Can you drink on Saxenda

Saxenda and Alcohol: What Are the Risks

, reviewed by
 – Updated January 12, 2023
, reviewed by
 – Updated January 12, 2023
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We have carefully studied the information published by the manufacturer of Saxenda and TGA. Oddly enough, you can find no mentions of alcohol in the instructions for this medicine, including in such sections as Drug interactions and Precautions.

Does it mean you can combine Saxenda with alcohol? What consequences can you expect?

Let’s try to understand it.

Can you drink alcohol on Saxenda

If you read this, you have an important goal ahead of you. Perhaps you want to have an ideal figure, or maybe you want to make your weight healthier. In any case, you want to lose extra kilograms.

So, let’s try to answer the main question: will alcohol interfere with or help the weight loss program, even if it does not change the effect of Saxenda?

Hardly anyone would say that alcohol is good for weight loss, so the answer to this question seems evident. But we decided to go further and find specific data, results and numbers that can give you a realistic estimate of what to expect.

As a basis, we took one interesting study conducted in South Korea. 169 men and women (59.8% of drinkers) with varying degrees of overweight and obesity took Saxenda. Here’s what we found out:

  • Progress in weight loss was not significantly associated with alcohol consumption.
  • For abstainers, the average weight loss was 7.1%.
  • The drinkers showed a lower result of 5.9%.

Conclusion – if you don’t drink, you will have higher chances of losing additional kilograms. However, we found no reason to state you shouldn’t drink at all during Saxenda treatment. It should be noted that the above study didn’t include alcoholics and didn’t say how much alcohol the participants consumed.

Important information!
Everyone has a different body and health. You should always consult your doctor before mixing any medication with alcohol.

Liraglutide and alcohol

You probably know that Saxenda isn’t the only injectable with the active ingredient Liraglutide. In Australia, a drug for diabetics is available called Victoza (Liraglutide), a liquid solution for subcutaneous injection.

The instructions for this medicine indicate that alcohol abuse during treatment can lead to pancreatitis.


While there are no clear contraindications, talk to your doctor before combining Saxenda with alcohol or any other psychoactive substance.


Liraglutide activates some receptors in the brain and suppresses appetite. Alcohol affects the brain and nervous system in many ways, not all of which are yet fully understood. It is difficult to predict precisely how the brain will react to the simultaneous action of two substances.

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