What To Know About Ozempic?

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What is Ozempic and Why Is It Getting So Popular?

Ozempic is a brand name for semaglutide, an FDA-approved drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists.

Lowers Blood Sugar To Control Diabetes

GLP-1 receptor agonists work by mimicking the action of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) in the body. GLP-1 helps regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin secretion, reducing glucagon secretion (which helps lower blood sugar).

Ozempic is typically used in combination with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes. It is usually administered as a once-weekly injection under the skin using a prefilled pen device.

In addition to lowering blood sugar levels, Ozempic has been shown to help reduce the risk of major cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack or stroke, in people with type 2 diabetes who are suffering from cardiovascular diseases. It may also lead to modest weight loss in some people.

Woman checking blood sugar level

Not Approved For Weight Loss

Treating diabetes

When using Ozempic to treat diabetes, weight loss is a common side effect. Hence, some doctors prescribe it to be used for weight loss, even though Ozempic is not approved as a weight loss medication.

It works by mimicking a naturally-occurring hormone in your body to rise, signalling your brain to tell you that you’re full. In addition, it also slows the digestion of food in your body, restricting the overall food intake. This is similar to the effect of bariatric surgery.

Can Ozempic Be Used For The Purpose Of Weight Loss?

In clinical trials, Ozempic has demonstrated the significant weight loss in people with and without diabetes.

The FDA has approved a higher dose of semaglutide, marketed under the brand name Wegovy, specifically for chronic weight management in adults who are obese and have at least one weight-related comorbidity, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol.

The weight loss achieved with semaglutide can be significant, often exceeding that seen with other weight loss medications. However, as with any medication, individual results may vary, and it’s essential to use semaglutide under close guidance from your doctor.

It’s important to note that while semaglutide can be a helpful tool to jumpstart your weight loss journey, it should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise for optimal outcome.

Weight management and weight loss

What Are Some Side Effects Of Using Ozempic?

Just like any medication, semaglutide may have side effects and may not be suitable for everyone.

Some common side effects may include:

NAUSEA  This is one of the most commonly reported side effects, especially when starting treatment. It may improve over time as your body adjusts to the medication.

DIARRHEA  Some people may experience diarrhea, particularly during the initial weeks of treatment.

VOMITING  This can occur in some people, often in conjunction with nausea.

DECREASED APPETITE  Ozempic may reduce appetite in some individuals, which can contribute to weight loss, but may also lead to inadequate calorie intake if not managed properly.

HYPOGLCEMIA  Although less common than with some other diabetes medications, hypoglycemia can occur, especially if Ozempic is used in combination with other medications that lower blood sugar.

HORMONAL CHANGES  Fluctuations of hormones, especially during pregnancy or menstruation can contribute to production of melanin, causing the darkening of armpits.

OBESITY  People who are obese tend to have more skin folds around the armpits, elbow, back of neck knees etc. These skin folds are often darker than the rest of the skin. Obesity, which is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, are also at an increased risk of AN. Carrying the extra weight makes the body more resistant to the effects of insulin. High levels of insulin in the blood can lead to increased production of melanin.

Possible Alternatives: Saxenda and Rybelsus?

As of writing, Ozempic is currently not available in Singapore due to global shortage of the medication. Saxenda is a brand name for liraglutide. It is also a GLP-1 receptor agonist, similar to semaglutide, the active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy. Just like Ozempic, it mimicks the action of GLP-1 in the body, stimulating insulin secretion, slowing down stomach emptying, which can help control appetite and promote weight loss. The only downside of Saxenda is that it is administered as a once-daily injection under the skin.

On the other hand, Rybelsus is a semaglutide that is specially formulated as an oral tablet. What makes Rybelsus unique is that it is the first and only GLP-1 receptor agonist available in a pill form.

Rybelsus is taken once daily, with or without food.

Both Saxenda and Rybelsus are available in Singapore. However, they must be prescribed by a medical doctor.

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