Saxenda is a weight-loss injection pen that may increase a patient’s risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatic cancer, and pancreatitis.
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What is Saxenda?
Saxenda® (liraglutide) is an injectable prescription medicine that may help some adults with excess weight who also have weight-related medical problems or obesity (BMI > 30) lose weight and keep the weight off. Saxenda has the same active ingredient as Victoza® (liraglutide), but unlike Victoza, Saxenda is not for type-2 diabetes.
Saxenda and Thyroid Cancer
Saxenda and similar medications are known to cause thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer, in rats and mice. It is not known if Saxenda causes thyroid cancer in people, but Saxenda may increase the risk of a type of thyroid cancer called Medullary Thyoroid Carcinoma (MCC).
Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of thyroid cancer, such as:
- Neck pain
- Lump or swelling in your neck
- Trouble swallowing
- Shortness of breath
- Voice changes
- Enlarged lymph nodes
Saxenda Black Box Warning
Saxenda’s Prescribing Information (PDF) has a “Black Box” warning about the risk of thyroid c-cell tumors, which is the strongest type of warning label the FDA can require on a medication. Saxenda is contraindicated in patients with a personal or family history of Medullary Thyroid Cancer (MTC) or in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
Saxenda and Pancreatitis
Saxenda can cause serious side effects, including inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). It is unknown if Saxenda is safe for people who have had pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer in the past. Without treatment, it can progress to life-threatening hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis.
Signs & Symptoms of Pancreatitis
Patients should stop using Saxenda and call their healthcare provider immediately if they have symptoms of pancreatitis, such as severe pain in the stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, pain with or without vomiting, or feeling pain spread from the abdomen to the back.
Saxenda and Other Types of Cancer
In clinical trials, more cases of invasive breast cancer and colorectal cancer occurred in patients on Saxenda compared to a placebo. Unfortunately, there were too few cases to determine if Saxenda caused breast cancer or had an effect on pre-existing breast cancer.
Saxenda Side Effects
Saxenda may increase the risk of the following side effects:
- Thyroid cancer
- Medullary Thyoroid Carcinoma (MCC)
- Thyroid C-cell adenomas and carcinoma
- Pancreatic cancer
- Renal impairment
- Kidney problems
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