You’ve probably seen headlines about one of the latest weight-loss medications: semaglutide—injections sold under brand names Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus. You can read all about what it is, how it works, and even how effective it can be on our semaglutide page here.
But is it safe? Should you take it? What are the side effects? How long do you take it?
These questions are all answered in our interview on Episode 21 of Healthcare is Selfcare: The Podcast with Singing River Weight Loss Center Nurse Practitioners Maggie Duke and Anna Kahlmus, but since these are some of the most frequently asked questions, we’ll give them to you here as well.
Is semaglutide a safe weight loss solution?
Overwhelmingly, yes. Semaglutide has proven to be a safe medical weight loss drug.
Is semaglutide for everyone?
No. But semaglutide is an ideal solution for many people who have had trouble losing weight in the past. We also consider only candidates with a BMI higher than 29.9 OR 26.9 with a comorbid condition such as high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, diabetes, high cholesterol, acid reflux, sleep apnea, degenerative joint disease, and more.
What are semaglutide side effects?
Most side effects reported from semaglutide are digestive. Stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, etc. can occur because the medication slows the digestive process.
How long do you take semaglutide?
In short, it depends on the patient and their needs. Some will only need to take for a few months and then they will be at an optimal weight and can discontinue use. Others may stay on the regimen for a year or even more—due to the way semaglutide works, it does not have a set timeframe that it can be used or needs to be stopped within.
Ready to get started on your weight loss journey with semaglutide? Call 228-872-7277 to schedule your initial consultation.
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Diabetes medication for weight loss? You may have heard of the latest in-demand weight loss trend: Semaglutide, sold under brand names Wegovy, Ozempic, and Rybelsus. What is it? Does it work? How do you get it? Join us as we discuss this emerging weight loss medication with Maggie Duke and Anna Kahlmus of Singing River Weight Loss Center.