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What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a prescription weight loss medication manufactured by the Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk. Semaglutide is a potent, long-acting GLP-1 receptor agonist that works by selectively binding to and activating the GLP-1 receptor in the brain, which signals satiety and reduces feelings of hunger within weight loss subjects. This helps patients achieve their weight loss goals more easily and effectively instead of relying on diet, exercise, and willpower.

The Benefits of Semaglutide:

Semaglutide can make it easier for people to stick to a healthy diet and lose weight. Semaglutide is used in adults with a BMI over 27 who have comorbidities such as hypertension or dyslipidemia, as well as for obese adults with a BMI over 30. A Weight Loss Coach physician can prescribe Semaglutide to patients who want to expedite their weight loss or improve weight-related health issues.

How Effective is Semaglutide for Weight Loss?

Semaglutide is a prescription medication that helps people lose weight quickly and safely when combined with calorie restriction and increased exercise.

In clinical trials, obese or overweight adults who took Semaglutide with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity lost an average of 15% of their original body weight.

In addition, Semaglutide helps people maintain their weight loss over time, which is essential for long-term success. If you want to lose weight quickly and safely, Semaglutide may be the right medication.

How Does Semaglutide Work?

Semaglutide works by stimulating insulin release, which helps lower blood sugar levels. It also binds to receptors in the brain, which causes the release of chemicals that reduce your appetite. This can help control your blood sugar levels by triggering insulin production in the pancreas.

Semaglutide Generic Name & Class

GLP-1 is a naturally occurring chemical in the human body that helps regulate blood sugar levels through increased insulin production, leading to increased satiety following a meal. Semaglutide is a medication that mimics the effects of GLP-1s, and it can help you lose weight by causing the body to secrete less insulin.

What is the Dosage for Semaglutide?

Ozempic is available in three dosage strengths. Initially, 0.25 of Ozempic is administered once a week and is gradually increased until the full amount of 1 mg is reached. As for Wegovy, there are five different strengths, with the starting dose being 0.25 mg once a week. The dosage is then increased every four weeks until you reach your full dose of 2.4 mg. With Rybelsus, there are three different dose strengths available. This includes 3 mg, 7 mg, and 14 mg after 30 days. Your healthcare provider will recommend the proper dosing schedule for you.

How is Semaglutide Administered?

There are various ways to administer Semaglutide, depending on the prescription strength and whether you are getting an injection. With Ozempic, Semaglutide is injected once a week with a simple-to-use and painless pen pre-packed with everything you need. With Wegovy, like Ozempic, Semaglutide is injected once a week with a pen that does not require a needle or syringe. Rybelsus is available as a tablet form that is taken once daily.

Potential Side Effects of Semaglutide

Semaglutide, like all medications, has the potential to cause side effects. However, these are rare and usually resolve within a month. The most common side effects include nausea and indigestion, though over 95% of patients do not experience any side effects at all. If you do experience side effects, ensure that you speak with your doctor about how to manage them.

The possible side effects of Semaglutide include:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • abdominal pain
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • dyspepsia
  • dizziness
  • distention of the abdomen
  • eructation
  • flatulence,
  • gastroenteritis
  • gastroesophageal reflux

Alternative Medications

The GLP-1 category includes multiple weight-loss drugs, including Mounjaro (tirzepatide). Among the other medications that contain GLP-1 are: