Can I split my Saxenda® (liraglutide) dose?

It is generally not recommended to split the doses of Saxenda even though the Saxenda pens are able to administer doses in different increments (0.6 mg, 1.2 mg, 1.8 mg, 2.4 mg and 3 mg).  By taking a single dose daily, it helps ensure more consistent blood levels of the medication. Furthermore, once a day dosing is how the medication was studied in clinical trials and approved by the FDA.  If you find that you are not tolerating a higher dose of the medication due to side effects, rather than splitting the dose you should discuss this with your doctor.

Saxenda® is a registered trademark of Novo Nordisk A/S.

Lauren Lemieux, MD

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.

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