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Can you get Saxenda on the NHS?

Robbie Puddick
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Robbie Puddick

Medically reviewed by

Fiona Moncrieff

3 min read
Last updated May 2024

Jump to: How do you qualify for a Saxenda prescription? | Can you get Saxenda without a prescription? | Should I buy Saxenda? | Second Nature’s medication-supported programme

Saxenda can be prescribed on the NHS via a specialist tier 3 weight management service, which your GP can refer you to.

However, it’s not recommended that GPs in the UK prescribe Saxenda directly. Instead, they’re advised to refer patients to a tier 3 weight management service, where the prescription may be given.

A Tier 3 weight management service is a specialised programme designed for adults with severe and complex obesity who have been struggling to lose weight for an extended period of time. These programmes typically last 12-18 months.

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How do you qualify for a Saxenda prescription?

To receive a Saxenda prescription from a tier 3 weight management service in the UK, here are some of the criteria you need to meet:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Have a BMI of 40 or over without any other health conditions
  • Have a BMI of 35 or over with one or more obesity-related health conditions,
  • such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have tried other weight loss treatments, such as diet and exercise, without success
  • Be committed to making lifestyle changes to support weight loss
  • Be referred by a GP or healthcare professional

Can you get Saxenda without a prescription?

You can only get Saxenda with a prescription, but you don’t need to receive this from your GP or via a tier 3 weight management service.

You can purchase Saxenda from registered pharmacies by completing an online form confirming your eligibility.

Should I buy Saxenda?

Deciding to start a new medication is a highly personal choice. So, ultimately, it depends on whether you believe it’s the best decision for your health going forward.

Saxenda can support weight loss of around 5-7% alongside lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.

However, research has shown that newer GLP-1 medications, like Wegovy, can lead to more significant weight loss with fewer side effects.

The potential for Wegovy to support significant weight loss is why Second Nature has launched a medication-supported programme this year, where you can purchase a Wegovy prescription alongside our award-winning weight-loss programme.

However, all medications come with risks and rewards, and not everyone is suitable for Wegovy. Saxenda may be a better choice for you.

Why choose Second Nature?

Weight-loss injections are designed as additional tools for weight management interventions and shouldn’t be considered lifelong medications.

Instead, they should be used to help you kickstart your weight loss and healthy journey while you commit to living a healthier lifestyle.

Consider the use of antidepressants for people living with depression. They’re not designed to cure the condition. Instead, they’re designed to allow room for therapy to treat the condition’s underlying cause.

Mounjaro, and other weight loss injections, like Ozempic and Wegovy, are similar. They can allow you to make lifestyle changes to support long-term weight loss maintenance.

Mounjaro can help silence food-related thoughts and also give you a boost of confidence with more immediate weight-loss results.

This helps to buy you the time and headspace to understand why your body may have struggled to lose weight previously, and to build new long-term healthy habits.

The core focus of our medication programmes is to calm down the feeling of food noise, lower your cravings, and allow you to build healthier habits to keep the weight off for good.

The ultimate goal is to make losing weight feel second nature.

Second Nature’s medication-supported programmes

Second Nature has two medication-supported programmes: a Wegovy weight-loss programme and a Mounjaro weight-loss programme.

If you’ve made the decision to try Wegovy or Mounjaro (assuming you’re eligible), why should you choose Second Nature over other medication providers?

For peace of mind.

Second Nature has worked with the NHS for over 6 years providing weight-loss programmes across the UK.

Whilst our Wegovy and Mounjaro weight-loss programmes are private and not currently used by the NHS, we’ve built the programmes with a focus on scientific evidence, patient safety, and data security.

We hope that our 6+ years of working with the NHS and building a track record of effective weight-loss results will give you peace of mind to give us a try.

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