Buy Ozempic for weight loss and works by reducing your appetite. It comes as pre-filled injection pens that you administer yourself just once a week. It is available for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and over and must be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise regime.
Ozempic is additionally used to treat type 2 diabetes, as it helps control blood sugar levels.
Please note: Semaglutide for weight loss is currently prescribed off-label.
What is the difference between tablets and injections?
Semaglutide is also available as a tablet under the brand name Rybelsus. The advantages of taking Semaglutide tablets are:
- it’s easy to take: just 1 tablet once per day
- no injection required – it’s a great alternative for those who don’t want to inject themselves
- easy to store – tablets do not need to be kept in cool conditions like the injections do
- the availability of tablets is better – your treatment plan won’t be disrupted due to lack of stock availability
- works in exactly the same way as the injection pens.
Select ‘tablets’ in the drop-down menu above or head to our Rybelsus page for more information.
How does Ozempic (Semaglutide) work?
Ozempic works to reduce your appetite by slowing down digestion, making you feel fuller for longer. In the long term, this helps to reduce body weight and fatty food cravings when used with a healthy diet and exercise regime.
Ozempic does so by targeting a specific hormone called GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1). GLP-1 is a natural hormone that exists in the body and manages blood glucose and therefore your appetite.
Semaglutide is a GLP-1 analogue (alongside Saxenda) which means it increases GLP-1 levels. By increasing the levels of GLP-1, it helps with blood sugar management in two key ways:
- promotes insulin production from the pancreas when your blood sugar levels are too high
- reduces excess sugar (glucose) from the liver when it is not needed
This is why it is primarily used for type 2 diabetes management. However, this mechanism also causes your stomach to empty and digest food more slowly after eating, which makes you feel fuller for longer.
What are the benefits of taking it?
The main benefit of Semaglutide is that its effects have been clinically proven. A 2021 clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine which investigated the effectiveness of Semaglutide in treating obesity.
They monitored the progress of 1961 adults with a BMI of over 30 (or over 27 with the weight-related condition) for 68 weeks. Half took a placebo, an inactive drug that is believed to be the weight-loss drug, and the other half took Semaglutide.
They found that those who took the Semaglutide had a 14.9% loss in body weight when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, compared to those who took the placebo and lost 2.4% of their body weight. This is a significant difference and success.
Whilst currently an off-label treatment, in February 2022 NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) in the UK recommended it for obesity treatment. This means Semaglutide (under the brand name Wegovy) will soon be licensed and won’t need to be prescribed off-label.
What dosage should I take?
Semaglutide (Ozempic) is available in 3 different dosages: 0.25, 0.5 and 1mg. The 0.25 and 0.5mg doses are contained in the red-label pens whilst the 1mg dose is contained in the blue-label pen.
For weight loss, you will be initially prescribed the 0.25mg dose. Once you are stable on that dose for 4 weeks, it can then be increased to the 0.5mg dose. You can then be prescribed the 1mg dose after 4 weeks of being stable on the 0.5mg dose. Not everyone needs the 1mg dose, some may only require a 0.5mg maintenance dose.