What Is Wegovy Weight Loss?
Wegovy™ (semaglutide) is an appetite reducer delivered as an injectable prescription medication administered in a prefilled single-dose pen. The drug works by mimicking a hormone that targets areas of the brain that regulate appetite and food intake. This can help reduce your appetite, so you consume less food/calories, leading to weight loss. It is recommended to be used in conjunction with exercise and a low-calorie diet.
The active drug in Wegovy is semaglutide, a glucagon-like peptide 1receptor agonist—a class of medications used to treat obesity as well as type 2 diabetes. The Wegovy (semaglutide) weight-loss method is designed for people who have a BMI (body mass index) ≥30 or a BMI ≥27 and also struggle with weight-related problems such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
What makes Wegovy unique?
Wegovy is the first and only prescription weight-loss medication to be taken only once a week. Available in 5 doses, ranging from 0.25 mg to 2.4 mg, it may be taken with or without food.
How effective is Wegovy?
A 68-week medical study focused on 1,961 adults living with obesity or excess weight with a related medical problem. The study showed that the average weight loss adults experienced while taking Wegovy was 15% of their body weight, or 35 pounds, compared to those who took a placebo, who lost roughly 2.5% of their body weight. The average starting weight for both groups was 232 pounds.
In the same study, those who took Wegovy and added a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased their physical activity lost more weight than those in the placebo group.
The injector pens should be refrigerated, though they may be stored at room temperature, if necessary, for up to 28 days. They should not be kept in the freezer.
The recommended starting dose is 0.25 mg, which will begin working the first time you use the injector pen, though full results might not begin for several weeks or months. Follow your doctor’s specific directions for dosage.
Wegovy (semaglutide) is not a controlled substance.
Wegovy Side Effects
Although Wegovy is not approved to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or blood sugar levels, people taking Wegovy have noticed improvements in these areas.
Common side effects of semaglutide use may include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, headache, tiredness, upset stomach, dizziness, feeling bloated, belching, gas, stomach flu, and heartburn.
Serious side effects include possible thyroid tumors (including cancer), pancreatitis, gallbladder or kidney problems, hypoglycemia or change in vision in patients with type 2 diabetes, increased heart rate, serious allergic reactions, depression, or thoughts of suicide.
At present, Wegovy is not available as a generic, but your health insurance may cover part of the cost. Your out-of-pocket obligation will depend on a number of factors, such as the details of your insurance plan, which pharmacy you use, the number of injection pens you purchase, and your location. Manufacturer and pharmacy coupons could help reduce the cost.
A savings card is available for download from the company.
Learn more about Wegovy
Regulating your appetite with Wegovy (semaglutide) while eating a healthy, low-calorie diet and maintaining a regular exercise regimen can finally help you lose those stubborn pounds and keep them off. Schedule a consultation with us today at Revivology to discuss whether this unique and effective weight-loss management system is right for you! Call (801) 987-8653 today!