SkinnyJab is a celebrity endorsed weight loss programme. It uses a course of injectable medication (that uses the same active ingredient as Saxenda), administered on either a daily or weekly basis, that works to suppress your appetite. 

How does SkinnyJab work?

The active ingredient used in the skinny pen injections is liraglutide. This works in a similar way to the body’s naturally occurring hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) which is released from the intestine after eating a meal. 

The active component targets appetite receptors in the brain with the result that you feel full. The feeling of being full should help you reduce the amount of food you eat and in turn lose weight. 

What’s the difference between SkinnyJab and Saxenda? 

The injection used as part of the SkinnyJab weight loss programme is a medication called Saxenda. Saxenda contains the active ingredient, liraglutide which is often used to treat type 2 diabetes, it is also licensed to help with weight loss for people with a BMI of 30 or over; or 27 and over, alongside weight related health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Saxenda is a Prescription Only Medicine which means that a doctor or qualified prescribing pharmacist or nurse must prescribe it for you.

In order to access SkinnyJab, you need to have a ‘face-to-face consultation’, whereas Saxenda injections can be bought through our GPhC-registered pharmacy, following completion of an online medical questionnaire for weight loss. Patients are then able to carry out the injection at home. 

However it is important to note that you need to have been shown how to administer the injection by a doctor or nurse, in person, prior to ordering a course of Saxenda through our website.

How are SkinnyJab and Saxenda administered? 

This type of weight loss treatment is administered through a subcutaneous injection. The prefilled pen is aligned to the correct dose on the dose counter. The injection is usually applied to either the abdomen, the front of the thigh or the upper part of the arm. 

How much does it cost? 

The price of a course of weight loss injections can vary depending on where you choose to buy it from. You can find out how much it would cost to purchase your Saxenda medication through our website on our dedicated Saxenda page. 

Is Saxenda cheaper than SkinnyJab? 

It depends where you buy them from, but self-administering Saxenda injections does tend to be cheaper than the SkinnyJab programme. At the time of writing (August 2020) one injection pen costs £75 at, whereas single repeat skinny pens cost £165 on the SkinnyJab website. Discounts are offered for larger orders of two pens (£265) and three pens (£350), but SkinnyJab still works out as more expensive.

In order to buy Saxenda from our online pharmacy, you can complete a medical questionnaire for weight loss. One of our qualified clinicians will then review your answers in order to assess the suitability of the medication, and issue a prescription where appropriate. This will then be dispensed and shipped from our UK pharmacy by special courier.

Are weight loss injections safe? 

Liraglutide is a prescription medication used as part of a weight loss program. It has undergone clinical trials in order to be safely prescribed by qualified clinicians in the UK. 

All medications have the potential to cause side effects. You should always read the corresponding patient information leaflet in order to be fully aware of the potential side effects. 

When you order Saxenda the prescribing clinician will need to know about your past medical history and whether you are taking any other medications (prescribed, over-the-counter or herbal).

Page last reviewed:  08/10/2020