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Medical Weight Loss Plan FAQ
What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is the first FDA-approved drug for chronic weight management in adults with general obesity or overweight since 2014. Semaglutide (Brand name Ozempic) is an injectable medication that, when combined with diet and exercise, helps with blood sugar control. Semaglutide belongs to a class of medications called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists, which mimic the hormone GLP-1 in your body to lower blood sugar levels after eating.
What is the hormone GLP-1?
Is Semaglutide a type of insulin?
Is Semaglutide a stimulant?
How does Semaglutide work for weight loss?
Does Semaglutide curb your appetite?
How long does it take to lose weight on Semaglutide?
Is Semaglutide safe?
What is the starting dose of Semaglutide for weight loss?
Is Semaglutide covered by my insurance?
Where will I buy my Semaglutide?
What is the dose of Semaglutide?
Are there any foods or medications you should avoid while on Semaglutide?
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are on Semaglutide.
First, you’ll want to limit how much alcohol you drink while taking Semaglutide for weight loss. Alcohol can affect your blood sugar, and there is a risk that it may drop too low in combination with Semaglutide, especially if you are drinking on an empty stomach. Alcohol can irritate your stomach, too. This might make you feel worse, along with some of the GI side effects from the medication.
You’ll also want to exercise caution if taking oral medications. Since Semaglutide slows down gastric emptying, this can impact the amount of oral medication your body absorbs. While trials have not shown this to be significant with Semaglutide, you’ll want to ensure your provider is aware of any other medications you are taking before starting Semaglutide.
What are the known side effects of Semaglutide?
• Stomach pain
Are there any significant health risks associated with using Semaglutide?
• Prolonged vomiting. Patients on Semaglutide can develop gastroparesis, where the stomach stops moving and patients vomit considerably. This can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Stop using Semaglutide and call your healthcare provider if you have been vomiting for more than one day.
• Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). You may feel the pain from your abdomen to your back. Stop using Semaglutide and call your health care provider immediately if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting.
• Changes in vision. Tell your healthcare provider if you have changes in vision during treatment with Semaglutide
• Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Your risk for getting low blood sugar may be higher if you use Semaglutide with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include dizziness or lightheadedness, blurred vision, anxiety, irritability or mood changes, sweating, slurred speech, hunger, confusion or drowsiness, shakiness, weakness, headache, fast heartbeat, and feeling jittery.
• Kidney problems (kidney failure). In people with kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration), which may cause kidney problems to get worse. You must drink fluids to help reduce your chance of dehydration.
• Serious allergic reactions. Stop using Semaglutide and get medical help immediately if you have any symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, including swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat; problems breathing or swallowing; severe rash or itching; fainting or feeling dizzy; or very rapid heartbeat.