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Semaglutide Weight Loss Injection

What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide might ring a bell. Before its approval for long-term weight management, it was the key ingredient in medications for Type 2 Diabetes. In 2017, the FDA approved Ozempic, an injectable with semaglutide, for Type 2 Diabetes. By 2019, Rybelus, an oral pill with the same ingredient, also received approval.

Interestingly, while Ozempic and Rybelus boosted insulin production, aiding in blood sugar level reduction, they had an unexpected side effect: weight loss. Clinical trials revealed that many experienced a weight loss of 15% to 20% of their initial weight using Semaglutide.

How Does Semaglutide Work for Weight Loss?

Semaglutide is a hormone from the gastrointestinal system, aiding in insulin production by stimulating the pancreas. It also signals the brain to feel full. Designed to imitate the natural hormone GLP-1, when consumed or injected, the body perceives it as naturally produced GLP-1.

For weight loss, semaglutide slows stomach emptying by binding to stomach lining receptors. This slower emptying sends fullness signals to the brain, reducing food intake and appetite. By merging insulin production with this feeling of fullness, semaglutide can lead to significant weight loss.

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Are There Side Effects to Semaglutide?

Given semaglutide's interaction with the gastrointestinal system, it's unsurprising that most side effects are gastrointestinal. Common side effects include:

  • Nausea

  • Heartburn

  • Vomiting

  • Constipation

  • Stomach pain

  • Gas

  • Diarrhea

Despite these side effects, semaglutide remains a safe weight loss option, with fewer side effects than other market-available weight loss medications. Side effects are rare but possible. We start with a low dosage, gradually increasing it. If side effects arise, we can adjust the dosage.

Who is a Good Candidate for Semaglutide Weight Loss Injections?

Semaglutide is for those diagnosed as obese or overweight, typically with a BMI over 27. It's not for those with:

  • A family history of Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma (MTC)

  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome, Type 2

  • Known semaglutide allergy

  • Current breastfeeding or plans to

  • Current pregnancy

To see if you're a good fit for Semaglutide weight loss, schedule a consultation at Rita Medical Elite.

Call to schedule your Semaglutide Weight Loss Injection Consultation in Sarasota, FL. 

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