Does Saxenda cause hair loss as a side effect? 

Does Saxenda cause hair loss as a side effect? 

No, Saxenda is not directly associated with hair loss as this medication does not affect the way your hair grows. However, there are some people who have reported the loss of hair on Saxenda. 

According to the experts, Saxenda promotes weight loss because of its mechanism of action and this is why the drug can be used for chronic weight management. 

Now, people lose weight at different rates when they are on weight management pills and what they eat is also an important factor to consider. 

People with nutrient-deficient diets may lose weight rapidly on Saxenda and this could lead to hair loss in such people. So, hair loss on Saxenda is related to the rate of weight loss. 

If you’re moderately losing weight and are eating everything your body needs for its normal physiological functioning, you will most likely not suffer from hair loss. However, if you are losing hair on Saxenda and you’re concerned about it, talk to your healthcare provider. 

What side effects are common with Saxenda use?

Saxenda may not cause hair loss, but it is associated with some side effects. These include (1): 

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Increased heart rate

Saxxenda may also cause rare and serious side effects in some individuals, which should be immediately reported to the prescribing physician. These include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Pancreatitis 
  • Thyroid C-cell tumors

It is crucial to take Saxenda just as directed by your healthcare provider and closely monitor your side effects. Saxenda may not work well in every individual, as people are different and can respond differently to medications. 

Patient-specific factors like age, weight, dosage strength, concomitant use of other medications, any underlying health conditions, and overall genetics can make a difference. 

This is why you should always seek medical attention if you start to notice unusual side effects or if you believe that the medication is not helping your symptoms the way it should.

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