How does Wegovy Semaglutide work for weight loss?
Wegovy helps with weight loss because of the way it works in your gut.
When we eat, our intestines produce and release a hormone called GLP-1.
This hormone helps our brain to recognise that we’re satisfied and don’t need any more food.
Wegovy is a medicine called a “GLP-1 receptor agonist”, which means that it works in a very similar way to the GLP-1 hormone that our intestines produce naturally.
However, Semaglutide lasts for much longer than the natural version of the hormone, meaning that you’re more likely to feel more satisfied for a longer amount of time – reducing the amount that you eat overall.
This then leads to a decrease in your calorie intake, which when combined with a low-calorie diet and more exercise should lead to successful weight loss.
Read the Instructions for Use that is with your prescription and use this medicine exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to. Your healthcare provider should train you on how to use this medicine before you start using it.
Wegovy is injected under the skin (subcutaneously) of your stomach (abdomen), thigh, or upper arm. You should not inject this medicine into a muscle (intramuscularly) or vein (intravenously).
Rotate your injection site with each injection. You should not use the same site for each injection.
Wegovy Semaglutide should be used one time each week, on the same day each week, at any time of the day.
You can take Wagovy with or without food.
Usual Dose for Weight Loss:
Initial Dose Escalation Schedule:
Weeks 1 through 4 (month one): 0.25 mg subcutaneously once a week
Weeks 5 through 8 (month two): 0.5 mg subcutaneously once a week
Weeks 9 through 12 (month three): 1 mg subcutaneously once a week
Weeks 13 through 16 (month four): 1.7 mg subcutaneously once a week
Week 17 and onward: 2.4 mg subcutaneously once a week
Maintenance Dosage Adult Patients. The maintenance dosage is 2.4 mg injected subcutaneously once weekly. If the patient does not tolerate the maintenance 2.4 mg once-weekly dosage, then the dosage can be temporarily decreased to 1.7 mg once a week, for a maximum of 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, the dose should be increased to the maintenance 2.4 mg once-weekly dosage. Discontinue this medicine if the patient cannot tolerate the 2.4 mg dosage.
Pediatric Patients Aged 12 Years and Older. The recommended maintenance dosage is 2.4 mg injected subcutaneously once weekly. If the patient does not tolerate the maintenance 2.4 mg once-weekly dosage, the maintenance dosage may be reduced to 1.7 mg once weekly. Discontinue this medicine if the patient cannot tolerate the 1.7 mg dose.
What happens if I overdose?
If you take too much, you may have severe nausea, severe vomiting and severely low blood sugar. Call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you experience any of these symptoms.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss your dose and the next scheduled dose is more than 2 days away (48 hours), then take the missed dose as soon as possible. If you miss a dose and the next schedule dose is less than 2 days away (48 hours), do not administer the dose. Instead take your next dose on the regularly scheduled day.
If you miss your doses for more than 2 weeks, take your next dose on the regularly scheduled day or call your healthcare provider to talk about how to restart your treatment.
What strengths is Wegovy available in ?
Wegovy Semaglutide is available in five strengths:
Wegovy 0.25 mg (semaglutide)
Wegovy 0.5 mg (semaglutide)
Wegovy 1 mg (semaglutide)
Wegovy 1.7 mg (semaglutide)
Wegovy 2.4 m(semaglutide)
The most common Wegovy side effects may include:
stomach (abdomen) pain
Talk to your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.