The manufacturers of Saxenda have faced some supply issues in the past hence its important to know how Saxenda works and what do when Saxenda is out of stock.

What is Saxenda?

Saxenda contains the active ingredient Liraglutide, a weight loss injection . It is a prescription drug. Saxenda closely resembles a natural hormone called GLP-1 receptor agonist, which your body naturally secreted from the intestine after eating. It can help in an average weight loss of 5-10% of body weight which can have a drastic positive effect on your health.

Information on Saxenda

Saxenda works by engaging with receptors in your brain that manage your appetite. This engagement extends the sensation of fullness, naturally curbing your food intake and contributing to weight reduction. It is essential to use these medications alongside a reduced calorie diet and regular exercise.

Liraglutide has been registered as a prescription medication in brand names Saxenda and Victoza. The first is registered to help lose weight and later to help treat type 2 diabetes. 

Saxenda, liraglutide, is used for adults who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) 30 or higher. Alternatively, those with a BMI of 27 or more, accompanied by weight-related medical conditions (type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol etc).

Saxenda side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, headache, altered taste perception, and dizziness. Individuals can also experience injection site reactions, abdominal pain or swelling, bloating and possibly indigestion.

It is contraindicated in people with an allergy to liraglutide or similar ingredients, and for those who are pregnant. It is also not to be used in people with a family history of multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2.

What to do when Saxenda is out of stock?

Saxenda manufacturers have been facing global shortages. This is due to the increased demand of weight loss medications leading to their shortage in supply.

Individuals on management doses who are happy to stop and resume treatment later can do so. It should be done with the help of their doctor to avoid side effects of suddenly stopping Saxenda. However for some these shortages may mean that they may need to change to a different medication. This could be due to being in the starting phases of the journey.

Various treatment options are available, they include tablets, injections, or even surgical procedures. Individuals can also continue lifestyle habits to maintain the weight and reduce chances of weight gain whilst Saxenda is out of stock. 

While on a weight loss journey, maintaining the weight and the steady weight loss can be very tough. If weight loss medication is relied on and there are shortages, it is possible to maintain good weight with a healthy balanced diet. Ensuring a nutrient dense diet and maintaining portion control is essential to healthy blood sugar levels.

It’s important to manage stress as that can lead to emotional binge eating. Regular exercise and healthy ways to cope with stress are also vital. Consuming the right amount of water is essential and can help in weight loss. Generally they should be opted out for sugary drinks. While awaiting the restock of the medication consider a support group or friend who may be in the same situation with the same weight goals to ensure motivation and encouragement through the journey.


For individuals who experience an allergic reaction or cannot tolerate the side effects there are other options some of which may be a cheaper alternative to Saxenda. To initiate this journey, a beneficial starting point might involve seeking guidance from a registered dietitian.

Consult a dietitian