The preparation is a weight loss medicine that contains the active substance liraglutide. It resembles a naturally occurring hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that is released from the gut after a meal. The medicine acts on receptors in the brain that regulate appetite, making you feel more full and less hungry. This can help you eat less and reduce your body weight.
What is it used for?
The preparation is used in addition to diet and physical activity for weight loss in adults over 18 years of age, with
a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher (obesity) or
a BMI of 27 kg/m2 and less than 30 kg/m2 (overweight) and weight-related health problems (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood fat levels or breathing problems during sleep, “obstructive sleep apnoea”).
BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measure used to evaluate your weight in relation to your height.
You should only continue treatment if you have lost at least 5% of your original body weight after using the 3.0 mg/day dosage for 12 weeks. Talk to your doctor before continuing treatment.
The medicine can be used as an adjunct to a healthy diet and increased physical activity in adolescents aged 12 years and older who have:
Obesity (according to medical diagnosis).
a body weight of more than 60 kg.
You should only continue if you have lost at least 4% of your BMI after 12 weeks on the 3.0 mg/day dose or the maximum tolerated dose. Talk to your doctor before continuing treatment.
diet and physical activity
Your doctor will prescribe a diet and exercise program for you. Maintain this program throughout the application.
The drug must not be used
if you are allergic to liraglutide or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
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Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure.
Your doctor will prescribe a diet and exercise program for you. Maintain this program while using liraglutide.
How much medicine to inject?
Your treatment starts with a low dose, which is then gradually increased over the first five weeks of treatment.
When you first start using the medicine, the starting dose is 0.6 mg once a day for at least one week.
Your doctor will instruct you to gradually increase your dose by a further 0.6 mg, usually each week, until you reach the recommended dose of 3.0 mg once a day.
Your doctor will tell you exactly how much liraglutide to use each week. As a rule, you are recommended to proceed according to the following table.
0.6 mg once a day
1.2 mg once a day
1.8 mg once a day
2.4 mg once daily
from week 5
3.0 mg once daily
Once you have reached the recommended dose of 3.0 mg in week 5 of treatment, continue at this dose until the end of your treatment. Do not increase the dose any further.
Your doctor will evaluate your treatment at regular intervals.
Youth (>/= 12 years)
For adolescents 12 to less than 18 years of age, the dose should be escalated according to the table for adults (see adult table above). The dose should be increased to 3.0 mg (maintenance dose) or until the maximum tolerated dose is reached. Higher daily doses than 3.0 mg are not recommended.
Tell your doctor if you have diabetes. In this case, your doctor may adjust the dose of your diabetes medicines to prevent hypoglycaemia from occurring.
Do not confuse the preparation with other medicines that you inject (e.g. insulins).
Do not use it in combination with other medicines that contain GLP-1 receptor agonists (such as exenatide or lixisenatide).
If you use more than you should
If you use more than you should, tell your doctor or go to a hospital straight away. Take the medicine pack with you. You may need immediate medical attention. The following effects can occur:
Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). See “Common Side Effects” for warning signs of low blood sugar.
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