Semaglutide is a modified molecule our bodies make, called GLP-1 analog. It works by increasing insulin production and lowers glucagon secretion as well as targes areas in the brain that regulate appetite and food intake. A small change in the molecule allows the drug to last weeks in our bodies rather than the natural version our bodies make, which lasts minutes. Originally used for diabetes and sold under the name Ozempic. In June 2021, Wegovy band name Semaglutide, was FDA approved for weight loss.
Semaglutide acts in the following ways:
The most common side effects include nausea and constipation. *Patients also report acid reflux, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. The risk of serious side effects increases in patients with hypoglycemia, kidney problems, and risk of allergic reactions.
If you or any family members have been diagnosed with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome Type 2 or Medullary thyroid cancer you should not take Semaglutide. If you have ever had pancreatitis consult with your medical provider as using Semaglutide can increase the risk of developing pancreatitis.
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