Semaglutide Usage & Side Effects

How semaglutide works


Some animal studies indicate that regular semaglutide use may increase the risk of certain thyroid cancers. However, the risk appears to be minimal. If a patient is at higher risk of thyroid cancer before starting semaglutide, they may consider using a different medication. Overall, semaglutide does not increase the risk of cancer.

The most noticeable side effects will occur in the first few weeks after starting the medication. Over this period, they tend to become less severe and frequent. Most patients see significant improvement or cessation of side effects after three to four weeks.

In most cases, side effects of semaglutide are not long term. Some patients may experience some minor side effects during their entire treatment course. However, these are generally mild and manageable. If a patient stops taking semaglutide, the side effects should not continue. They may stick around for a short period of time as the body metabolizes the medication. However, about a week or two of stopping the medication, side effects should stop.

Potentially, though it is likely a small risk. Some studies have shown an increased risk of certain thyroid cancers when using semaglutide long term. However, this was observed during studies in rats and the human risk is likely small. If a patient has a thyroid disorder or higher risk of thyroid cancer for other reasons, they may consider other options.

As long as patients use semaglutide as prescribed and instructed, there is unlikely to be negative health effects. Patients undergo an initial consultation with a medical professional to ensure semaglutide is safe and unlikely to harm one’s health.

Yes, semaglutide can temporarily cause fatigue because it results in the patient eating fewer calories. This should improve as the body adjusts to these changes. As long as the patient stays hydrated, we generally do not see fatigue being an issue. We also offer B12 supplement injections, which can greatly improve fatigue!

Semaglutide is widely considered safe. There are no major safety concerns. The medication is FDA approved to treat Type II diabetes and obesity. In general, the benefits of the medication outweigh the risk of adverse effects.

It is possible. However, this is common in this class of medication. Major muscle mass loss is unlikely and patients can help preserve muscle mass with regular exercise and weight lifting. 

Some rebound weight gain is likely if/when you stop taking semaglutide. However, if a health lifestyle including exercise and diet are curated while using semaglutide, patients will have an easier time maintaining weight loss. This is why our BriteBody weight loss program does not focus solely on semaglutide.

When the FDA first approved semaglutide for weight loss, this did cause an initial shortage in the drug. However, this has largely been remedied and so everyone in need of the drug can now access it. Also, Ozempic is what is given to patients needing the medication. We compound Semaglutide through a sterile pharmacy, meaning this is not the same medication a diabetic patient would take. 

When used for weight loss, semaglutide is an injection. There are oral forms of semaglutide, but they are not as potent as the injection.

The time it takes to see weight loss from semaglutide injections will vary between patients. On average, weight loss becomes noticeable after about eight to twelve weeks. Though, the numbers on the scale may decline before then. Patients who also maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine are more likely to see quicker results.

Semaglutide is injected into the upper arm, stomach, or thighs. The patient should rotate their injection site each week. If injecting into the same area, ensure to inject away from the last injection site.

Probably, but there is no guarantee that what you are injecting is sterile semaglutide, is not contaminated, and is adequately monitored. Therefore, it is safer to see a qualified provider to help craft a semaglutide weight loss plan, monitor weight loss, and evaluate for side effects.

Generally, no, semaglutide should not interfere with your current supplements or medications. However, you will need to discuss what medications you take during your consultation to ensure a safe and effective treatment. Sometimes, neither medication needs to be ceased, but the doses adjusted.

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