Determining the effects of combined liraglutide and phentermine on metabolic parameters, blood pressure, and heart rate in lean and obese Male mice

Stephanie E. Simonds, Jack T. Pryor, Frank H. Koegler, Alberte S. Buch-Rasmussen, Lauren E. Kelly, Kevin L. Grove, Michael A. Cowley

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


Liraglutide, a glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, and phentermine, a psychostimulant structurally related to amphetamine, are drugs approved for the treatment of obesity and hyperphagia. There is significant interest in combination use of liraglutide and phentermine for weight loss; however, both drugs have been reported to induce systemic hemodynamic changes, and as such the therapeutic window for this drug combination needs to be determined. To understand their impact on metabolic and cardiovascular physiology, we tested the effects of these drugs alone and in combination for 21 days in lean and obese male mice. The combination of liraglutide and phentermine, at 100 mg/kg/day and 10 mg/kg/day, respectively, produced the largest reduction in body weight in both lean and diet-induced obese (DIO) mice, when compared with both vehicle and monotherapy-treated mice. In lean mice, combination treatment at the aforementioned doses significantly increased heart rate and reduced blood pressure, whereas in DIO mice, combination therapy induced a transient increase in heart rate and decreased blood pressure. These studies demonstrate that in obese mice, the combination of liraglutide and phentermine may reduce body weight but only induce modest improvements in cardiovascular functions. Conversely, in lean mice, the additional weight loss from combination therapy does not improve cardiovascular parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-695
Number of pages13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

Cite this