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What is Wegovy?
Wegovy is an injectable prescription medication, which can be used to help adults with obesity to lose weight. It should be used alongside a healthy diet and exercise.
Wegovy contains the drug semaglutide, which is a Glucagon-like Peptide (GLP-1) receptor. This means that it increases incretin hormones, so that your body produces more insulin when needed and reduces the amount of glucose produced by the liver when it’s not needed, so it can control the blood sugar levels. In turn, this reduces the rate that the stomach digests and empties food, reducing appetite.
Wegovy is approved for weight loss for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above or people with a BMI of 27 and above, and they have a weight-related health condition, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
How should I use Wegovy?
Your healthcare provider should show you how to use Wegovy. It is injected into the stomach, thigh, or upper arm. It should not be injected into a muscle or vein. You should also rotate your injection site, with each injection. It can be taken with or without food.
Wegovy should be injected once a week, on the same day, at any time. You should start with 0.25mg for the first month, then increase to 0.5mg in the second month, and then in the third month increase the weekly dose to 1 mg.
View the full patient information leaflet here.
What are the side effects of Wegovy?
The most common side effects of Wegovy include nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain, headache, tiredness, dizziness, gas, heartburn, and bloating. These side effects should subside with time.
Wegovy can cause some more serious side effects, such as:
- Gallbladder problems
- Increased risk of low blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure
- Change in vision in people with type 2 diabetes
- Increased heart rate
- Depression or suicidal thoughts
Who can take Wegovy?
Serious side effects include possible thyroid tumours, including cancer. Do not use Wegovy if you or your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma. You should not use Wegovy if you have an allergy to semaglutide or any of the ingredients in Wegovy.
You should inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, as Wegovy may not be suitable for you:
- Problems with your pancreas or liver.
- Type 2 diabetes and a history of diabetic retinopathy.
- If you have, or have had, depression, suicidal thoughts, or mental health issues.
- If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or you are breastfeeding.