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Semaglutide

Same active ingredient as

Ozempic & Wegovy

Semaglutide

Semaglutide is gaining popularity quickly, and for good reason, IT WORKS!  In clinical trials participants lost an average of 15% of their body weight while taking Semaglutide. That means for someone weighing 200lbs, the AVERAGE weight loss was 30 lbsMany participants lost 40 lbs, 50 lbs, and more 1.

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What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a highly effective medication for weight management, recognized for its dual benefits in both weight loss and diabetes management. It is available under the brand names Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus. Semaglutide works by mimicking the hormone GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1), which plays a crucial role in regulating appetite and blood sugar levels.

How Does Semaglutide Work?

Semaglutide functions as a non-stimulant appetite suppressant. It acts by:

  • Delaying Gastric Emptying: Slows down digestion, making you feel full longer after eating smaller amounts of food.
  • Reducing Blood Glucose Levels: Stimulates the pancreas to release insulin, lowering blood sugar levels.
  • Suppressing Appetite: Significantly reduces appetite, leading to weight loss and overall health improvements.

Who is Semaglutide For?

Semaglutide is recommended for:

  • Adults with a BMI of 30 or greater.
  • Adults with a BMI of 27 to 29.9 who have at least one weight-related health issue such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, triglycerides, diabetes, or pre-diabetes.

Who Should Not Take Semaglutide?

Patients with certain medical conditions should avoid Semaglutide, including:

  • A family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
  • Those with kidney problems, pancreas problems, a history of diabetic retinopathy, or those who are breastfeeding, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant.

Potential Side Effects of Semaglutide

Semaglutide may cause side effects, which are typically mild and occur most often at the beginning of treatment. Common side effects include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Belching
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation

More serious side effects, although less common, can include:

  • Thyroid tumors (including cancer) in some cases
  • Pancreatitis
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Kidney problems
  • Serious allergic reactions

To minimize side effects, it is recommended to follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Over-eating or consuming junk food while on Semaglutide can increase the intensity of side effects.


Why Does Semaglutide Cause Nausea?

Nausea is the most commonly reported side effect of Semaglutide. This is likely due to its mechanism of delaying gastric emptying, which can increase pressure inside the stomach, triggering feelings of nausea. Fortunately, this side effect is usually mild and tends to subside over time.

Getting Started on Our Semaglutide Program

Semaglutide is administered as a once-weekly self-injection. The typical dosage progression is:

  • First 4 weeks: 0.25 mg per week
  • Second month: 0.5 mg per week
  • Third month: 1 mg per week
  • Fourth month and beyond: Up to 2 mg per week, depending on tolerance and effectiveness

Brand Names of Semaglutide

Semaglutide is marketed under three brand names:

  • Ozempic: A weekly injection for diabetes management.
  • Rybelsus: A daily oral tablet for diabetes management.
  • Wegovy: A weekly injection specifically approved for obesity treatment.

Is Compounded Semaglutide Safe?

Yes, compounded Semaglutide is safe. Compounding pharmacies offer injectable generic Semaglutide, which has the same active ingredient and safety profile as the brand name versions.

How Long Does Semaglutide Take to Work?

While some patients notice effects immediately, the maximum effect may take several months. Providers typically start with a low dose and increase it gradually over four months. Significant appetite suppression and weight loss may be more noticeable at higher dosages.

How Long Can You Take Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is approved for chronic weight management, meaning it can be prescribed for as long as needed. The medication is designed for long-term use to support ongoing weight loss and maintenance.

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Why Choose Phoenix Weight Loss and Wellness?

At Phoenix Weight Loss and Wellness, our dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and medical assistants is here to guide you through your weight loss journey with personalized care and support. Contact us today to see if Semaglutide is the right choice for you!

References

  1. Wilding, J., et al. (2021). Once-Weekly Semaglutide in Adults with Overweight or Obesity. New England Journal of Medicine. 
  2. Norfleet, Tracy. (2023). How to Manage Nausea from Ozempic for Long-Lasting Relief. GoodRX, Inc.


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