Posology: The starting dose is 0.6 mg once daily. The dose should be increased to 3.0 mg once daily in increments of 0.6 mg with at least one week intervals to improve gastro-intestinal tolerability (see Table 3). If escalation to the next dose step is not tolerated for two consecutive weeks, consider discontinuing treatment. Daily doses higher than 3.0 mg are not recommended. (See Table 3.)
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Adolescents (≥12 years) :For adolescents from the age of 12 to below 18 years old a similar dose escalation schedule as for adults should be applied (see Table 3). The dose should be increased until 3.0 mg (maintenance dose) or maximum tolerated dose has been reached. Daily doses higher than 3.0 mg are not recommended.
Missed doses: If a dose is missed within 12 hours from when it is usually taken, the patient should take the dose as soon as possible. If there is less than 12 hours to the next dose, the patient should not take the missed dose and resume the once-daily regimen with the next scheduled dose. An extra dose or increase in dose should not be taken to make up for the missed dose.
Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: Saxenda should not be used in combination with another GLP-1 receptor agonist.
When initiating Saxenda, it should be considered to reduce the dose of concomitantly administered insulin or insulin secretagogues (such as sulfonylureas) to reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia. Blood glucose self-monitoring is necessary to adjust the dose of insulin or insulin-secretagogues (see Precautions).
Special populations: Elderly (≥65 years old): No dose adjustment is required based on age. Therapeutic experience in patients ≥75 years of age is limited and use in these patients is not recommended (see Precautions and Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions).
Renal impairment: No dose adjustment is required for patients with mild or moderate renal impairment (creatinine clearance ≥30 mL/min). Saxenda is not recommended for use in patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance <30 mL/min) including patients with end-stage renal disease (see Precautions, Adverse Reactions and Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions).
Hepatic impairment: No dose adjustment is recommended for patients with mild or moderate hepatic impairment. Saxenda is not recommended for use in patients with severe hepatic impairment and should be used cautiously in patients with mild or moderate hepatic impairment (see Precautions and Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions).
Paediatric population: No dose adjustment is required for adolescents from the age of 12 years and above. The safety and efficacy of Saxenda in children below 12 years of age has not been established (see Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics under Actions).
Method of administration: Saxenda is for subcutaneous use only. It must not be administered intravenously or intramuscularly.
Saxenda is administered once daily at any time, independent of meals. It should be injected in the abdomen, thigh or upper arm. The injection site and timing can be changed without dose adjustment. However, it is preferable that Saxenda is injected around the same time of the day, when the most convenient time of the day has been chosen. Saxenda should not be mixed with other injectables (e.g. insulins).
For further instructions on administration, see Special precautions for disposal and other handling under Cautions for Usage.