Can You Drink Alcohol on Saxenda® (Liraglutide)?
Alcohol in moderation is likely safe while taking Saxenda®. However, there are other reasons why it might not be a good idea to drink alcohol in combination with this medication. This is because alcohol lowers our inhibitions and provides additional calories which may make it harder to stick to our healthy eating plan and maintain a calorie deficit. Additionally, Saxenda commonly causes gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, heartburn and diarrhea which may be worsened with alcohol intake. It is important you discuss your alcohol use with your doctor prior to and while using a Saxenda prescription as your provider may recommend avoiding alcohol completely based on your medical history and other medications you may be taking.
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Lauren Lemieux, MD
FACP, ABOM diplomate
Dr. Lauren Lemieux completed her Internal Medicine residency and fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at UCLA. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. She is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Lemieux is passionate about helping her patients reach their health goals using personalized nutrition, lifestyle and weight management strategies.