Semaglutide FAQ: Answers to Your Common Questions

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Even if you haven’t heard of semaglutide, the chances are pretty good that you have heard or read about Ozempic® or Wegovy® in the past few months. Semaglutide is an FDA-approved medication for weight loss and the active ingredient used in those two prescription drugs.

At Rejuvime Medical, we prescribe compounded semaglutide at a fraction of the cost of brand-name formulations for patients struggling to lose weight on their own. If you’ve been considering whether semaglutide is right for you, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions about the medication.

What Is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide belongs to a class of drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists. It is an insulin management medication prescribed to treat people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. One of the side effects diabetic patients notice while taking semaglutide is significant weight loss. It has been shown to be effective in reducing body weight and improving overall health outcomes for individuals who are overweight or have obesity.

Is Semaglutide Safe?

The FDA approved semaglutide in 2021 for chronic weight management. When used as directed by a qualified healthcare professional, semaglutide is a safe and effective treatment. It’s important to discuss any concerns or issues you may have after starting semaglutide treatments.

How Does Semaglutide Help You Lose Weight?

Semaglutide mimics a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which regulates your appetite. By binding to the GLP-1 receptor, semaglutide increases feelings of fullness and slows the rate at which food empties from the stomach. This leads to consuming fewer calories and losing weight.

How Much Does Semaglutide Cost?

The cost of semaglutide sold under a brand name such as Ozempic can be prohibitive for many patients. In some cases with brand-name semaglutide, you have to pay $1,000 every month or more for the treatment. Rejuvime Medical offers generic semaglutide for $279.99 per month as part of our VIP membership. This program includes medical monitoring, such as blood tests, and medication shipped to your home.

What Happens if You Stop Taking Semaglutide?

Clinical studies, including one conducted in 2021 and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, show that people typically regain much of the weight they lost after stopping semaglutide treatments. An increase in appetite and caloric intake occurs fairly soon after stopping the medication. It is important to continue to make healthy lifestyle changes to maintain weight loss. Your healthcare provider can guide you on safely discontinuing semaglutide and maintaining weight loss.

What Are Potential Side Effects?

The most common side effects experienced by people taking semaglutide involve gastrointestinal issues, such as nausea and diarrhea. These side effects typically go away over time as the body adjusts to the medication. Serious side effects are rare. If you experience any side effects while taking semaglutide, you should contact Rejuvime Medical or your primary care physician.

If you’ve struggled to lose weight even after making changes in your diet and lifestyle, semaglutide may be an option. To learn more about the treatment, you can use our online form to request a consultation at Rejuvime Medical or call us at (225) 960-1580 to schedule an appointment.

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