First New Anti-Obesity Drug in Canada in Two Decades

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I live in BC and I went to my doctor and he had never even heard of this! Is it already available in Canada? My bmi is over 30 and I wanted to give this a try. I feel frustrated because of the stigma against treating obesity with medication. My dr just suscribed this medication to me I am scared to take it because I am on thyroid medication and I pay Is this safe to take with being on Synthroid 88 mg and I also have high blood pressure which i am on medication.

I would check with your physician. I also take thyroid medication and my Dr gave me a prescription for Sexanda. The best injection site is the stomach. I had a roux-en-y 7 years ago, lost 80 lbs. I have some trouble with reactive hypoglycemia since then but otherwise I am healthy.

I was pre-diabetic before surgery but no anymore. Would I be a candidate for Saxenda therapy? Pacific Blue Cross covers Saxenda with no issues at all. If you have a choice in the matter, see if you can get coverage from them. They also have some kind of savings program to help reduce the cost for up to one year. Is the ingredients the same as Victoza…. I wonder if my husband plan will. Anyone try to get covered by local ?

Greensheild will cover it. I am currently with Green Shield and I am trying to get Saxenda covered by them and they will not cover this for me.

I live in Carbonear, Newfoundland which is about an hour and a half from St. I have many health problems example: I try to eat health the majority of the time with the occasional treat once in awhile. I have a BMI above 30 and I have been trying to find a doctor that will prescribe Saxenda for me but I am having troubles finding one. Does anyone know of a doctor near me that does or how to find one near me? Any help would be much appreciated! I have diabetes, high cholesterol, anxiety do you think this would work for me….

I am overweight lbs n 50 years old female. I have just been perscribed this drug, and I did advise my dr of my family history. My dad had Thyroid cancer — Medullary of course, and had to have his thyroid removed. I am very concerned about what I should do. Do I trust that my doc has weighed the pros and cons and given my history, he still feels it is a good solution, even if it is short term? I will be calling him tomorrow.

Been on saxenda for two and a half months lost about 15lbs and on the high dose, no more weight loss and no side effect. Depending on where you started that may be a pretty good result. If you stay on it, you should be able to keep most of that weight off. Yes, there may be a long-term risk, but it is so small that no treatment for this would ever be cost-effective or worth pursuing definitely not a course of yo-yo dieting!

Unfortunately, I cannot give any personal medical advice on this page — this is something you should discuss with your doctor. I was just diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. I read the saxenda PDF on the drug company site. Is the breast cancer finding statistically significant? I also have pain in upper right side. Which I need to check out. While I found this drug to be helpful in weightloss and to reduce large fluctuations in my weight, this is not worth the risk of cancer.

Are there any clinical trials studyng breast cancer and saxenda? While I cannot give any personal medical advice on this site, here is what is stated about breast malignancies in the Saxenda Monograph the wording of which is determined by Health Canada:.

The majority of cancers were estrogen- and progesterone-receptor positive. The key issue on why this data is inconclusive despite the numerical imbalance is that the number are relatively small. Also, it is important to remember that a numerical greater number of breast cancers have been observed in previous anti-obesity drug trials e. It is quite possible that this may in part be due to an ascertainment bias, meaning that weight loss makes the detection of breast cancers especially in the early stages much easier and therefore much more likely due to decrease in breast size and softening of breast tissue due to fat loss.

Others argue, that the duration of these trials even at two years is too short to actually lead to cancer, which generally takes much longer to develop hence the sentence in the monograph about pre-existing cancers.

That is a discussion to be had with your doctor. I would like to try Saxenda. My bmi is I have had surgery on my Mecklenburg and lower back this past year. I need to lose before I can exercise. What is the best way for me to get treatment. I have been obese off and on since I was 8 years old. Time to turn this around. I want a life. Does anyone have manulife for private insurance? Is there a way to get them to cover the cost of Saxenda? My BMI is well over 35 and I have sleep apnea.

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