Ozempic (semaglutide) is an FDA-approved GLP-1 medication manufactured by Novo Nordisk, the same company that makes Wegovy (another form of semaglutide). It is a once-weekly prescription medication administered via subcutaneous injection.
Ozempic works by mimicking the incretin hormones that your body naturally produces when you eat food.
Incretin hormones are gut hormone signals released by the small intestine that travel throughout the body, signaling the brain, endocrine system, and gastrointestinal system that food has been consumed and is ready to be metabolized by the body for fuel. This results in a complex cascade of hormones and neurotransmitters that work together to communicate feelings of satiety (or feeling full).
GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) is one such incretin hormone, but it does more than just influence satiety: It also plays an important role in the management of blood sugar levels and can improve blood sugar levels in people living with impaired glucose tolerance, prediabetes, or diabetes.
As a GLP-1 receptor agonist, Ozempic works by imitating the effects of the GLP-1 hormone produced naturally in your body.
Most people taking Ozempic experience few side effects. However, some side effects are normal and do not pose a serious risk to your health. The most common side effects of Ozempic include:
If you experience any severe side effects, such as anaphylaxis or shortness of breath, please seek immediate medical care.
Talk to your healthcare provider about any side effects that become bothersome or that don’t go away. The Team at Infusion Health can offer recommendations and supportive care for any issues that arise.
Ozempic is FDA-approved. As with all prescription medications, there are warnings and contraindications to keep in mind prior to starting treatment. Your doctor will discuss these with you and can answer any specific questions you might have about the risks of Ozempic as it pertains to your own health and medical history.
The below limitations, contraindications, and warnings are sourced directly from the FDA.
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