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Updated on 16 May 2024
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About Ozempic

Ozempic is manufactured by Novo Nordisk A/S. and contains semaglutide, a GLP-1 receptor agonist (glucagon-like peptide-1), as the active ingredient. It is licensed as a once-weekly injection for the management of blood sugar levels and HbA1c in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Ozempic is also used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems such as stroke, heart attack or death, for adult patients with type 2 diabetes with heart disease. Ozempic may also be prescribed off-label as a weight management treatment.

NowPatient offers Ozempic as a treatment for weight loss only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of Ozempic

  • For the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Blood glucose levels start to decline within 7 days after you start using Ozempic. However, the full effect may take 8 weeks or more
  • Ozempic has some common side effects which include gastrointestinal disturbances
  • It can be dangerous if you take Ozempic with certain medications. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician

Who is Ozempic not suitable for?

Ozempic may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before taking Ozempic if you:

  • Have multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2
  • Have a family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma (a type of thyroid cancer)
  • Have type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Have a stomach disorder
  • Have pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Have kidney disease
  • Have eye problems

How and where to get Ozempic?

Ozempic is available only with a prescription. It is not available over the counter at a pharmacy.

NowPatient does not allow customers to buy Ozempic directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with a prescribing clinician for the treatment of weight loss, you can discuss if Ozempic is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by NowPatient.

Dosage and strength for Ozempic for weight loss

Ozempic Pens are available in injection form when used for weight loss, it is available in strengths of 0.25mg/0.19ml, 0.5mg/0.37ml, and 1mg/0.74ml.

Information about how to take Ozempic for weight loss

Ozempic is taken as a subcutaneous injection under the skin once weekly, in your stomach, thigh, or upper arm. You should rotate your injection site with each injection. Wegovy can be taken with or without food.

If you forget to take a dose, administer your dose as soon as possible. If more than 5 days have passed, skip the missed dose and take the next dose on your normal scheduled day.

Speak to your healthcare provider for futher advice and read the patient information leaflet provided to you with your medication.

How to use Ozempic Injection Pen

What happens if you use too much Ozempic?

If you use more than prescribed, then it can lead to some unpleasant side effects. You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have used too much Ozempic and you experience any of the following side effects.

What are the side effects of Ozempic?

In clinical trials side effects of Ozempic compared to placebo are split into common and serious.

Common side effects include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite
  • Gastrointestinal – diarrhoea, constipation, gas, bloating
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness

Serious side effects include:

  • Changes in vision
  • Changes in mood, suicidal thoughts
  • Lightheadedness
  • Signs of a thyroid tumor such as lump in your neck, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) such as severe stomach pain spreading to your back, nausea, vomiting, fast heart rate
  • Gallbladder problems – fever, yellowing of the skin or eyes, clay coloured stools
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) – feeling weak, irritability, dizziness
  • Kidney problems

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here How and where do I report side effects of my medication? – NowPatient

Information about using Ozempic at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and Ozempic. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements. Tell your doctor if you are using insulin or other diabetes medicines, such as:

  • Dulaglutide, exenatide, or liraglutide
  • Other diabetes medications such as glipizide, glimepiride, or gliclazide

Why might Ozempic not work for weight loss?

Ozempic may not work for you and common reasons may be:

  • Deviation from the recommended dose of Ozempic
  • Lack of physical activity
  • No reduction in calorie intake

Can Ozempic used for weight loss be used long term?

Semaglutide should only be used short to medium-term. The long-term viability of using semaglutide is not certain.

Is there a herbal Ozempic?

No. Herbal Ozempic does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Can women use Ozempic?

Women can use Ozempic for weight loss. However, you should stop using Ozempic at least two months before you plan to get pregnant. Also, speak to a healthcare professional if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if Ozempic passes into breast milk.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking Ozempic?

You can eat and drink normally when using Ozempic.

What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with weight loss?

Modify your lifestyle and diet in a number of ways:

  • Avoid overeating
  • Cut back on refined carbs
  • Eat more fibre and protein
  • Drink water
  • Exercise
  • Cut down on alcohol

Alternatives to Ozempic

Alternative weight loss treatments include Saxenda (liraglutide) and Xenical (orlistat).

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