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Semaglutide

What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a medication used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and chronic weight management. It works by helping the pancreas release the right amount of insulin when blood sugar levels are high. Insulin keeps your blood glucose levels within a normal range. Insulin moves the glucose out of your bloodstream and into cells throughout your body. The cells use the glucose for energy and the excess stores in your liver, muscles, and fat tissue.

Benefits of Semaglutide

  • Reduces appetite and cravings

  • Improves control of eating

  • Improved glycemic control

  • Reduces risk of heart attack and stroke

  • Smoking cessation

  • Treatment of PCOS

  • Improved fertility

  • Neuroprotective

Semaglutide works best in combination with Metabolic Bio-nutrition coaching to improve outcomes and teach new ways to make long-term changes to your diet to support your weight loss. 

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FAQs

What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide, is sold under the brand names Wegovy®, Ozempic® among others. Semaglutide is a medication used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and chronic weight management. It works by helping the pancreas release the right amount of insulin when blood sugar levels are high. Insulin keeps your blood glucose levels within a normal range. Insulin moves the glucose out of your bloodstream and into cells throughout your body. The cells use the glucose for energy and the excess stores in your liver, muscles, and fat tissue.

Is Semaglutide safe?

Semaglutide injection may increase the risk that you will develop tumors of the thyroid gland, including medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC; a type of thyroid cancer). Laboratory animals who were given semaglutide developed tumors, but it is not known if this medication increases the risk of tumors in humans. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has or has ever had MTC or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2; condition that causes tumors in more than one gland in the body). If so, your doctor will probably tell you not to use semaglutide injection. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: a lump or swelling in the neck; hoarseness; difficulty swallowing; or shortness of breath. 

Can Semaglutide be used in conjunction with other therapies?

Metabolic Bio-nutrition coaching in conjunction with Semaglutide helps to improve results and teach new ways to make long-term changes to your diet to support your weight loss. Prior to starting treatment with Semaglutide, please make sure to give your complete medical history, as well as medication list to the providers at Re-new Institute so that they can determine if you are a candidate for therapy with Semaglutide.

How long before I can expect to see results with Semaglutide?

Your blood sugar levels should start to fully decline within the first week after you start using semaglutide at your regular maintenance dose. However, the full effects can take 8 weeks or longer, as this is a long-acting medication that is injected only once per week.

What are the side effects of Semaglutide?

The most common adverse reactions reported in ≥5% of patients treated with semaglutide are nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, headache, fatigue, dyspepsia, dizziness, abdominal distention, eructation, hypoglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes, flatulence, gastroenteritis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

How is Semaglutide administered?

Semaglutide for weight loss is administered in a weekly subcutaneous injection. You will start with a lower introductory dose and gradually titrate to your regular maintenance dose. 

When is the best time to take Semaglutide?

Semaglutide can be taken at any time of day. The injection should be administered on the same day each week. If needed, the day you give the injection can be changed.

Can I take Semaglutide long-term?

Patients can stay on semaglutide long-term as long as it’s working for you and you and your provider agree its best for you. 

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