What is Ozempic?
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Ozempic is a simple, once a week, injection which contains the weight loss drug Semaglutide and helps you lose weight. It's a pharmaceutical drug initially developed to help people with diabetes controlling and lowering blood sugar levels. However clinical trials have shown that Ozempic is also a safe and effective treatment for obese patients to aid weight loss.
Ozempic mimics a natural hormone in your body called GLP-1. This hormone is produced by your digestive system in response to eating food. It acts on both the brain and the digestive system to regulate how full you feel after a meal. It slows down the emptying of your stomach into the rest of your digestive system.
GLP-1 also regulates insulin secretion in response to eating meals so that your blood sugar is better controlled (even lowering blood sugar levels) and reduces your appetite by signalling to your brain that you've eaten a meal.
Ozempic acts just like this natural hormone to make you feel fuller for longer, reducing your cravings for more food, enhancing the way your body regulates blood sugar levels and the storage of fat. This can help patients lose weight.
You'll start on the lowest dose, 0.25mg, and then gradually increase over 8 weeks to the 1mg dose. This helps your body adjust to the medication in the first few weeks and reduces the severity of common side effects, such as nausea. Ozempic comes in a pre-filled injection that looks like a pen, along with single-use needles. It takes just 2 minutes to use and comes with full instructions
Simply put a new needle onto your Ozempic pen, select your dose and then hold the pen firmly against the skin of your tummy, upper thigh, or upper arm while you hold down the injector button.
You can use Ozempic for weight loss if you're aged between 18 and 75 and:
Who should not use Ozempic:
Most people can take Ozempic for weight loss safely, however there are some medical conditions that might make it unsuitable for you due to increased safety risks. Some of the reasons you shouldn't use Ozempic for weight loss (or we may need to give you special advice) are:
This isn't a complete list, so when you have a consultation with our prescriber we'll make sure that Ozempic is suitable for your individual circumstances before prescribing it.