So What’s the Deal with Semaglutide – You’ve undoubtedly seen and heard all the BUZZZZZZ around Wegovy®, Ozempic®, or maybe Rybelus® and are asking, “What’s the big deal.”
Wegovy® What’s the Buzz
For starters, Wegovy® is the first new drug approved by the FDA in almost ten years! This under-the-skin injection is the first approved drug for chronic weight management in adults with general obesity or overweight since 2014.
Part of the popularity has come from celebrities, like billionaire Elon Musk, when he tweeted about Wegovy® in response to “Hey, @elonmusk, what’s your secret? You look awesome, fit, ripped, and healthy. Lifting weights? Eating healthy?” to which Elon replied, “Fasting” and Wegovy®.”
Billionaire/philanthropist/Fanatics Inc., Michael Rubin, Chelsey Handler, and others have also hailed these injections as successful in their weight loss journeys. It’s not surprising to find the demand for Wegovy® and Ozempic® has SOARED!
The drugs most associated with obesity and diabetes care are becoming a significant factor in the weight loss world. It has also led to some controversy over a nationwide shortage. Wegovy®, Ozempic®, Ribelus®, and now, Mounjaro®.
So, you’re thinking…wait a minute, is this all the same drug?
Essentially yes, but not really. Although they all contain the main ingredient, Semaglutide, a GLP1 inhibitor, the dosing is different for each drug.
Ozempic® is for those with Type 2 Diabetes and is given in 1ml injections per week. Wegovy® is dosed in increments until it reaches an average dose of 2.4 ml per week for weight loss. Ribelus® is the oral form, and studies have shown it is not as effective, so we don’t offer that to our clients.
Call the office for pricing or email firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and an appointment. We expect this medication will sell out quickly, so don’t delay!
Not everyone is a candidate for these weight loss injections. Those who should not take Wegovy® are:
- Those with diabetic retinopathy a type of damage to the eye from diabetes.
- Low blood sugar.
- A disease of the gallbladder.
- Acute inflammation of the pancreas.
- Decreased kidney function.
- Medullary thyroid cancer.
- Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2.
- A family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma.
It isn’t without side effects. Initially, you may feel nauseous and experience stomach discomfort, pain, or diarrhea. Most of the symptoms dissipate entirely after a couple of weeks, and we do give you a prescription to help with some of those issues.
Our Semaglutide Program
Our Semaglutide program is a THREE-month program that is about 1/3 – 1/2 the cost of the name-brand, which only includes the meds and not a whole program. Our Tirzepatide Max is a FOUR-month program. Our patients have been thrilled, and I think Dr. Scott will give it a thumbs up, as he has already lost 20 pounds in 5 weeks.
Because supply is low, I recommend making an appointment, which can be by Telemed or in the office. It may take 7-10 days to arrive after your appointment, so spend that time clearing your house of junk and processed food, getting your food scale handy for portion controls, and buying high protein, low carb for most of your meals.
I can say from my PERSONAL experience I lost about 6 pounds in 8 days, and I didn’t lack energy; my clothes fit better, and I felt better too. All my cravings went POOF, which was a GREAT benefit.
We have a few sets of couples or friends doing the plan together, and I think that’s cool! It’s always more fun dieting together, so you can challenge each other, be accountable, and maybe do some meal preps together!
Give us a call today to get on the schedule. This medication may not be able to be bought through compounders very soon, and your only choice will be to go through a major pharmaceutical company, and THEN you’ll REALLY pay the big bucks!