FDA Approves Novo Nordisk’s Saxenda

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-01-17 08:27:50 -0600
Started 2015-01-14 07:50:44 -0600

This drug (Saxenda) is for weight loss. However, the article I was reading said it also had impressive results in diverting prediabetes. I don't know how much of that is because of actual weight loss or if the drug helps in more ways, but it could be interesting.

Here is the full article on it: http://diatribe.org/fda-approves-novo-nordisk...

It didn't talk about side effects however, and those are always a bit on the creepy side. But if you want to loose weight to help with your diabetes management, they say people who used this drug in the trials lost from 5-10% of their body weight.

16 replies

Beca1 2015-01-16 10:25:05 -0600 Report

Also I was rold losing only 10% ofexcess weight would be very bebeficial for me to tirn my diabetes and Liver issues aeound!

GabbyPA 2015-01-17 08:27:50 -0600 Report

They say that is the magic number, but I lost almost 80 pounds and I still struggle. So for me, I think the percentage is higher. OR, I would hate to see what my numbers would be if I had not lost that much weight.

Beca1 2015-01-16 10:22:56 -0600 Report

I would like to try it and the expense would not bother me as if I dont lose weight I am going to get sicker and my prediabetes is going into Diabetes. So weigh the two evils the cost vs the outcome for my health and future life! But my problem is my Drs they will not prescribe it they would rather see me take the usual drugs we are given for Diabetes and without a prescription from a Dr I cant get it.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-15 00:37:24 -0600 Report

10% is a good number. For a lot of people that is what it takes to go from pre-diabetic to non pre-diabetic. For me, personally, the expense of the med would make it impossible to do. I've not tried any of the other weight loss meds out there, and I'm not sure even if this were on my insurance program that I would try this either. I'm more old fashioned and believe in the old fashioned work it off method. But, I do believe that weight loss is different for everyone and there has to be a different way to manage it for each person. I'm glad this got approved, and I hope it helps a lot of people. Heidi

Mr James
Mr James 2015-01-14 20:42:17 -0600 Report

I got samples from my doctor but with Human Medicare can't used coupons they want to charge me $292.00 a month so I will not using those. Company's don't want help you but hurt you they don't care about anyone

Anonymous 2015-01-14 11:58:48 -0600 Report

It is very frustrating! Fortunately I belong to an insurance plan that does give me some help- pays 50% of cost. Having said that it still costs me over $200 out of pocket for an approximately one month supply! The other frustrating thing is that the research is proving this drug does work for both diabetes AND weight loss. I believe the benefits for my future are much more significant. This particular plan I belong to will not cover the cost on a basis like it does for my other drugs, while at the same time promoting the premise their priority is in preventative medicine! I guess they are banking on rather pay the extremely high cost of kidney dialysis down the road for me than pay for this drug now that may prevent that very thing in my future! Or that I will no longer be a plan member then so they are not interested in the PREVENTATIVE properties. Having said all that, two other things are the drug is much too costly and if this drug helps like I believe it does, from my personal experience, then they and other drug companies will definitely lose money they are collecting from other drugs they currently sell to us and until this country dramatically changes the way all aspects of health care are delivered and make health care a right for all, not much will change with drug cost and all other health care costs. And BTW yes I have lived under both kinds of health care systems, so I do feel able to compare! We all just need to keep writing and complaining to the people who can make a difference! I am not trying to be political about this! Just saying I have personal experience. Also, I am not now nor have I ever been connected in any way to the company that manufactures this drug.

Anonymous 2015-01-14 10:44:39 -0600 Report

I am very excited about this drug being approved. I was involved in a research study for the drug three years ago with fantastic results. The study I participated in was not for weight loss benefits, but for effects on diabetes. In the beginning it was mentioned that there may be a side benefit of weight loss. I completed the study with great results having an A1C level dropping from 8.7 to now stable at 6.5! I completed the study over two years ago and chose to remain on the drug paying for it through my own and help from insurance, although only @ 50%. That is the drawback for now as it is very expensive, however still worth it in my opinion as I look to what the future benefit it will give me is. I might add that other than making better nutritional choices, which had not made much of a difference for the two years prior to going on the drug, that over the first six months of participating in the study, I lost 26 pounds. Significant weight loss for me! My regular doctor was delighted. I will continue to use it as long as I am able to afford it with the hope that in the future the price will come down. I believe that this drug is a major break through not for the weight loss benefit alone but for the preventative possibilities in my future. Maybe not having to use insulin, lower dosage or discontinuation of other drugs, stabilization of blood sugar having a preventative effect on possibility of not having to go on kidney dialysis (family history of this). All that and weight loss too, which I have maintained for 2 years! Yes I am very happy. Just bring the cost down!

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-14 11:08:46 -0600 Report

I am glad you are having such a wonderful experience with the drug…and it is very very sad…that everyone does NOT have the same options when it comes to medications…I read yesterday where a insurance company STOPPED paying for a drug they were previously paying for…add drugs that they just wont pay for into the mix and I can feel my blood pressure rising…is health ONLY for the well off????

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-14 09:56:44 -0600 Report

I am always a little wary of weight loss drugs…especially NEW weight loss drugs..but I do understand that for many people who have tried other weight loss methods/drugs in the past..this may be a godsend…so I pray it works for everyone that needs it/ decides to use it..

suecsdy 2015-01-14 08:58:43 -0600 Report

I would definitely be interested in this drug, since the weight is not coming off,despite my efforts. When I say anything here, I just get a lot of comments about getting more extreme with the carb counting, something I am not willing to do. There's nothing wrong with getting a little help in that area. I am exercising more,eating way less, getting good numbers, but no weight loss. Anymore I just don't say anything.

sweetslover 2015-01-14 13:25:52 -0600 Report

I am VERY slowly loosing weight now—maybe 1/2 pound a week, and I am exercising like crazy and watching my diet. I know I am doing something right because my clothes are starting to get baggy, and I feel like I am getting good muscle tone. As long as I do not gain weight I am trying to not let the numbers on the scale bother me. I will gladly replace that fat with some muscle any day.

suecsdy 2015-01-14 17:40:04 -0600 Report

My clothes have all gotten looser too, tops and bottoms but the scale refuses to give it up. I think it's all just sliding downhill. I' be thrilled with a half pound a week. At least it would be something. But I am not gaining so I guess that will have to do for now. I understand that my paternal grandmother was a very large lady and my Dad was heavy too, so there's probably some genetics mixed in. I did some more research and found that both metformin and Saxenda may have an effect on the kidneys, so I guess that' makes them off limits to me, at least for now. I'll just be livin' large for a bit longer, til my body and I figure this out. Not giving up yet.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-14 09:59:00 -0600 Report

You need to do what is comfortable for you…PERIOD…and weight loss just like diabetes is a different animal for everyone…

GabbyPA 2015-01-14 09:55:16 -0600 Report

Sometimes we just need a little help. Specially when other efforts are not producing desire results. 10% of body weight is not huge, but it could be the jump start some people need. I know I lost a lot of weight and then it just became impossible to do it anymore. Then I got lazy and the cycle went on. It gets discouraging when people around your don't realize that you are working on a goal but getting little result. I still want to see what the side effects are though. Those often scare me.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-14 10:01:11 -0600 Report

That first 10% I lost…lit a fire under my behind…it makes you realize that YOU CAN lose weight…and once you realize THAT your entire attitude changes..a little positive reinforcement from the numbers on the scale goes a loooong way..