Ozempic is a drug used to treat diabetes. Ozempic or Wegovy recently has gained attention because celebrities and influencers have described taking it to lose weight quickly. The Kardashians, Elon Musk and Andy Cohen all have discussed Ozempic’s growing popularity. The Food and Drug Administration first approved the injectable medication for treating diabetes in 2017. The FDA approved a drug with a higher dose of the active ingredient in Ozempic, called Semaglutide to treat obesity in 2021 under the name Wegovy.

How does Ozempic work?
Ozempic or Wegovy are both injected once per week in the thigh, stomach, or arm. Semaglutide lowers blood sugar levels and regulates insulin which is critical for Type 2 diabetes. Semaglutide imitates a hormone called glucagon-like-peptide1 that is naturally produced in our intestines. Ozempic signals our body to feel full or satisfied because Ozempic prompts our stomach to empty more slowly. Patients report feeling fuller faster.

Who should take Ozempic and Wegovy?
The F.D.A. approved Ozempic for people with Type 2 diabetes, the agency approved Wegovy for adults with obesity or excess weight with at least one weight related condition like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes.

What are the side effects of Ozempic and Wegovy?
Patients taking Ozempic or Wegovy may experience nausea, dehydration, fatigue, diarrhea, and constipation. Patients start on a lower dosage and then gradually build up to minimize the side effects.

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