What is Wegovy semaglutide?- Benefits, Basics & Side Effects
When combined with a low-calorie diet and regular exercise, Wegovy (semaglutide), can help you lose weight. Although the medication can be used only once per week, it must be administered under your skin. It can also cause stomach-related side effect.
What is Wegovy (semaglutide?)?
How Wegovy (semaglutide), works
Semaglutide (Wegovy) is a glucagon -like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist. GLP-1, a hormone found in the body, regulates your appetite and food intake. Wegovy (semaglutide), which acts like GLP-1 in your body, lowers your appetite and reduces the amount of food you eat to aid you in losing weight.
What does Wegovy (semaglutide), serve?
Adults with a body mass (BMI) of
- 30 kg/m 2 or more
- 27 kg/m 2 or more and at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure, type 2, diabetes, or high cholesterol
Dosing guidelines for Wegovy (semaglutide).
For 4 weeks (1 month), the typical starting dose is 0.25mg under your skin. The dose will increase by 4 weeks, until it reaches 2.4 mg per week. This is how the standard dosing schedule might look:
- Month 1 0.25m once per week
- Month 2 0.5m once per week
- Month 3 1 mg every other week
- Month 4 1.7m once a week
- Month 5 & Beyond: 2.4mg once per week (maintenance dose)
What pharmacists say regarding Wegovy (semaglutide).
To get the best results, you should take Wegovy (semaglutide), along with a low-calorie diet and regular exercise.
Inject Yougovy (semaglutide), under your skin every week on the same days. You can mark the day of each week on your calendar to remind you when you need to take your dose. As long as you have not taken any other doses, you can change the day that Yougovy (semaglutide), but only if your last dose was at the least 2 days ago.
Keep Semaglutide (Wegovy) in its original container in the refrigerator until it’s time to use. The pens should not be frozen. If the pen has been stored in the fridge for more than 28 days, it should be thrown away.
Before you start Wegovy (semaglutide), make sure to read the instructions about how to properly inject the medication. Make sure that the medication is clean and free from any solid particles. If the pen is not clear and colorless, you should stop using it. This could mean that your medication is unsafe to use or has become contaminated.
Wash your hands after each injection. Before each injection, wash your hands with alcohol swabs or soap and water. This will help prevent infection and diseases.
Inject Wegovy or semaglutide into your outer thigh (at least 2 inches from your belly button). You can also have your caregiver assist you in injecting the medication into the outer arm of your upper arm.
Do not inject Wegovy (semaglutide), into the same skin area every time. Rotating the injection sites every time reduces the risk of skin irritation. This can cause you to feel like there are hard lumps underneath your skin. To prevent skin irritation, avoid injecting skin that is tender, bruised or red, scarred, or with stretch marks.
After each use, throw away the pen in a sharps container. This will prevent accidental needle sticks or injury.
Your dose will be gradually increased every four weeks to reduce stomach side effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If your stomach problems persist or worsen, let your healthcare provider know. Your provider may decrease your medication or discontinue it.
Do not take any other medication containing semaglutide, or other GLP-1 antagonists. Side effects such as stomach problems or low blood sugar can result.