Saxenda prescription for weight loss

(liraglutide) injection

  • FDA-approved medication for weight loss

  • Lose 9% of your body weight on average in 1 year*

  • Helps you feel full faster, longer

Safety info: Saxenda treats obesity or overweight (with weight-related problems), along with diet and exercise. Saxenda may have serious side effects, including possible thyroid tumors. Do not use if you or your family have a history of a type of thyroid cancer called MTC or MEN 2. Do not use if you are pregnant. Read more about serious warnings and safety info.

How Ro helps you lose weight

We’re pushing every day to get medication to our patients faster. Here’s a quick rundown: It takes 4-6 weeks to start if you’re not using insurance. If your provider orders a lab test, it may extend the timeline depending on how quickly you complete the labs. If you’d like to use your insurance, it can take an additional 2-3 weeks to determine coverage. We’ll handle the paperwork and work hard to get that coverage for you.

Getting started

Answer health questions and complete your online visit

Share your health history and weight loss goals with us online to get started. A Ro-affiliated provider will review your answers and get back to you within a few days. Depending on your health review, a provider may order a metabolic lab test before moving forward with treatment.

After reviewing your results, your provider will determine if you’re eligible for medication. If you are, they’ll tailor a program with prescription treatment best suited to your unique biology.

If you'd like to try to use insurance, our concierge partner connects with your insurance company to help get the cost of medication covered. If coverage is denied, we'll help you understand your options, including paying cash.

Ongoing monthly care

If you're prescribed compounded semaglutide, our partner pharmacy will ship your medication in 1-4 days. If you're prescribed a branded GLP-1 medication, you'll get your prescription from your preferred pharmacy. Medication costs are not included.

You’ll have everything you need during treatment, including on-demand provider access via video or messaging, medication management, and ongoing refill support.


Dr. Pepper lost 30 lbs in 1 year

“I started losing weight almost immediately. To me, truly, this has been a game-changer.”

Dr. Pepper Ro Ambassador who inspired the Body Program, after taking GLP-1 medication


Stacie lost 49 lbs in 6 months

“I used to constantly crave food in general. I was always hungry before starting the Body Program.”

Stacie Ro member after taking GLP-1 medication

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Saxenda Prescription Online 101

What is Saxenda?

Saxenda is a brand-name version of the generic medication liraglutide. Saxenda is FDA-approved and clinically proven to help with weight loss and belongs to a group of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. These drugs limit your appetite by acting like a hormone that slows down your gut, making you feel less hungry. People on Saxenda lost an average of 9% of their body weight after one year.*

How does Saxenda work?

Saxenda works for weight loss by mimicking the hormone GLP-1, which reduces appetite and slows down the movement of food through your stomach. This may make you feel full longer and therefore eat less, which can lead to weight loss. When paired with healthy food choices and regular exercise, Saxenda can assist you in reaching and maintaining your long-term weight goals.

Do you prescribe Saxenda for weight loss?

Yes. If appropriate, adults can get Saxenda (liraglutide) through the Body Program. Currently, the Body Program is only available for adults 18 years and older. 

Is Saxenda FDA-approved?

Yes, Saxenda is FDA approved for weight loss in adults with a BMI of  ≥30 or a BMI of ≥27 and at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Saxenda is supposed to be taken in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and greater physical activity.

How do you take Saxenda?

Saxenda is a clear liquid that comes in prefilled injection pens. Each pen contains multiple doses. If prescribed, you (or someone in your household) will administer the injection once daily under the skin of your stomach, thigh, or arm. You’ll also receive clear instructions on using the injection pen, and your Ro-affiliated provider can offer additional advice.

What is Saxenda dosing?

Like other GLP-1 medications like Ozempic and Wegovy (active ingredient semaglutide), dosing gradually increases with Saxenda. The typical Saxenda dosing schedule starts with 0.6 mg once daily for one week. After that, your dose will increase each week until you reach the max amount of 3 mg per day, also called the maintenance dose.

How much weight can I expect to lose with GLP-1s?

Non-diabetic patients who completed the 56-week clinical trial lost an average of 9% of their body weight.

*In a 56-week clinical trial of 3,731 non-diabetic patients with obesity (BMI ≥30) or with overweight (BMI ≥27) and at least one weight-related condition, the 1,812 patients that completed the trial lost an average of 9.2% of their body weight, when Saxenda was paired with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.