Lose Weight With Semaglutide

Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) drug used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity to manage obesity or overweight in adults with that have at least one weight-related condition. It has been found to assist people to lose up to an average of 15% of their initial weight.

If your assessment makes you eligible, we may prescribe you a form of semaglutide to help you lose weight.

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What is Semaglutide ?

Semaglutide is a GLP-1 drug prescribed to individuals who are obese or overweight and have at least one weight-related medical problem, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol, for the control of chronic weight.

Semaglutide functions by imitating the actions of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a substance that helps control hunger and blood sugar levels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Semaglutide for weight loss, and it can only be obtained with a prescription.

Semaglutide is a powerful selective GLP-1 receptor agonist and has been demonstrated to lessen appetite and heighten the feeling of fullness in subjects with a high BMI of over 27, with comorbidities such as hypertension or dyslipidemia, or individuals who have obesity (BMI of over 30).

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Semaglutide is a synthetic peptide that acts like a naturally occurring hormone in the body called GLP-1. Semaglutide works by slowing the stomach from emptying, which helps you feel full after eating.

Semaglutide also slows down the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream, which helps keep blood sugar levels under control.

Semaglutide is the active ingredient in Wegovy, Ozempic, and Rybelsus brand-name medicines.

How does semaglutide work?

Semaglutide helps you lose weight by reducing your appetite and how much food you eat by acting like GLP-1. Your body naturally produces GLP-1, which interacts with your brain to control your hunger and calorie intake.

After meals, GLP-1s trigger the pancreas to generate insulin to lower blood sugar levels. They also interact with brain receptors to reduce appetite. As a result of the chemicals released by these receptors, you feel less hungry. GLP-1s are organic substances, but they don't linger for very long in the human body. Because of this, taking GLP-1s even though your body already makes them—can aid in weight loss.

Is Semaglutide effective for weight loss?

Semaglutide is one of the most effective and dependable ways to lose weight quickly and safely.

A previous study of 2,000 obese adults compared people who used semaglutide along with a diet and exercise program to people who made the same lifestyle changes but did not use semaglutide. Half of the participants taking semaglutide lost 15% of their body weight after 68 weeks, and nearly a third lost 20%. Participants who only made lifestyle changes lost 2.4% of their body weight.

How much does semaglutide cost?

Semaglutide may be an expensive medication, with an out of pocket cost above $1,000.

How is semaglutide administered?

When taking Ozempic or Wegovy, semaglutide is administered as a once-weekly injection.

When taking Rybelsus, semaglutide is administered as a once-daily oral tablet.

However, don't expect to need a syringe and needle to administer Ozempic or Wegovy. Everything is pre-packaged in an easy-to-use, nearly painless tool.

Understanding your semaglutide dosage

Wegovy is available in five separate dosing strengths. Wegovy is started at 0.25 mg once a week and increased every 4 weeks until the full dose of 2.4 mg is reached.

Ozempic is available in three distinct dosing strengths. You begin Ozempic at 0.25 mg once a week and gradually raise the amount every four weeks until you reach the full dose of 1 mg.

Rybelsus is also available in three different dosage strengths. Rybelsus is started at 3 mg once daily and gradually increased to 7 mg or 14 mg after 30 days.


Side Effects of Semaglutide

Almost 95% of people who take GLP-1 drugs do not have negative effects, making side effects relatively rare. In individuals who experience side effects, nausea is frequently the most prevalent and usually goes away within the first month of taking the medicine.

Wegovy may also cause other adverse effects like flatulence, gastroenteritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, headaches, fatigue, dyspepsia, dizziness, abdominal distention, eructation, hypoglycemia in type 2 diabetic patients, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation.

Alternative medication

The two types of GLP-1 receptor agonists are short-acting formulations, which are taken once or twice a day, and long-acting formulations, which are taken once a week. The type given depends on a variety of factors, including medical history, cost (GLP-1 receptor agonists can be expensive), individual choice, and blood sugar management efficiency.