If you know a lot of people who are trying to lose weight, you may have heard about a new drug called Ozempic. This drug recently got super popular because of the number of people who have shed some serious pounds using this treatment, even if they’d been unsuccessful with other interventions in the past.
Semaglutide is the generic name for the popular name brand drug Ozempic, and its rise in popularity has caused it to be harder to find than ever before. Today, we’re sharing some key information you need to know about semaglutide and how you can access this transformative treatment for yourself.
Let’s Start with the Basics – What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is an injection that can be used with a consistent diet and exercise program to control blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. It is also used to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death in adults with type 2 diabetes. Although it is used to treat type 2 diabetes, it is not a replacement for insulin, and there are other, off-label uses for the drug, including weight loss.
How does semaglutide work?
Semaglutide works by helping your pancreas to release insulin and move sugar from your blood into other body tissues, where it is then used to create energy. This reduces hunger and drives up your energy levels so that you can eat healthier with little effort and feel better when doing regular exercise.
Is semaglutide approved for weight loss?
While semaglutide was originally created to treat type 2 diabetes, the FDA has approved semaglutide for chronic weight management in adults. This decision came after clinical trials showed a 15% to 18% weight loss in trial participants.
The drug has been proven not only to work for weight loss and weight management, it is also approved by the FDA and completely safe for use in this capacity.
Where can I find semaglutide near me?
Recently, many pharmacies have stopped filling semaglutide prescriptions for patients who do not have type 2 diabetes due to shortages of the drug. This prompted the FDA to allow generic semaglutide to be produced and released through different medical providers, like Flawless. If you live in the Minneapolis, MN or Excelsior, MN area, book a consultation with us to learn if you’re a good candidate for semaglutide injections. If you are a good fit, you can have your injections administered by our team of medical professionals or receive a kit to do the injections at home. We will show you how to complete them yourself!
How to get a semaglutide prescription
Like with any medicine, semaglutide must be prescribed by a qualified medical professional. That means that in order to receive a prescription, you must come in for a consultation to discuss your symptoms and needs. From there, our team will assess whether the medication is right for you and continue to manage your medication while you are taking the drug. Note that due to shortages in the brand name drug, it may be challenging to get your primary care physician to prescribe this medication for weight loss alone. Our office is focused on helping you look and feel your best! We do not treat patients for diabetes and are prescribing this drug for weight loss only.
Can I use my insurance?
Due to the demand for this drug for weight loss, most insurance companies are requiring patients to prove that they have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before they will pay for this drug. However, patients may pay out of pocket for this treatment. You can purchase this medication directly at Flawless Med Spa, but we do not accept insurance at this time.