I need a little bit of help losing weight and my doctor recommended Semaglutide, How does that work?

We undestrand that new medications came with a lot of questions, we are here to solve those and help you out.

Semaglutide acts like a human glucagon-like peptide (GLP1) by increasing insulin secretion, It helps control your blood sugar levels, initiates weight loss, and should also be combined with a diet and increased physical activity. It is indicated for chronic weight management in adult patients with a BMI of 30 or greater or a BMI of 27 or greater with the presence of at least one weight-related medical condition.

  • How to take your medication?

This medication is to be injected once per week on the same day each week, at any time of day, with or without meals. Inject subcutaneously at the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm. Initiate 0.25mg/12.5iu once weekly for 4 weeks. In 4-week intervals, increase the dose to 2.4mg/96iu once per week. Follow the instructions on your prescription vial to reflect the titration you are on.

Storage and handling
  • Refrigerate upon arrival and before use. Store in refrigerator (36°F-46°F).
  • Dosages & strengths: 2mg/mL or 5mg/mL. 

Patients taking other oral medications must be aware that because Semaglutide delays gastric emptying, it may impact the absorption concomitantly.

Common Adverse Reactions

Patients may experience nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, headaches, and fatigue.

Patients that have ever had thyroid cancer called Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma (MTC) or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 2 (MEN2), your doctor will probably tell you not to use Semaglutide injection.

Patients experiencing severe allergic reactions like anaphylaxis or angioedema must stop taking the medication immediately.

Call your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of the following 

- Heart rate increase

- Acute pancreatitis

- Acute Gallbladder disease

- Hypoglycemia

- Hypersensitivity

- Suicidal Behavior

- Diabetic retinopathy (type of damage to the eye from diabetes)

- Decreased kidney function

- kidney disease with likely reduction in kidney function

Always look at the Semaglutide solution before you inject it. It should be clear, colorless, and free of particles. Do not use it if it is colored, cloudy, thickened, contains solid particles, or if the expiration date on the bottle has passed.