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What is Semaglutide and How Does it Help With Weight Loss?

Semaglutide is a medication classified as a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. It has been approved by the FDA for type 2 diabetes management under the brand name Ozempic/Rybelsus. It has recently been approved for weight loss under the brand name Wegovy as research showed significant benefits in weight loss with an average of 15-20% loss of total body weight.

How does Semaglutide affect weight?

Semaglutide helps with weight loss by decreasing appetite through decreased gastric emptying which helps to feel satiated or full for longer periods of time. This helps decrease cravings which in turn helps decrease caloric intake.

What side effects are experienced with Semaglutide?

Semaglutide can have some side effects. These most common side effects are fortunately generally mild and do not need medical attention. These can include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Indigestion or gas

Are there any contraindications with Semaglutide?

Yes, it will include personal or family history of thyroid cancer and multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) type 2.

What’s the cost of Semaglutide?

Without insurance, it can cost around $1,300. Some insurances may cover it, however, copay costs may also be high. It is becoming available through compounding pharmacies which, although not covered by insurance, may be more affordable if not covered by insurance.

We offer Semaglutide as part of our weight loss program. Please call or text for more information and let us evaluate you to determine if you are eligible for Semaglutide use.

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