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OverviewOther known brand namesAbout WegovyKey facts of WegovyWho is Wegovy suitable for?Who is Wegovy not suitable for?How and where to get Wegovy?Dosage and strength for Wegovy for weight lossInformation about how to use Wegovy for weight lossWhat happens if you use too much Wegovy?What are the side effects of Wegovy?Information about using Wegovy at the same time as other medications or herbal supplementsWhy might Wegovy not work for weight loss?Can Wegovy used for weight loss be used long term?Is there a herbal Wegovy?Can women use Wegovy?Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking Wegovy?What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with weight loss?Alternatives to WegovySourcesPeople also asked
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About Wegovy

Wegovy is manufactured by Novo Nordisk and contains semaglutide as the active ingredient. It is used with a reduced calorie diet and an increase in physical activity for chronic weight management in:

  • Adults with a body mass index (BMI) of greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2, or 27 kg/m2 with at least one body weight-related condition, such as hypertension (high blood pressure), or type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Patients aged 12 years and over with a BMI at the 95th percentile or more for that age and sex

Wegovy is a GLP-1 receptor agonist (glucagon-like peptide-1). It works by reducing appetite and calorie intake. This leads to weight loss and helps with weight management.

Now Patient offers Wegovy as a treatment for weight loss only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of Wegovy

  • For the treatment of chronic weight management
  • Wegovy has some common side effects which include stomach pain, nausea and vomiting
  • It can be dangerous if you use Wegovy with certain medications. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician

Who is Wegovy suitable for?

Wegovy is suitable for adults with a body mass index (BMI) of greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2, or 27 kg/m2 with at least one body weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes mellitus, and patients aged 12 years and over with a BMI at the 95th percentile or more for that age and sex

Who is Wegovy not suitable for?

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

  • Have had an allergic reaction to semaglutide in the past
  • Have multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2
  • Have a family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma
  • Have a stomach or intestinal disorder
  • Have pancreatitis
  • Have kidney disease
  • Have diabetic retinopathy
  • Have depression or suicidal thoughts

How and where to get Wegovy?

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

Now Patient does not allow customers to buy Wegovy 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 Wegovy 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 Now Patient.

Dosage and strength for Wegovy for weight loss

Wegovy is available in injection form and when used for weight loss, it is available in strengths ranging from 0.25 mg to 2.4 mg pens

Information about how to use Wegovy for weight loss

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

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

What happens if you use too much Wegovy?

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 Wegovy and you experience any of the following side effects:

What are the side effects of Wegovy?

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

Most 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 Wegovy 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 Wegovy. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements.

Why might Wegovy not work for weight loss?

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

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

Can Wegovy used for weight loss be used long term?

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

Is there a herbal Wegovy?

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

Can women use Wegovy?

Women can use Wegovy for weight loss. However, you should stop using Wegovy 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 Wegovy passes into breast milk.

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

You can eat and drink normally when using Wegovy.

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 Wegovy

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

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