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How does the appetite suppressant drug liraglutide (Saxenda) work?

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You take this as an injection. It was originally marketed as a diabetes treatment under the brand name Victoza. The drug dampens hunger by acting on a hormone in the gut.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Appetite Suppressants."

Drug Design, Development, and Therapy: " Liraglutide and Obesity: A Review of the Data So Far."

Andrea Smith Dyer, office of media affairs, FDA.

Theresa Eisenman, office of media affairs, FDA.

JAMA : "Association of Pharmacological Treatments for Obesity With Weight Loss and Adverse Events: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis."

Mayo Clinic: "Common Weight-Loss Drugs," "Over-the-Counter Weight-Loss Pills."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Prescription Medications to Treat Overweight and Obesity."

Obesity Action Coalition: "Contrave: New Obesity Medication Now Available."

FDA: "Medications that Target Long-Term Weight Control."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Appetite Suppressants."

Drug Design, Development, and Therapy: " Liraglutide and Obesity: A Review of the Data So Far."

Andrea Smith Dyer, office of media affairs, FDA.

Theresa Eisenman, office of media affairs, FDA.

JAMA : "Association of Pharmacological Treatments for Obesity With Weight Loss and Adverse Events: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis."

Mayo Clinic: "Common Weight-Loss Drugs," "Over-the-Counter Weight-Loss Pills."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Prescription Medications to Treat Overweight and Obesity."

Obesity Action Coalition: "Contrave: New Obesity Medication Now Available."

FDA: "Medications that Target Long-Term Weight Control."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 04, 2018

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