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Can Semaglutide be used for weight loss?
Semaglutide is a drug that’s most commonly available in injection form for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Its main function is to help to reduce blood glucose in those that need help with managing it where diet and exercise have failed.
Semaglutide is the drug that’s contained in Ozempic injections. Whilst it’s a relatively new treatment, it was actually first developed in 2012, and it was five years before it was first approved for use as a treatment for type 2 diabetes.
During clinical trials, it was discovered that semaglutide can also help with weight loss in adults with a BMI of over 30. Semaglutide is also available in oral form.
Although semaglutide hasn’t yet been approved for weight loss purposes, it was approved as a treatment for type 2 diabetes in the UK early in 2019, so it’s already deemed safe enough for that purpose.
How does Semaglutide work?
Semaglutide differs to other popular weight loss treatments such as orlistat due to the way it works in the body. Where orlistat helps to remove excess dietary fat, semaglutide helps to mimic a hormone that’s produced in the gut after a meal, meaning that it can reduce your appetite by making you feel fuller for longer.
Off-label is a term used when a medicine is prescribed for any reason other than what’s stated on its product license. A product license dictates what the medicine can be used for, at what dosages, and who it should be prescribed to, so prescribing outside of these guidelines included with the license of any medicine means that it is being used “off-label”.
Due to the fact that semaglutide is a relatively new drug, and used off-label in many cases, some people question the safety of it and whether or not there is any risks in taking it. Although semaglutide hasn’t yet been approved for weight loss purposes, it was approved as a treatment for type 2 diabetes in the UK early in 2019, so it’s already deemed safe enough for that purpose.
The amount of time that someone needs to take Semaglutide for is dependent on several factors. For example, if someone starts taking it and doesn’t see any improvement after 12 weeks, it’s likely that the prescriber would want to discontinue treatment as it should have started to show some results in this amount of time.
Semaglutide vs Saxenda (Liraglutide)
Semaglutide and liraglutide are both drugs that belong to the same family of GLP-1 receptor agonists. Both are available in injection form, and have been proved to be effective for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults. However, there are some differences between the two medicines that are fairly important to know about.