Wegovy is a weight loss injection containing semaglutide. It can help you lose weight when used alongside a healthy diet and exercise. This medicine is injected once a week.
Wegovy can be prescribed as a weight-loss treatment to people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and above. It can also be prescribed to people with a BMI of 27 and above if they have weight-related health problems such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
The active ingredient is semaglutide. Semaglutide is a GLP-1 receptor agonist. This means that it mimics a hormone in your body that controls your appetite. Wegovy can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite, which can help you to eat less and consume fewer calories.
Clinical trials have shown encouraging results from Wegovy. In one trial, 83.5% of people lost more than 5% of their body weight over 68 weeks. Participants lost on average 14.9% of their body weight in that time.
The trial also found that people experienced improvements in their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Patients in these trials were obese or overweight.
Several different factors can affect how quickly you would lose weight with this medicine, therefore it is not possible to say how long it will take to lose weight on Wegovy.
Wegovy is not currently available in the UK, however, it is expected to become available later in 2022 or 2023. When it is available, you will be able to request to buy it through Dr Felix. It will be a prescription medication, which means you will need to complete an online assessment when you order it.
The active ingredient in Wegovy is semaglutide.
The inactive ingredients are disodium phosphate dihydrate, sodium chloride and water for injection.
When you first start taking it, you will take a low dose of 0.25mg once a week for the first 4 weeks. The dose is increased every 4 weeks until you reach the maximum dose of 2.4mg in week 17. You will then continue using Wegovy at the 2.4mg dose until sufficient weight loss has been achieved.
This medicine can be taken with or without food.
It is injected under the skin in the upper arms, upper legs or stomach. You can inject it in the same body area each week, but it should not be in the same spot as last time.
Wegovy should be used in conjunction with reduced calorie intake and increased exercise for weight management. There is no specific Wegovy diet that you should follow, but you must try to make changes to reduce your calorie consumption.
Like all medications, Wegovy carries a risk of side effects. Most side effects of Wegovy occur in the initial period when you first start taking it and increasing the dose. Side effects will often subside as your body gets used to the drug.
Most commonly Wegovy will cause digestive side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, wind, indigestion and acid reflux. Some people also experience headaches, fatigue and dizziness. People with type 2 diabetes may also experience low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia).
It is possible to experience an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms may include a rash, breathing difficulties and swelling. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention.
If you experience severe side effects, you should stop using Wegovy and contact your doctor.
This medicine must not be used by anyone with an allergy to semaglutide or any of the other ingredients contained in the medication. It is also unsuitable for people with a family history of thyroid cancer or MEN 2 (multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2).
This medicine can affect the absorption of some different medications, so it is important to ensure your doctor knows about any other medications you are taking when you start this weight loss treatment.
Both of these are similar weight loss medications. Both are injectable medications that help you lose weight when combined with a low-calorie diet and exercise. They work similarly, but they do contain different active ingredients. Wegovy contains semaglutide, whereas Saxenda contains liraglutide.
There are few comparative studies available between both products. However, one study has demonstrated that Wegovy offers greater long-term weight loss than Saxenda. Many patients may prefer Wegovy to Saxenda because it is injected once a week, rather than once a day.
Unopened pens should be stored in the fridge. If required, a pen can be stored at cool room temperature for up to 21 days.
The pens should be stored in the fridge between 2°C to 8°C. If required, an unopened Wegovy pen in the carton can be stored at cool room temperatures (up to 25°C) for up to 21 days. It is recommended that you keep Wegovy inside the original carton to protect it from damage caused by exposure to light.
Do not use your pen if it has been frozen, exposed to temperatures above 25°C, stored outside of the fridge for more than 21 days or if it has been exposed to light. The liquid inside the pen should be clear and colourless, do not use Wegovy if the liquid is cloudy or discoloured.
Wegovy and Saxenda are both weight loss injections, however, they contain different active ingredients. Wegovy contains semaglutide and Saxenda contains liraglutide. Both medications aid weight loss.
It is not currently available in the UK, so Wegovy prices have not yet been finalised.
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