Ozempic is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of obesity. It works by reducing appetite and increasing feelings of fullness.
At the heart of Ozempic’s effectiveness lies its active ingredient, semaglutide. This remarkable compound belongs to the class of medications called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. These drugs mimic the actions of the naturally-occurring GLP-1 hormone. This gastrointestinal hormone plays a crucial role in regulating blood sugar levels and has a profound influence on weight management.
These hormone-related effects can help you improve blood sugar control and lose weight.
As with most medications, weight-loss medications like Ozempic may come with side effects. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and stomach upsets. Many of the effects are mild and temporary.
You can reduce the risk of many common side effects by working closely with your prescribing provider to ensure you take the correct dose of medication, are eating a well-balanced diet, and drinking enough water.
It is essential to follow a nutrition and healthy habits program like the Mayo Clinic Diet. Adhering to a healthy lifestyle program can help you manage or prevent the potential side effects.
Note: Do not use Ozempic if you or any of your family have ever had medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) or if you have multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 2 (MEN 2).