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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.
Does Ozempic Have Side Effects?
Semaglutide does have the potential to cause side effects in some patients, but not everyone experiences them. This article explains some of the most common side effects that people experience whilst taking semaglutide and what you can do to avoid or treat your symptoms. Remember - if you experience side effects you can always talk to one of our prescribers during your next consultation.
How Do You Stop the Side Effects of Semaglutide?
If you do experience some of the side effects of semaglutide, there are certain things that you can do to help relieve them. We talk about some natural remedies that you can try. If you find that you're struggling due to side effects, please mention this to your myBMI prescriber at your next consultation, as we may be able to provide supporting treatment as part of your plan.
How Do You Take Saxenda?
Liraglutide (Saxenda) is a medicine that's similar to semaglutide, but taken daily instead of once a week. As it's an injectable medicine, it can often be new to users, and sometimes quite daunting to use needles to administer medication. We explain all about how you should take liraglutide to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Can Liraglutide be Used for Weight Loss?
Liraglutide is the active ingredient in Saxenda - which has been used as on obesity treatment in the UK since 2017. We explain what liraglutide is and how it might be able to help with weight loss in some people with obesity.
Semaglutide vs Other Medicines
In this article, we look at semaglutide compared to some other popular weight management treatments. We look at similarities, differences, and how efficient each treatment is when it comes to weight loss.
Ozempic is safe for most people that it's prescribed to. It's a useful medication for both type 2 diabetes and for weight management - but it can be dangerous in some circumstances. Our experts explain all about it in this article.
Wegovy has just been released in the USA for weight management, and it contains the same medicine as Ozempic - semaglutide. We talk about the similarities and differences of the two drugs in this article,
Wegovy is a new weight loss treatment in the USA. It's similar to Ozempic in the fact that it contains semaglutide. It isn't available in the UK yet, but our team talk you through some alternatives that might be suitable for you.
When you first start using Semaglutide, it can be daunting to know what to do. That's why we've created the expert guide to losing weight with Ozempic. Take a read for some tips.
Ozempic is currently only available on the NHS for those with tpye 2 diabetes mellitus. Those that want to take Ozempic for weight management will need to pay privately. We explain more about it in this article.
Ozempic should be kept in the fridge until the pen has been opened. After this, you can choose whether you keep it in the fridge, or at room temperature. We explain in more detail in this article.
It's possible to overdose on any medicine. Luckily, Ozempic delivers each dose individually to avoid overdose. We talk about what happens if you do take too much Ozempic in this article.
We provide you with a dosing calendar for Saxenda so that you can visualise your schedule. Making sure that you're getting the right dosage is so important for your health and safety.
Saxenda contains liraglutide which has a half-life of 13 hours. Because of this, the medicine stays in your sytem for several days. Read the full article to learn more.
Some people do notice the effects of Saxenda within the first few days. However, you might not see any significant weight loss for a few weeks. Our team explain when you can expect to see a difference.
Many people want to know if they can drink alcohol while taking Saxenda. For most people, the answer is a very cautious yes. Find out what you need to know about alcohol and Saxenda right here.