What is semaglutide for weight loss?
Semaglutide is an FDA-approved weight loss injection. By mimicking a hormone in the body, Semaglutide increases insulin secretion while slowing down how fast your stomach empties food. This suppresses your appetite, so you feel full longer, helping you eat less and lose weight.
Is Semaglutide Approved for Weight Loss?
Yes, Semaglutide is approved for weight loss. On June 04, 2021, the FDA approved a 2.4 mg weekly injection of Semaglutide for long-term weight management in adults. This is the first medication approved for chronic weight management since 2014, and per studies conducted by the manufacturer, Semaglutide may be a promising medication for many people.
What foods to avoid while taking semaglutide?
Fried foods and fatty foods, such as fast food, and foods high in sugar tend to be the toughest for your body to digest and the most likely to cause nausea while taking a GLP-1 medication.
How long does it take for semaglutide to start working?
Your blood glucose (sugar) levels should start to fully decline within the first week after you start using Ozempic (semaglutide) at your regular maintenance dose. However, the full effect can take 8 weeks or longer, as this is a long-acting medication that is injected only once per week.
Are there any negative side effects?
There are potential negative side effects. The most common are nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain. We recommend patients reduce their portion size and stop eating once they start feeling full when starting the medication. This is because your stomach empties at a slower rate when you are on the medication and overeating greatly increases the incidence of nausea.