Liraglutide for weight loss (1977)

Key points below

ALERT:  Call 911 if your child has difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing.

What is Liraglutide (Saxenda) used for? 

Your child will be using Liraglutide to help with weight loss. It should be used with a low calorie diet.  Your child should get more exercise while on this medicine.   This medicine can be used for different reasons in different patients.

Who should not use it?

Your child should not use if: 

How is this medicine given?

Follow this dose schedule 

Dose Escalation Schedule:
Week 1 - 0.6 mg
Week 2 - 2 1.2 mg
Week 3 -  1.8 mg
Week 4 -  2.4 mg
Week 5 and onward - 3 mg

What should you do if you forgot a dose?

If you forget a dose, then take your dose the next day.

If more than 3 days have passed since your last dose, restart the medication at 0.6 mg daily and follow the dose escalation schedule.

Where should this medicine be stored? 

Store all new, unopened pens in a refrigerator. Try to keep them secured.  The temperature should be between 36 to 46 degrees. Once a medicine pen is opened, it can only be used for 30 days.  Use only one pen at a time.  An opened pen can be kept at room temperature (59 to 86 degrees) or in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

Always keep medicine away from children and in a secure place only an adult can get it. 

What side effects can happen?


Call the doctor if you any of these signs:

  • Low blood sugars.  Symptoms include fast heart rate headache, or blurred vision.  Your child may feel shaky, sweating, dizzy, worry, cranky, weak or tired.
  • If you have nausea, diarrhea, constipation, belly pain or vomiting.
  • If you have pain, redness or itching at your injection site. 
  • Lump in neck, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing.
  • Or if your child has special health care needs not covered by this information.