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Wegovy is a once-weekly prescription medicine 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 it off. Wegovy should be used with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity. See full indicationSee full indication.

 

Be sure to read the Instructions for Use that comes with Wegovy and to use Wegovy exactly as your health care provider tells you to.

 

Wegovy is taken once a week on the same day, any time of day, with or without food. It comes in a pen that features:

 

  • One-time use only: Use a new pen every time
  • Preset dose: The dose is already set on your pen
  • Hidden needle: The needle is covered and won't be seen

 

The Wegovy pen

The Wegovy™ Pen <p><b>A</b>: Check the <b>expiration date</b> on the <b><i>back</i></b> of your pen to make sure your Wegovy<sup>™</sup> has not expired.</p>
<p><b>B</b>: <b>Always</b> check the label to make sure you have the medicine and dose your health care provider prescribed. Either: </p>
<p><span class="btn btn-info1"><b>0.25 mg/0.5 mL</b></span></p>
<p><span class="btn btn-info2"><b>0.5 mg/0.5 mL</b></span></p>
<p><span class="btn btn-info3"><b>1 mg/0.5 mL</b></span></p>
<p><span class="btn btn-info4"><b>1.7 mg/0.75 mL</b></span></p>
<p><span class="btn btn-info5"><b>2.4 mg/0.75 mL</b></span></p>
<p><b>C</b>: <b>Before </b>you use the Wegovy<sup>™</sup> pen, make sure the medication inside is <b>clear</b> and <b>colorless</b>. Air bubbles are normal and do not affect your dose.</p>
<p>Check that the yellow bar has <b>stopped</b> <b>moving</b> to make sure you received your full dose.<br />
</p>
<p><b>D</b>: The needle is <b>hidden</b> before use, and the needle cover <b>locks</b> after use.</p>
<p><b>E</b>: Remove the <b>pen cap</b> just before you are ready to inject.</p>
  • Expiration date. Located on the back of your pen. Check that Wegovy has not expired.

  • Always check you have the medicine and dose that your health care provider prescribed.

  • Pen window.
    BEFORE USE: Check that Wegovy is clear and colorless. Air bubbles are normal and do not affect your dose.

    Check that the yellow bar has stopped moving to make sure you received your full dose.

  • Needle cover.
    BEFORE USE: Needle is hidden inside.

    AFTER USE: Needle cover locks after use.

  • Pen cap. Remove it just before you are ready to inject.

   

How to use the Wegovy pen  

   

See Wegovy Instructions for Use here.

In addition to the video above, you can also learn more about using the Wegovy pen below. Click arrows to learn more.

   

Wegovy pen care, storage, and disposal

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Protecting your pen

  • Do not drop your pen or knock it against hard surfaces

 

  • Do not expose your pen to any liquids

 

  • If you think that your pen may be damaged, do not try to fix it. Use a new one

 

  • Keep the pen cap on until you are ready to inject. Your pen will no longer be sterile if you store an unused pen without the cap, if you pull the pen cap off and put it on again, or if the pen cap is missing. This could lead to an infection

                                                                             

                                                                             

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Storing your pen

  • Store the Wegovy pen in the refrigerator from 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C)

 

  • If needed, before removing the pen cap, Wegovy can be stored from 8°C to 30°C (46°F to 86°F) in the original carton for up to 28 days.

 

  • Keep Wegovy in the original carton to protect it from light

 

  • Do not freeze

 

  • Throw away pen if Wegovy has been frozen, has been exposed to light or temperatures above 86°F (30°C), or has been out of the refrigerator for 28 days or longer
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Disposing of your used pen

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 disposable container or a sturdy household container with a tight-fitting lid, like a heavy duty plastic container.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

   

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Indication and Important Safety Information

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What is Wegovy?

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 should be used with a reduced calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.
  • Wegovy contains semaglutide and should not be used with other semaglutide-containing products or other GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines.
  • It is not known if Wegovy is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight loss products.
  • It is not known if Wegovy can be used safely in people with a history of pancreatitis.
  • It is not known if Wegovy is safe and effective for use in children under 18 years of age.
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What is the most important information I should know about Wegovy?

Wegovy may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Possible thyroid tumors, including cancer. Tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In studies with rodents, Wegovy and medicines that work like Wegovy caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if Wegovy will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people.
  • Do not use Wegovy if you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).

 

Do not use Wegovy if:

  • you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
  • you have had a serious allergic reaction to semaglutide or any of the ingredients in Wegovy.

 

Before using Wegovy, tell your healthcare provider if you have any other medical conditions, including if you:

  • have or have had problems with your pancreas or kidneys.
  • have type 2 diabetes and a history of diabetic retinopathy.
  • have or have had depression, suicidal thoughts, or mental health issues.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Wegovy may harm your unborn baby. You should stop using Wegovy 2 months before you plan to become pregnant.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Wegovy passes into your breast milk.

 

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Wegovy may affect the way some medicines work and some medicines may affect the way Wegovy works. Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking other medicines to treat diabetes, including sulfonylureas or insulin. Wegovy slows stomach emptying and can affect medicines that need to pass through the stomach quickly. 

What are the possible side effects of Wegovy?

Wegovy may cause serious side effects, including:

  • inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis). Stop using Wegovy and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel the pain from your abdomen to your back.
  • gallbladder problems. Wegovy may cause gallbladder problems, including gallstones. Some gallstones may need surgery. Call your healthcare provider if you have symptoms, such as pain in your upper stomach (abdomen), fever, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), or clay-colored stools.
  • increased risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in patients with type 2 diabetes, especially those who also take medicines for type 2 diabetes such as sulfonylureas or insulin. This can be both a serious and common side effect. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to recognize and treat low blood sugar and check your blood sugar before you start and while you take Wegovy. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include dizziness or light-headedness, blurred vision, anxiety, irritability or mood changes, sweating, slurred  speech, hunger, confusion or drowsiness, shakiness, weakness, headache, fast heartbeat, or feeling jittery.
  • kidney problems (kidney failure). In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration) which may cause kidney problems to get worse. It is important for you to drink fluids to help reduce your chance of dehydration.
  • serious allergic reactions. Stop using Wegovy and get medical help right away, if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat; problems breathing or swallowing; severe rash or itching; fainting or feeling dizzy; or very rapid heartbeat.
  • change in vision in patients with type 2 diabetes. Tell your healthcare provider if you have changes in vision during treatment with Wegovy.
  • increased heart rate. Wegovy can increase your heart rate while you are at rest. Tell your healthcare provider if you feel your heart racing or pounding in your chest and it lasts for several minutes.
  • depression or thoughts of suicide. You should pay attention to any mental changes, especially sudden changes in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any mental changes that are new, worse or worry 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.

What is Wegovy? 

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What is Wegovy?

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 should be used with a reduced calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.
  • Wegovy contains semaglutide and should not be used with other semaglutide-containing products or other GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines.
  • It is not known if Wegovy is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight loss products.
  • It is not known if Wegovy can be used safely in people with a history of pancreatitis.
  • It is not known if Wegovy is safe and effective for use in children under 18 years of age.


Please click here for Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for Wegovy

 

Wegovy is a prescription medication.

 

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Indication and Important Safety Information

What is Wegovy?

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 should be used with a reduced calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.
  • Wegovy contains semaglutide and should not be used with other semaglutide-containing products or other GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines.
  • It is not known if Wegovy is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight loss products.
  • It is not known if Wegovy can be used safely in people with a history of pancreatitis.
  • It is not known if Wegovy is safe and effective for use in children under 18 years of age.

What is the most important information I should know about Wegovy?

Wegovy may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Possible thyroid tumors, including cancer. Tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In studies with rodents, Wegovy and medicines that work like Wegovy caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if Wegovy will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people.
  • Do not use Wegovy if you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).

 

Do not use Wegovy if:

  • you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
  • you have had a serious allergic reaction to semaglutide or any of the ingredients in Wegovy.

 

Before using Wegovy, tell your healthcare provider if you have any other medical conditions, including if you:

  • have or have had problems with your pancreas or kidneys.
  • have type 2 diabetes and a history of diabetic retinopathy.
  • have or have had depression, suicidal thoughts, or mental health issues.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Wegovy may harm your unborn baby. You should stop using Wegovy 2 months before you plan to become pregnant.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Wegovy passes into your breast milk.

 

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Wegovy may affect the way some medicines work and some medicines may affect the way Wegovy works. Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking other medicines to treat diabetes, including sulfonylureas or insulin. Wegovy slows stomach emptying and can affect medicines that need to pass through the stomach quickly. 

What are the possible side effects of Wegovy?

Wegovy may cause serious side effects, including:

  • inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis). Stop using Wegovy and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel the pain from your abdomen to your back.
  • gallbladder problems. Wegovy may cause gallbladder problems, including gallstones. Some gallstones may need surgery. Call your healthcare provider if you have symptoms, such as pain in your upper stomach (abdomen), fever, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), or clay-colored stools.
  • increased risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in patients with type 2 diabetes, especially those who also take medicines for type 2 diabetes such as sulfonylureas or insulin. This can be both a serious and common side effect. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to recognize and treat low blood sugar and check your blood sugar before you start and while you take Wegovy. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include dizziness or light-headedness, blurred vision, anxiety, irritability or mood changes, sweating, slurred  speech, hunger, confusion or drowsiness, shakiness, weakness, headache, fast heartbeat, or feeling jittery.
  • kidney problems (kidney failure). In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration) which may cause kidney problems to get worse. It is important for you to drink fluids to help reduce your chance of dehydration.
  • serious allergic reactions. Stop using Wegovy and get medical help right away, if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat; problems breathing or swallowing; severe rash or itching; fainting or feeling dizzy; or very rapid heartbeat.
  • change in vision in patients with type 2 diabetes. Tell your healthcare provider if you have changes in vision during treatment with Wegovy.
  • increased heart rate. Wegovy can increase your heart rate while you are at rest. Tell your healthcare provider if you feel your heart racing or pounding in your chest and it lasts for several minutes.
  • depression or thoughts of suicide. You should pay attention to any mental changes, especially sudden changes in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any mental changes that are new, worse or worry 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.

What is Wegovy? 

What is Wegovy?

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 should be used with a reduced calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.
  • Wegovy contains semaglutide and should not be used with other semaglutide-containing products or other GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines.
  • It is not known if Wegovy is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight loss products.
  • It is not known if Wegovy can be used safely in people with a history of pancreatitis.
  • It is not known if Wegovy is safe and effective for use in children under 18 years of age.


Please click here for Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for Wegovy

 

Wegovy is a prescription medication.

 

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Questions?

Talk to your health care provider or call at 1-833-4-WEGOVY (1-833-493-4689) between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM ET, Monday–Friday. Select Option 2

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