Weight loss injections are a sort of prescription weight reduction treatment that may be more successful than diet tablets. Weight reduction tablets and injections are both approved for adults with a BMI of 30 or above (or less than this if you also have certain health conditions). If your BMI is 35 or above, the NHS will typically only cover injectable weight reduction therapy.
Saxenda, SkinnyJab, Ozempic, and Wegovy are some of the weight reduction injections available. If you’re considering about attempting weight reduction injections, contact us and one of our specialists will explain how each one works and answer any questions you may have.
How do weight loss injections work?
Ozempic and Wegovy contain the active chemical semaglutide, which is almost similar to GLP-1, a hormone released by your stomach when you consume food.
Ozempic works by regulating your appetite to make you feel full faster, but also by delaying stomach emptying so you may stay full for longer after you eat. Ozempic is often given as a therapy for type 2 diabetes, so if you’re at high risk or already have the illness, it might be the best choice for you. It is now only approved for use in diabetes, but it is planned to be expanded to include weight reduction in the near future.
Wegovy also targets the areas of the brain that affect hunger. This implies you’ll probably cut down on calories and lose weight as a result. Both Ozempic and Wegovy should be used in conjunction with a calorie-controlled diet and increased activity.
The active element in Saxenda is liraglutide, a synthetic counterpart of the hormone GLP-1. This hormone controls your appetite, therefore by supplementing with liraglutide, your body will believe it is full quicker and for a longer period of time.
Both Saxenda and Ozempic also stabilise blood sugar through insulin production. This can make you feel less cravings, giving you better control over what and how much you eat.
So how does SkinnyJab work? The medication works identically to Saxenda. SkinnyJab itself is not a medication, it’s a weight loss program endorsed by celebrities that uses Saxenda to help people achieve long-term weight loss, paired with an exercise and diet plan.
Do they actually help you lose weight?
Yes, these injection drugs can cause significant and sustained weight loss when used correctly. Usually combined with a reduced calorie diet and an increase in physical activity.
There’s clinical evidence that liraglutide, the active ingredient in Saxenda, helps you lose significant weight sustainably, with the added, unique benefit of improving your glycemic levels.
Wegovy clinical trials found statistically significant weight loss results for participants when compared with a placebo group. The weight loss results were observed in participants irrespective of their age, gender, race, ethnicity and initial BMI.
As mentioned above, like with every weight loss treatment, weight loss injections work best when paired with an exercise and diet plan. This must be a plan that you can carry out long term, as fad diets can help you lose weight faster, but it’ll be harder to maintain that weight loss.
What’s the difference between SkinnyJab and Saxenda?
SkinnyJab isn’t a medication, it’s a weight loss program. That weight loss program uses the weight loss injection Saxenda as part of its plan. So usually when you hear someone mention SkinnyJab, they’re referring to Saxenda.
To get into the SkinnyJab program you need to have a face-to-face consultation, whilst you only need to sign up to our service and speak to our clinicians online to get Saxenda.
Where do you inject Saxenda?
Injecting Saxenda isn’t too complicated, but you should still see a clinician in person so they can show you exactly how to do it.
Saxenda must be injected subcutaneously (under the skin) on your stomach, thigh, or upper arm. And it must never be injected intravenously or intramuscularly, so it’s better if you have a healthcare professional direct you on how to do it, to make sure that you don’t make a mistake.
You can change the injection site if you like. But it’s only really necessary if you experience any reactions on your last used injection site, such as bruising, pain or irritation.
Is Ozempic better than Saxenda?
The active ingredients of Ozempic and Saxenda, semaglutide and liraglutide, both imitate the hormone GLP-1. Both drugs are remarkably similar to the GLP-1 hormone that occurs naturally.
Saxenda has been approved as a weight loss medication, and Ozempic is technically a type 2 diabetes medication, but it has shown significant weight loss results, so clinicians have begun to prescribe it as an off-label weight loss injection, and it is expected to become a licensed weight loss treatment soon.
A research that compared the efficacy of semaglutide to liraglutide and placebo discovered that injecting semaglutide may result in considerable weight reduction with few side effects, and that 37-65% of persons who take it will notice a 10% drop in excess weight in up to 52 weeks after treatment begins. Just 25.2% of participants using the highest dosage of liraglutide (3mg) obtained the same 10% decrease of extra body weight throughout the same time period.
It is crucial to note that the trial on the effectiveness of semaglutide was conducted on persons who did not have type 2 diabetes, while everyone in the study on the efficacy of liraglutide had type 2 diabetes before to the study.
What’s the difference between Saxenda and Wegovy?
Wegovy and Saxenda are both weight-loss drugs. Wegovy employs semaglutide as an active component, while Saxenda uses liraglutide. Both active components belong to the same pharmaceutical class known as GLP-1. Wegovy and Ozempic are two brand names for the same active component; however, the dosages change somewhat since one is intended to treat type 2 diabetes and the other for weight reduction.
A course of Saxenda involves a daily injection, and the dose is generally gradually increased until the standard suggested dosage of 3.0mg is reached. Conversely, a Wegovy course only requires a weekly injection, with the dose typically beginning at 0.25mg and gradually increasing to 2.4mg over a few months.
Wegovy has been demonstrated to be more effective than Saxenda for weight reduction. This is related to the active ingredient’s potency. People who take Wegovy may prefer it over Saxenda since it needs a weekly injection rather than a daily infusion.