What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide, sold under the brand names Wegovy and Ozempic among others, is an injectable medication used to manage long-term weight loss. It is an injectable medication that’s a glucagon-like peptide-1 agonist (GLP-1 – an incretin hormone that plays a role in appetite and digestion) that’s typically administered by injection regularly. It was originally approved under the brand name Ozempic in the USA to assist with managing blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes.
How does Semaglutide work for weight loss?
Semaglutide cause you to feel fuller by slowing down the speed at which digested food leaves your stomach, which reduces your appetite and leads to weight loss. Initially Semaglutide was used to treat Type 2 diabetes, due to its blood sugar-lowering effects. However, the weight-loss benefits have been demonstrated for both people with and without type 2 diabetes.
Common Side Effects of Semaglutide
The most common side-effects are nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Another potential interaction is with oral medications. Because semaglutide slows the release of digested food from your stomach, it may affect how certain oral medications are absorbed by your body when they’re taken together, including other blood sugar-lowering medications. However these side effects are manageable, if they occur, and normally disappear during the course of treatment.
At Weightwise, we monitor all of these potential interactions to ensure the correct course of treatment works for all our clients.