Those with a history of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, kidney or liver disease, those who consume alcohol daily, those with a history of eating disorders, and those with mood disorders.
The most common side effects with use of this medication include nausea, constipation, some fatigue and lack of appetite. Side effects are generally mild and are easily managed by following provider recommendations and additional provider assisted support. Many side effects subside after the first 4-6 weeks.
This medication is taken once a week. The dose is titrated weekly with your provider to maintain a 1–3-pound weight loss a week while minimizing the potential for side effects.
It works in three ways:
1) It slows gastric emptying so when you eat you fill up faster and stay full longer.
2) It shuts off the hunger hormone, Ghrelin, that drives our cravings for high-calorie foods.
3) It works like glucagon (a hormone) in the body and breaks down your stored fat as energy.
Semaglutide is a simple once-a-week weight loss shot used to effectively treat and manage obesity in those with a BMI over 27. It has been used successfully for several years under a brand name and is now available in its generic form at a significant discount.