What is Ozempic?
Ozempic is a prescription weight-loss medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017. It is a brand name for the generic drug semaglutide, an injectable medication that works by suppressing appetite and helping you feel full for longer. Ozempic is part of a class of medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists, and it is used in conjunction with diet and exercise to help people lose weight and keep it off.(1)
Who Can Take Ozempic?
Ozempic is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, or a BMI of 27 or more with at least one weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. Ozempic is not approved for use in children. (1)
What Are the Benefits of Ozempic?
In clinical trials, people taking Ozempic lost an average of 5 to 10 percent of their body weight within one year of treatment. In some cases, people lost even more weight. Ozempic can also help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, in addition to helping to lower blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes. (1)
What Are the Side Effects of Ozempic?
The most common side effects associated with Ozempic include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, low blood sugar, and headache. Ozempic can also cause serious side effects, such as an increased risk of pancreatitis and an allergic reaction. It is important to talk to your doctor about the potential side effects before starting Ozempic. (1)
How Do I Take Ozempic?
Ozempic is a once-weekly, subcutaneous injection. It should be taken at the same time every week. The injection should be given in the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm. Ozempic should be taken with food. (1)
How Much Does Ozempic Cost?
The cost of Ozempic will vary depending on your insurance coverage. Without insurance, a one-month supply of Ozempic can cost around $400. Check with your insurance provider to find out what your co-pay or co-insurance will be. (2)
How Can I Get Ozempic?
Ozempic is a prescription medication, so it can only be obtained with a prescription from a doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your current health condition and determine if Ozempic is right for you. You can get your prescription filled at a pharmacy or through a mail-order pharmacy. (2)
What Are the Alternatives to Ozempic?
There are other weight-loss medications available, including liraglutide (Saxenda), phentermine, and orlistat (Xenical). These medications work differently than Ozempic and may have different side effects. Talk to your doctor to find out which medication is right for you. (2)
Ozempic is an effective prescription weight-loss medication that can help you lose weight and keep it off. It is important to talk to your doctor before taking Ozempic to make sure it is the right medication for you. Ozempic is available with a prescription and can be filled at a pharmacy or through a mail-order pharmacy. Alternatives to Ozempic include other weight-loss medications, such as liraglutide, phentermine, and orlistat. Speak to your doctor to find out which medication is right for you. (2)