Weight-loss jabs now sold in pharmacies like Boots and Lloyds – YorkshireLive

A new weight loss jab will soon be available from high street pharmacies like Boots and Lloyds.

The injection suppresses the appetite and it is hoped it will become a ‘game-changer’ in the nation’s battle against obesity.

According to figures, the UK is the most obese in Europe with more than 35 million people either classed as overweight or obese.

Now, the NHS and pharmacies can prescribe a new weight-loss jab Saxenda in a bid to tackle the country’s obesity crisis, reports Leicestershire Live

How does the weight-loss jab work?

Saxenda works by mimicking a hormone called GLP1, that is released after eating a filling meal.

By posing as the hormone, the jab suppresses your appetite, meaning you will hopefully eat less.

Saxenda is injected once a day under the skin, recommended to be administered to the abdomen, the front of your thighs or your upper arm.

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It gets to work almost immediately and people could see the effects within two weeks.

When combined with a low fat food plan and modern levels of activity, users of Saxenda could expect to lose five per cent of their body weight over three months.

However, it is important to stress that Saxenda is a weight-loss aid and not a cure that works without major dietary and lifestyle changes.

How to get weight-loss jab at pharmacies

To get access to the weight-loss jab at the likes of Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy, you have to meet certain criteria that changes depending on the individual.

In most cases you have to be 30 or above on the Body Mass Index scale and have tried other methods of losing weight before being accepted for Saxenda.

You can apply online, where you will be asked questions just like a traditional appointment at you GP.

The questionnaire asks you about your medical history and symptoms.

Your answers help their experts assess your suitability for treatment.

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If accepted, you can pick up your jabs in store or have them delivered for free to your home.

Saxenda comes in a 3ml pre-filled injection pen, with a single pen lasting 17 days and a pack of three covering 4.5 weeks.

A pack of three pens costs £150, while a pack of five is priced at £240.

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