Weight Loss Jab now available at Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy

Patients will have to fulfill a series of conditions

A weight loss injection has been officially rolled out across the UK and is now available in high street stores like Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy.

The injection, named Saxenda, mimics a hormone known as GLP1, which is usually excreted after a heavy meal. Essentially, the jab mimics said hormone to suppress appetite, reports ITV News.

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But weight loss drugs and gadgets are a hotly debated topic. Celebrities are constantly criticized for promoting teas and a plethora of other weight loss options. But fortunately, patients will need to book a consultation online before receiving the revolutionary new drug.

While Saxenda has now been rolled out en masse, the jab has actually been available since 2017, but only by private prescription. People must meet a series of criteria before they can even be considered. In most cases, you should be at least 30 years old on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale and have tried other weight loss methods.

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Prospective patients can expect to be asked about their medical history before they can purchase the jabs. The 3ml pre-filled pen lasts 17 days and a three-pack lasts just over a month.

Although they’re not astronomically expensive, a three-pack will still cost you £150 and a five-pack £240.

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But it’s not a magic bullet, or something to take in lieu of eating well and exercising regularly. When combined with a low-fat diet and exercise, Saxenda patients can expect to lose 5% body fat in three months.

For help, advice and more information about eating disorders, the charity BEAT keeps its helplines open 365 days a year.

NHS advice on eating disorders can be found here

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