Weight Loss Programme

Weight loss programme at Apple Tree Pharmacy 

People who have lost weight often end up with the issue of regaining this at a later stage. If this is something you have experienced in the past, you may wonder why it is so hard to maintain weight-loss. 

This happens for two reasons.

  1. Firstly, by losing weight you end up feeling more hungry but less satisfied.
  2. Secondly, your body goes into an energy-saving mode and burns fewer calories. 

What is it and how does it work? 

At Apple Tree Pharmacy we can offer an aid to your weight loss journey using a prescription strength medication called Saxenda® which is an injection administered daily.

Saxenda® can:

  1. Regulate your appetite,
  2. Decrease feelings of hunger while increasing feelings of fullness, resulting in you eating less.
  3. Offers improved glycemic control.

It is recommended for people with a BMI of 27 or more. 

How long do I need to take the treatment for? 

Your first 16 weeks of Saxenda® are cruicial, and the pharmacist will monitor you closely to assess how effective Saxenda® is working for you. 

The first 4 weeks are dose escalation to the highest dose, and the next 12 weeks for maintenance on this dose.  

You can achieve 5% weight-loss or more of your initial weight in 12 weeks. If you have not achieved this, the treatment has not worked for you and you will need to look into alternative treatment methods. 

Is it safe for me to use? 

There have been may trials to prove that Saxenda® is safe to use in most patients. To ensure it is safe for you, the prescribing pharmacist will assess your consent form and consider all your health conditions by performing a risk assessment and a thorough consultation prior to prescribing the Saxenda®. 

What are the side effects? 

The main side effects of Saxenda® include nausea/vomiting, constipation/diarrhoea or headaches, at the initial stage of the treatment and can disappear in a few days. The slow dose escalation allows the body to adapt and by eating smaller meals, stop eating when full and avoiding strong smelling foods can help the symptoms. 

As Saxenda® is an injectable treatment, you may experience some local effects such as rash or redness at the injection site. 

Do I have to inject myself? 

Yes. Saxenda® comes as a pre-filled injection pen. It is simple to use with a dose dial. You will be trained on how to inject by the pharmacist. The injection is supplied with needles which are thin and therefore make the injecting almost pain free. 

When it comes to losing weight, small steps can make an impact.  To achieve the most out of your treatment, you should follow a healthy eating plan and increase your physical activity. 

Don’t panic!! We will not put on a restricted eating plan and hours of exercise! 

Why? Because as you already know- this does not work and this is why you are reading this right now. 

When it comes to losing weight, small steps can make an impact. Regardless of what you choose going forward, you should always: 

  1. Pick something you are willing to do.
  2. Make it a part of your daily routine. 
  3. Set attainable goals.
  4. Take it one day at a time. 

Consultation

If you choose to start the weight loss programme with us, we will give you guidance and support to set attainable goals with one to one consultation. 

Initial consultation – one off fee – £15. 

Together we will help you lose the weight and keep it off. 

For a consultation please fill in the consultation form. Once received, our pharmacist will call you to arrange a face to face consultation, after which you can begin your weight loss journey. 

Cost:

First 4 weeks you can buy the pens individually: 

£80 per pen

After 4 weeks once 3mg dose achieved 

£375 for 5 pens for 30 days 

Click here to fill out a consultation form