Semaglutide: Frequently Asked Questions
What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide, also known by its brand name Wegovy, is a medication that has been approved by the FDA for chronic weight management. It belongs to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, which are typically used to treat type 2 diabetes.
How Does Semaglutide work?
Semaglutide has been shown to help people lose weight by suppressing appetite and reducing food intake. Clinical trials have demonstrated that patients who take Semaglutide in combination with a healthy diet and exercise can achieve significant weight loss compared to those who use a placebo.
GLP-1 receptor agonists, such as Semaglutide, work by mimicking the effects of GLP-1 in the body. By activating GLP-1 receptors, these medications can help to stimulate insulin secretion, reduce appetite, and slow down gastric emptying, which can lead to weight loss and improved blood sugar control.
Who is right for Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is primarily approved for chronic weight management in adults, offering an effective treatment option when combined with lifestyle changes such as adopting a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise. Our experienced healthcare providers will conduct a thorough evaluation of your individual circumstances to determine if Semaglutide is suitable for you. We are dedicated to delivering a safe and effective weight loss program tailored to your specific needs, prioritizing your well-being and supporting you throughout your weight loss journey.
To ensure a comprehensive understanding of your overall health and suitability for the program, our providers will review essential lab tests, including the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP), Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels, Lipid profile, and Hemoglobin A1C (A1C) levels. These initial assessments enable us to make informed decisions regarding Semaglutide's appropriateness for you.
Throughout the program, our dedicated team will continuously monitor your lab results, ensuring your well-being remains paramount and optimizing your weight loss progress. Rest assured, we are committed to offering a personalized approach that aligns with your specific needs and goals, providing the highest level of care and attention to your health and safety.
How long do I have to be on Semaglutide?
The dosing regimen is designed to gradually increase the dose of Semaglutide over a period of four months, with the aim of reaching a target maintenance dose of 2.4 mg once weekly.
The recommended dosing regimen is as follows:
Month 1: 0.25 mg once weekly for the first month
Month 2: 0.5 mg once weekly for the second month
Month 3: 1 mg once weekly for the third month
Month 4: 1.7 mg once weekly for the fourth month
Target maintenance dose: 2.4 mg once weekly
It's important to note that this dosing regimen may be adjusted based on individual response and tolerability. A healthcare provider can help determine the appropriate dosing regimen for each patient and monitor their progress while using Semaglutide.