Weight Loss Management in Irvine, Newport Beach or Orange County
Semaglutide is the generic name for Ozempic and Wegovy. Semaglutide is an FDA-approved antiobesity medication to supplement weight loss management in combination with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity regimen. Clinical studies have shown that people using semaglutide lost an average of 14.9% of their initial body weight.
How Does Semaglutide Work?
Semaglutide works by slowing down digestion which decreases appetite and makes you feel fuller faster and for longer after having a small meal portion. The medication comes in an injectable form that you administer yourself once a week on the same day. The injections are just under the skin (subcutaneous) in areas like the abdomen, upper arm, or thigh. The recommended duration of the treatment program is 2-3 months.
Common side effects of semaglutide include, but are not limited to: nausea, constipation, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, heartburn, bloating, gas, headache, fatigue, and jitteriness. Nausea is one of the most common side effects when starting the semaglutide treatment but gradually resolves as the body gets used to the medication. To reduce feeling nauseous, it is best to inject the semaglutide before bed and to stay hydrated.
What to Expect with Our Semaglutide Treatment Plan
At Ageless MD, we will schedule you for a consultation to meet with our provider so that we can review your medical history as well as take baseline measurements (e.g., weight, blood pressure) to determine if you are a good candidate for the semaglutide treatment. We will instruct you on how to administer the semaglutide and provide recommendations about diet, physical exercise, and lifestyle modifications to best optimize your results. We will follow up with you routinely to monitor your progress and adjust the dosing of the semaglutide as needed/tolerated.
Frequently Asked Questions for Semaglutide
Semaglutide is a synthetic analog that acts as the naturally occurring hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) to induce satiety to reduce weight gain.
Almost anyone who has struggled with losing weight through diet, exercise, and lifestyle modifications can be considered for semaglutide treatment.
People who should not use semaglutide include, but are not limited to: those with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) and/or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN-2), liver and kidney impairments, hypersensitivity to semaglutide, and pregnant/breastfeeding or trying to/planning on becoming pregnant.
The general protocol is an initial low-dose injected once a week subcutaneously that progressively increases to the maintenance dose. It is important to follow dietary and physical exercise protocols in combination with the semaglutide to achieve weight loss. The specific regimen will be discussed during the consultation.
Although there is no particular diet, we recommend eating a small portion of high protein and low carbohydrate meals, and increasing fiber and fluid intake. We also highly encourage physical exercise 50-60 minutes daily.
We recommend committing to at least 3 months, but the length of the treatment depends on your weight loss goal.
Most patients find that they get full after consuming a portion smaller than what they would usually eat. Some patients experience common side effects like nausea which resolves as the body gets accustomed to the semaglutide. Other common side effects include constipation, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, heartburn, bloating, gas, headache, fatigue, and jitteriness.
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