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Sema_lutide, also known as the Skinny Shot, is a prescription medication that can help manage weight and control blood sugar levels. Sold under the brand names Ozempic and Wegovy, it works by mimicking the hormone GLP-1, which regulates appetite and metabolism. This medication targets the root causes of obesity and metabolic disorders, offering a new way to approach weight loss.
The search for effective and safe weight loss treatment seems never-ending. But the newest anti-obesity medication, Sema_lutide, is still making waves more than a year after its 2021 approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The injectable drug, initially only used as diabetes medication, is the first drug since Saxenda (2014) approved to treat chronic weight management in the 70% of American adults who are obese or overweight. Research continues to show the effectiveness of Sema_lutide injections for weight loss. It also highlights the value of treating obesity as a chronic metabolic disease instead of expecting people to rely solely on willpower and lifestyle changes to manage their condition. But Sema_lutide is not a miracle drug. And it’s not for everyone.
What are the side effects of sema_lutide injections?
The side effects of Sema_lutide are typically mild — especially when compared to the complications associated with overweight and obesity.
People taking sema_lutide for weight loss may experience:
- Gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea, constipation and gassiness
- Stomach issues, including nausea, vomiting, pain or distension (bloat)
Gastrointestinal issues are the most common complaint among people just starting sema_lutide. But you may be able to reduce the side effects by beginning on a lower dose and then slowly increasing the amount you take.
Who should (and should not) take sema_lutide for weight loss?
The FDA recommends Wegovy for weight loss if you meet one of the following criteria:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 27kg/m2 or greater and at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol
- Have a BMI of 30kg/m2 or greater
Avoid sema_lutide if you have:
- History of medullary thyroid cancer
- History of gallbladder disease
- History of pancreatitis
- Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN2)
If you’re considering sema_lutide for weight loss, your first step should be consulting your primary care physician (PCP). They know your personal and family medical history and can guide you in the best treatment for your condition. If you have diabetes and already take a different medication, talk to your physician about acceptable (and safe) combinations of diabetes medication.
To learn more about sema_lutide and other weight loss medications, reach out to our Primary Care Physician – Dr Kanika Govil MD