When you begin or think about starting a medicine, you are bound to have questions. While your health care provider is always the best source for answers, you may also find some below.
Wegovy™ (semaglutide) injection 2.4 mg is an injectable prescription medicine used for adults with obesity (BMI ≥30) or overweight (excess weight) (BMI ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems to help them lose weight and keep the weight off.
Wegovy™ works by mimicking a hormone that targets areas of the brain involved in regulating appetite and food intake. This can help you eat less, which can lead to weight loss.
In a 68-week medical study of 1,961 adults living with obesity or excess weight with a related medical problem, adults lost ~35 lbs (or ~15% body weight). People taking placebo lost an average of 6 lbs (or ~2.5% body weight). The average starting weight for both groups was ~232 lbs.a
aResults are from a 68-week medical study of adults with obesity (BMI ≥30) and adults with excess weight (BMI ≥27) who also had weight-related medical problems including high blood pressure or high cholesterol. People with type 2 diabetes were excluded. Both groups were instructed to take the medicine along with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity. 7% of people taking Wegovy™ (92 people) left the medical study due to side effects, compared to 3.1% of people taking placebo (20 people).
People respond to medicines differently, so there is no set time for when you can expect to see results with Wegovy™. Ask your health care provider about what might be a realistic expectation for you.
The most common side effects of Wegovy™ may include: nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, stomach (abdomen) pain, headache, tiredness (fatigue), upset stomach, dizziness, feeling bloated, belching, gas, stomach flu, and heartburn.
Tell your health care provider if you have any side effects that bother you.
It is possible to travel with your Wegovy™ pen:
Wegovy™ is taken once a week, any time of day, with or without food.
Wegovy™ comes in 5 different doses: 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 1.7 mg, and 2.4 mg. Each dose comes in its own color pen.
Yes, it's recommended that you take Wegovy™ on the same day every week at a time that is most convenient for you.
Take Wegovy™ 1 time each week, on the same day each week, at any time of the day. You may change the day of the week you take Wegovy™ as long as your last dose was given 2 or more days before.
You can take Wegovy™ with or without food.
If you miss a dose of Wegovy™ and the next scheduled dose is more than 2 days away (48 hours), take the missed dose as soon as possible.
If you miss a dose of Wegovy™ and the next scheduled dose is less than 2 days away (48 hours), do not administer the dose. Take your next dose on the regularly scheduled day.
If you miss doses of Wegovy™ for more than 2 weeks, take your next dose on the regularly scheduled day or call your health care provider to talk about how to restart your treatment.
Wegovy™ should be clear and colorless. If it is not clear and colorless, DO NOT USE IT. Safely dispose of the Wegovy™ pen and contact our Patient Customer Care Center at 833-934-6891 for a replacement.
It’s important to properly dispose of your used Wegovy™ pens. Do not throw the pen away in your household trash. Instead, use an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container or a sturdy household container with a tight-fitting lid, like a heavy-duty plastic container. Other requirements include puncture resistant, upright and stable during use, leak resistant and properly labled.
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