How Does Ozempic Work?

Ozempic, which is made using semaglutide, belongs to a class of medicines called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists. When you take Ozempic, it works by binding itself to your GLP-1 receptors. This stimulates your pancreas to release insulin when you need it. Additionally, it reduces the amount of sugar released from your liver and helps to slow down food that's exiting your stomach. As a result of these different effects, your A1C and blood sugar levels are lowered, and your appetite may also be reduced, which can lead to significant weight loss.

How Much Weight Can You Lose With Ozempic?

Although Ozempic is not technically a weight-loss medication, adults taking the medicine have typically lost between 8 and 14 lbs. The specific amount of weight lost will depend on your dosage and starting weight.

How Soon Can I Expect to Lose Weight?

Typically, you can expect to start noticing weight loss after several weeks of taking Ozempic. However, some patients have experienced weight loss in as little as one or two weeks.

How Often Is Ozempic Taken?

When you’ve been prescribed Ozempic, you should take the medication once per week. You should take the medication on the same day each week, but the time doesn’t matter.

How Do I Take Ozempic?

You should always follow your doctor's instructions when taking Ozempic. Usually, treatment will start with a low dose that is gradually increased every four weeks. Ozempic is taken by injecting it under the skin with or without a meal. The medication should be injected at the front of your thigh, your abdomen, or your upper arm, and it's recommended that you rotate your injection site each week.

To take Ozempic, you will be given an Ozempic injection pen. This pen will contain more than one dose of the medication. After your first use, you should store the pen with the needle removed either at room temperature or in the refrigerator. It's important to keep the pen cap on when not in use and to protect the medicine from heat and light.

After using a needle to inject Ozempic, dispose of it in a sharps container. Do not reuse needles.

At New York Bariatric Group, we will ensure you understand how to take Ozempic in NYC, Long Island & New Jersey safely.

Is Ozempic Safe?

Ozempic is FDA-approved and generally considered safe in doses up to 2 mg for adults who have type 2 diabetes. Ozempic should not be used for type 1 diabetes. Additionally, you should not take Ozempic if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are allergic to semaglutide
  • Have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma

Risks and Side Effects of Ozempic

The most common side effects of Ozempic include:

  • Low blood sugar
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness

In rare cases, Ozempic can also cause more serious side effects. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience:

  • Vision changes
  • Mood changes
  • Pounding heartbeat/fluttering
  • Lightheadedness
  • Swelling or lump in neck
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Shortness of breath

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