Recently, a weight loss drug has been trending on the social network TikTok. Ozempic, after which it was literally “crushed” in pharmacies. However, this medicine vital for diabetics who now cannot get them.
The problem was described by La Repubblica. It is noted that the deficit is likely to last at least a year.
Of the more than 37 million Americans with diabetes, the vast majority—90% to 95%—have type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are forced to knock on the thresholds of pharmacies in search of the drug necessary for life.
Ozempic (commonly known as semaglutide) is an injection used to lower blood sugar and hemoglobin levels in type 2 diabetics. Thus, the drug reduces the complications of diabetes, such as stroke, high blood pressure and blindness. Injections are given once a week in the thigh, abdomen, or upper arm, with or without food, at any time of the day.
One of the side effects of Ozempic is weight loss, which is why some doctors prescribe the drug off-label even though it has not been approved as a weight loss drug.
In general, doctors do not approve of the use of a diabetes drug for weight loss. Dr. Zhaoping Li, Chief of Clinical Nutrition at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, urged people to be careful about using diabetes medication for weight loss, as this property, in particular Ozempic, is not fully understood and there are many questions.
It is noted that some of the most common side effects caused by Ozempic are nausea, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain, and eating disorders. However, more serious side effects such as thyroid tumors and cancer may occur.
There are analogues
It should be noted that another similar Ozempic drug is Metmorphine. It is also used for weight loss. Metformin’s low price and wide availability have made it an indispensable means of losing weight and increasing life expectancy.
However, for all its benefits for diabetics and people looking to shed stubborn pounds, it has one side effect that many users suffer from – severe diarrhea. Many users report that their daily life has deteriorated significantly due to this.
– 33-year-old American Kayla Mehan from California lost almost 70 kg and shared the secret of losing weight. She was overweight, which she could not get rid of for a long time, but thanks to her family, who supported her and sent her to a special center, she achieved results.
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