Weight Loss Treatment Singapore - Liraglutide


Liraglutide is the active ingredient in Saxenda. It is a prescription injectable drug that is used to assist overweight people in losing weight and keeping it off. Liraglutide is similar to incretin, a natural hormone produced by the body. It affects parts of the brain that control your appetite. Liraglutide makes you feel fuller for a longer period, resulting in lower calorie consumption and gradual weight loss.

Liraglutide can be combined with other lifestyle adjustment such as increased physical activities and a reduced fat and carbohydrate intake. This can help overweight adults with weight-related medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and high cholesterol to lose weight. 

Who is Suitable for Liraglutide Treatment in Singapore?

Liraglutide (Saxenda) is suitable for

  • Overweight adults (BMI ≥27) with weight-related medical problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
  • Adults with obesity (BMI ≥30)

Individuals with medical conditions such as medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN), and liraglutide allergy should not take Saxenda. Pregnant women should not use Liraglutide because it may cause harm to the unborn child.

During your doctor’s consultation, it is critical to disclose all medical issues or pregnancy so that your doctor can determine whether this treatment is appropriate for you.

How Does Liraglutide Work?

Liraglutide comes in the form of injectable pen, which means you can inject it yourself at home. Our doctor will demonstrate how to safely administer this medication.

As recommended, Liraglutide is injected beneath the skin in the abdomen, thighs, and upper arms once daily. Start with a low dose and gradually raise it over the next three weeks. This drug should not be injected straight into a vein or muscle. Never give another person your Liraglutide injection pen.

Downtime, Side Effects, Risks

The most common side effects include nausea, stomach discomfort, diarrhoea, and heartburn. Serious side effects associated with Saxenda are rare. 

It is important to consult a doctor before initiating this treatment.

Any Other Options?

There are other alternatives when it comes to weight loss in Singapore:

  • Phentermine (Panbesy, Duromine) – oral appetite suppresant medication
  • Semaglutide – for diabetic patients
  • Orlistat (Xenical) – fat absorption blocker

Speak to your doctor to determine which is the most suitable for you.

Pre-treatment Consultation

We advise patients to have a consultation session with our doctor before taking the Liraglutide (Saxenda) injection for your weight loss regime. Our doctor will examine your body weight and medical condition to determine whether you are suitable for having this drug. 

You can make your appointment here.

*Disclaimer: The content provided is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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