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Semaglutide For Weight Loss

Semaglutide Weekly Injections for Weight Loss

Semaglutide is the generic formulation of Ozempic, originally used for Type 2 Diabetics, but now widely used for weight loss. Ozempic has been classified as a drug shortage medication by the FDA and because of this, the compounded generic version is now availble.

person monitoring weight loss on bathroom scale

What It Is:

Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. GLP-1 is a hormone naturally produced in the intestines after eating, and it plays a crucial role in regulating blood sugar levels.

How Semaglutide Works for Weight Loss:

Several factors are believed to contribute to Semaglutide’s effectiveness for weight loss. 1. Reduced appetite: Semaglutide appears to act on the brain’s appetite center, leading to decreased feelings of hunger and increased feelings of fullness or satiety. This can result in reduced food intake and ultimately lead to weight loss. 2. Slower stomach emptying: Semaglutide can slow down the emptying of the stomach, which may contribute to increased feelings of fullness and reduced food intake. 3. Decreased calorie absorption: The drug may also reduce the absorption of calories from food in the intestines, leading to fewer calories being absorbed by the body.

How It’s Used:

Semaglutide is given as an injection just under the skin, once a week. Initially, these injections are supervised by a physician, but once you are comfortable doing your own injection, you will do them at home. Patients are started at 0.25mg per week, and the dosage is increased by 0.25mg every other week until you are losing 1-2 lbs. per week. 

Common Side Effects:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Stomach (abdomen) pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating, burping, or gas
  • Injection site pain
  • Indigestion

Contraindications:

You should not use Semaglutide if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Patients who are pregnant or planning to try to become pregnant in the next 2 months.
  • Patients who are breastfeeding.
  • Anyone with a personal or family history of thyroid cancer
  • Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2)
  • Patients with a history of severe allergic reaction to Semaglutide or its ingredients
  • Patients who have had inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), or  gallbladder problems (including gallstones),
  • Patients who experience low blood sugar.
  • Patients with kidney or liver problems.
  • Patients with diabetic retinopathy (damage to the eye’s retina)
  • BMI < 20

Why Choose Madison Medispa For Your Semaglutide Weight Loss Treatment:

The simple answer is saftey. At Madison Medispa, your weight loss treatment will be directly managed by Dr. Erdman. He will perform your initial consultation, check the appropriate labs, and help you learn how to do the injections. He is on site (not a remote medical director in another city) and always available to help with problems or questions.

“Dr. Erdman and his staff are warm, caring, and focused on personalized care. They ensure privacy and are ready with ways to perform procedures with the least pain possible.”
– H. D.