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Brand Name: Wegovy or Ozempic

Semaglutide is an extremely powerful weight loss medication that is usually given by injection once a week. At PrecisionMD, we will help you determine if semaglutide is the right medication for your weight loss goals. 


What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide, branded as Wegovy or Ozempic, is a type of medication called a GLP-1 agonist. It was originally used for managing Type 2 diabetes, but it is now FDA approved for the treatment of obesity. In fact, semaglutide is currently the most effective FDA-approved weight loss medication on the market. Wegovy and Ozempic are the exact same medication, however Wegovy is branded and FDA-approved for weight loss, while Ozempic is branded and FDA approved for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. 


Semaglutide and Weight Loss: The Connection

Semaglutide is a medication that mimics a hormone in the body called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). This hormone plays several roles in metabolism.  First, it stimulates insulin production. GLP-1 increases insulin release from the pancreas, which helps lower blood glucose levels after meals. Second, it slows stomach emptying. This slows the rate at which food moves through the digestive system, helping to create a feeling of fullness (satiety) and reduce food intake. Third, It takes direct action on the brain. GLP-1 receptors are also found in the brain, specifically in areas associated with appetite and food intake. Activation of these receptors can decrease hunger and increase feelings of fullness and satisfaction after eating. So, semaglutide aids in weight loss by mimicking this hormone, which helps reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness. This results in lower calorie intake and, ultimately, weight loss.


Evidence-Based Results: The Power of Semaglutide

Clinical trials offer compelling proof of semaglutide's potential in weight loss. Studies have shown that individuals who took semaglutide lost significantly more weight than those who took a placebo. The average weight loss of participants was 15% of their initial body weight, but over a third of the participants in the trials lost more than 20% of their body weight. This substantial loss is not just a number—it's a life-transforming event that can enhance overall health and wellbeing. 


Safety First: Understanding Semaglutide Side Effects

As with all medications, semaglutide may have potential side effects. These are typically mild and decrease over time. Common side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and decreased appetite. Before starting semaglutide, it's important to discuss with a healthcare provider to understand if it's the right option for you, given your personal health history and current medications.


Incorporating Semaglutide into Your Weight Loss Journey at PrecisionMD

At PrecisionMD Wellness and Weight Loss, we will work with you to determine if semaglutide (Wegovy) is a good option for you and your weight loss goals. If you are found to be a good candidate for semaglutide (Wegovy), we will work with you to get insurance approval if your insurance policy covers anti-obesity medications. If you insurance company does not cover anti-obesity medications, we have other options that may allow you to purchase semaglutide at a reasonable cost. 


Semaglutide FAQs: Everything You Need to Know

Understandably, you may have questions about this promising weight loss treatment. In our Semaglutide FAQs section below, we provide comprehensive answers to all your questions. 


Frequently asked questions about semaglutide for weight loss


What is semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a medication primarily used for managing Type 2 diabetes. It's also a key ingredient in weight loss medications such as Wegovy and Ozempic. Semaglutide mimics an intestinal hormone that targets areas of the brain to regulate appetite and food intake.


How does semaglutide aid in weight loss?

Semaglutide, the active ingredient in Wegovy and Ozempic, works by acting on the brain's appetite regulation center. It helps individuals feel less hungry and more satisfied after meals, leading to a significant reduction in caloric intake and, consequently, weight loss.


What is the difference between Wegovy and Ozempic?

While both Wegovy and Ozempic contain the active ingredient semaglutide, they are approved for different uses. Wegovy is primarily used for chronic weight management in adults, while Ozempic is used to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.


How effective is semaglutide for weight loss?

Clinical trials have shown that individuals who took semaglutide lost significantly more weight than those who took a placebo. Many participants experienced an average weight reduction of 15% of their initial body weight.


What are the potential side effects of semaglutide?

Like all medications, semaglutide may have potential side effects. These can include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and decreased appetite. Most side effects are mild and diminish over time.


Can I stop taking semaglutide once I reach my desired weight?

It's essential to discuss any changes to your medication regimen with your healthcare provider. Stopping semaglutide could lead to weight regain, but in our experience it is very possible to maintain your weight loss if you continue to work closely with your obesity medicine provider during the maintenance phase of your weight loss journey. 


How much Does Semaglutide Cost?

If you have insurance coverage for anti-obesity medications, we will work with your insurance company to obtain coverage for Wegovy or Zepbound. The cost will depend on your insurance policy. 

If you do not have insurance coverage or prefer not to use your insurance, we carry compounded semaglutide in our clinic. The cost is based on your monthly dosage and we will keep you on the lowest dosage that works for you. Prices are as follows: 

0.25 mg - $150 per month

0.5 mg - $175 per month

1 mg - $200 per month

1.7 mg - $250 per month

2.4 mg - $300 per month

If you do not live close to us, we can have semaglutide shipped to your home direct from the pharmacy, but the price is slightly higher. *Must live in Alabama.

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