How Does Wegovy Work?

The hormone GLP-1 is active in several areas of the brain for regulating our food intake. When you take Wegovy (semaglutide), it activates your GLP-1 receptors, which makes you think you're full. As a result, your appetite is reduced, and it becomes much easier to limit your calorie intake.

How Much Weight Can You Lose With Wegovy?

In clinical studies, patients taking Wegovy for 68 weeks lost an average of 35 lbs (15% of their body weight). If you take Wegovy for one year, you can likely expect to lose at least 5% of your body weight.

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How Soon Can I Expect to Lose Weight?

When you begin taking Wegovy in NYC & New Jersey, the first four to twelve weeks are called the induction phase. You'll gradually increase your dose to adjust your body to the medication during this time. Once this induction period is over, the maintenance phase begins, and that's when you can typically expect to start losing weight.

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How Often Is Wegovy Taken?

Wegovy should be taken once each week, on the same day every week. It doesn’t matter what time of the day the medication is taken.

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Is Wegovy Safe?

Yes. Wegovy is an FDA-approved weight-loss medication, and its safety has been studied in several clinical trials. As long as you use the semaglutide in NYC & New Jersey correctly, it's entirely safe to take.

How Do I Take Wegovy?

Wegovy is taken by injecting the medication under the skin of your stomach, thigh, or upper arm using a special pen device. It’s important to rotate your injection site each week and avoid injecting the medication into skin that’s tender, bruised, red, or hard. To properly inject Wegovy, you can follow these steps:

  1. Remove the cap from the pen device
  2. Push the pen firmly against your skin and hold it until the yellow bar stops moving
  3. You will hear two clicks: one when the injection begins and another while the injection is in progress
  4. Once the yellow bar has stopped moving, remove the pen from your skin
  5. Dispose of your Wegovy pen in an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container

Risks and Side Effects of Wegovy

In some patients, Wegovy can cause certain side effects. The most common side effects of the medication include:

  • Low blood sugar (in patients with type 2 diabetes)
  • Upset stomach/heartburn
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea/constipation
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness

Wegovy can also cause more serious side effects. You should contact your doctor immediately if you encounter any of the following symptoms:

  • Vision changes
  • Unusual mood shifts
  • Pounding heartbeat/chest fluttering
  • Light-headedness
  • Swelling or a lump in your neck
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe pain in upper stomach
  • Fever
  • Jaundice


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