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What Is Ozempic Semaglutide?

Ozempic, also known by its generic name Semaglutide, is a medication prescribed for the management of diabetes. The injectable medication works by mimicking the action of the hormone GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1), which helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body. By binding to GLP-1 receptors, Ozempic promotes insulin secretion, reduces glucagon production (which lowers blood sugar), and slows down stomach emptying, leading to decreased appetite. When combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, Ozempic can help effectively control blood sugar levels.

How Does Ozempic Semaglutide Work?

Ozempic is one of the brand names of the medication Semaglutide, which is also the active ingredient in this drug. It belongs to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists. 

GLP-1 agonists work by mimicking and copying the natural work of hormones called incretins. Incretins are a group of hormones that control the functions of the pancreas. GLP-1 agonists act on the pancreas by increasing insulin production and reducing glucagon levels in the body. In doing this, it also causes the stomach to slow down gastric emptying and can simulate a feeling of fullness. 

What Are The Benefits Of Taking Ozempic Semaglutide?

  • Better Blood Sugar Control: Ozempic helps keep blood sugar levels stable by mimicking a natural hormone in the body.
  • Reduced Heart Risks: Studies show that Ozempic can lower the chances of heart problems like heart attacks and strokes in people with diabetes and heart disease.
  • Easy Once-a-Week Dosing: You only need to take Ozempic once a week, which is simpler than having to remember to take a pill every day.
  • Lower HbA1c Levels: Using Ozempic can lead to lower HbA1c levels, which means better long-term control of blood sugar and fewer diabetes-related issues.
  • Low Risk of Low Blood Sugar: Unlike some other diabetes medications, Ozempic doesn’t often cause dangerously low blood sugar levels, making it safer for many people.
  • Long-term Benefits: Continuing to use Ozempic can bring ongoing improvements in blood sugar, weight, and overall health for people with type 2 diabetes.

How Do I Use Ozempic Semaglutide?

Use this medication according to your doctor’s instructions. If you are unsure about anything, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Ozempic injection comes in a prefilled pen. This pen allows you to inject the drug yourself. Each Ozempic pen comes with several needles. You should use a new needle every time when injecting yourself with this drug.

    • Before each use, wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Prepare your pen. Check your pen to be sure the liquid medicine is clear, colourless and free of particles. If not, don’t use it.
    • Attach the needle. Pull off the outer and inner needle caps and throw them away. The Ozempic pen should be used with Novo Nordisk disposable needles that are supplied with your pen. Always use a new needle for each injection.
    • Check the Ozempic flow before your first injection with each new pen.
    • If you drop your pen or suspect a problem, attach a new needle, and check the Ozempic flow before you inject.

Select and inject your dose

    • Select your dose by dialling the pen to the dose that the doctor prescribed for you. If you select the wrong dose, you can turn the dose selector forward or backwards to the correct dose.
    • Wipe your skin using an alcohol pad at the place where you will inject and let it dry. Insert the needle into your skin in the stomach (abdomen), thigh or upper arm.
    • Press down on the centre of the dose button to inject until “0 mg” lines up with the pointer.
    • Keep the dose button pressed down, keep the needle under the skin, and slowly count to 6 to make sure the full dose is injected. Keep your thumb on the injection button until you remove the needle from your skin.
    • Withdrawal the needle from your injection site. If blood appears at the injection site, press lightly with a gauze pad or cotton ball. Do not rub the area.

Discard your needle

    • Carefully remove the needle from the pen and dispose of it in an FDA-approved sharps container. Do not throw away loose needles and pens in your household trash.
    • Do not put the needle caps back on the needle to avoid needle sticks. Store your pen without the needle attached. DO NOT reuse or share needles.
    • Put the pen cap on your pen after each use to protect Ozempic from light.
    • Always keep your pen with you. Do not leave it in a car or other place where it can get too hot or too cold. Keep it out of reach of others, especially children and pets.

To check the flow

    • The first time you use each new Ozempic pen be sure to dial to the flow check symbol. You only need to do this once with each new pen. Turn the dose selector until the flow check symbol lines up with pointer.
    • Hold the pen with the needle pointing up. Keep the needle pointing up and press the dose button until “0 mg” lines up with the pointer. A drop of Ozempic will appear at the tip of the needle.
    • If there is no drop, repeat steps 1 and 2, up to 6 times, until a drop of Ozempic appears at the needle tip. If there is still no drop, change the needle and repeat Step 1 and 2 one more time. Do not use the pen if a drop of Ozempic still does not appear.

Ozempic Semaglutide Dosage

There are two different Ozempic pens. Both contain 2 mg/1.5 mL (1.34 mg/mL) of the drug, but the pens give different doses.

  • One pen delivers 0.25 mg or 0.5 mg per injection. When you first start taking Ozempic, your doctor will recommend this pen. Each of these pens can be used four to six times.
  • The other pen delivers 1 mg per injection. You’ll use this pen If you need a higher dose to control your blood sugar levels. Each of these pens can only be used twice.

Precautions and Side Effects

For proper administration and to make sure that this drug is suitable for you, follow all the precautionary measures that are mentioned here:

  • Before taking this medication make sure that you are not allergic or intolerant to Semaglutide or any other ingredient present in this medication.
  • If you are using any prescription or non-prescription medication, tell your doctor about it.
  • If you have or ever had pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), diabetic retinopathy or any kidney disease make sure you’re doctor knows about it.
  • If you’re pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding, tell your doctor before using this medication. If you are planning a pregnancy, your doctor will likely tell you to stop this drug two months before pregnancy.
  • If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If more than five days have passed since you’ve taken a dose, skip this missed dose and take the next one on the schedule.
  • Before using the Ozempic pen, make sure that the liquid in the pen is clear. Don’t use this pen if the liquid appears to be coloured, cloudy, thickened or contains particles.

Ozempic (Semaglutide) has some side effects, but the majority of the times people don’t experience any side effects. But if you notice any of these side effects tell your doctor immediately.

The common side effects of this medication are fairly tolerable, they include burping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation and abdominal pain.

Some serious side effects are decreased urination, water retention

Which Strength do I order?

Patients taking Ozempic for the first time start on a 0.25mg dose for 4 weeks. A single pen has 4 doses, one for each week.

Depending on your response to the medicine, the dose can then be increased to 0.5mg for 4 weeks. A single 0.5mg pen will have 4 doses, one for each week. The dose can be still further increased to 1mg. For some patients, a 0.5mg dose can achieve the desired effect and they will remain at a 0.5mg.

A single 1mg pen contains 4 doses and lasts 4 weeks. Patients often remain at a dose of 1mg per week.

Please see a table below

Dose EscalationWeekly Dose
Weeks 1- 40.25 MG
Weeks 5 – 80.5 MG
Weeks 9 onwards1 MG

Do I have to start at the lowest strength.

Patients new to Ozempic must let their body get used to the medicine and are therefore started on a low dose. Ozempic can cause nausea and vomiting. By increasing the dose too rapidly the likelihood of side effects increases.

How Do I Buy Ozempic (Semaglutide) Online?

You can order Ozempic (Semaglutide) online easily after filling an online prescription form on Pharmacy Planet. Kindly use this medication according to your doctor’s prescription. Any changes in the dosage with the advice of a trained healthcare giver may have harmful effects on your health.

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