a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Tell your healthcare provider about your medical history prior to taking Saxenda.
Avoid alcohol while taking this medication. If you’re taking diabetes medications, please discuss this with your prescribing doctor before starting Saxenda, as your diabetes medications may need to be adjusted as you lose weight.
Use adequate contraception while taking this medication. Do not take this medication if pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding. If you plan to become pregnant, this medication needs to be stopped at least 2 months before trying. This medication may cause fetal harm.
Notify your doctor if you have kidney, liver, or pancreas problems.
Stop using Saxenda and call your healthcare provider immediately if you have severe stomach or abdomen pain that will not go away, with or without vomiting.
Stop using Saxenda and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat; problems breathing or swallowing; severe rash or itching; fainting or feeling dizzy; or very rapid heartbeat.
Serious hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., anaphylaxis and angioedema) have been reported. Discontinue Saxenda if suspected and promptly seek medical advice.