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What is Wegovy
Wegovy is a prescription weight loss treatment used to help reduce obesity or maintain a healthy weight. It is a new treatment for weight loss designed to make you feel fuller and less hungry. This results in you eating less and reducing your weight. Wegovy (semaglutide) should be used with exercise and a reduced calorie diet.
Wegovy is suitable for individuals who are seeking help with weight loss and meet specific criteria:
- Adults with a body mass index (BMI) over 30
- Adults with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 27 and have weight-related health conditions such as high blood pressure
Can I buy Wegovy online?
Yes, you can buy Wegovy online in UK. Wegovy injections come in 5 strengths:
Click Pharmacy stocks Wegovy and other weight loss treatment options. You will need to fill out a short medical assessment so our prescribers can assess if it's the best treatment for you or prescribe an alternative.
Once the prescription for Wegovy (semaglutide) is issued, you are able to order the injection anytime. The purchase will be sent directly to your address in discreet packaging through Royal Mail 1st class or next-day delivery service.
How effective is Wegovy?
Wegovy is a very effective weight loss treatment option. Clinical trials have shown that adults with obesity who took Wegovy to lose weight experienced a weight loss of 15% of their body weight in a 68-week weight loss journey. People using Wegovy with lifestyle changes lost around 33 pounds (15 kilograms) versus 5 pounds (2 kilograms) who didn't use the drug. It stands out from other weight loss medications due to its ability to reduce significant weight compared to other medicines.
How does Wegovy work?
Wegovy contains the active ingredient semaglutide, classified as a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. It works by reducing the appetite, leading the individual to eat less and resulting in weight loss.
Semaglutide is an artificial version of the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Our bodies release this hormone after eating to regulate blood sugar levels. This makes us full and satisfied. By mimicking this hormone, Wegovy gives you the same feeling when eating less food.
Wegovy controls your hunger level and appetite, making you eat less and feel fuller for longer periods. It is vital that you should follow a healthier diet and increased physical plan to lose weight. Eating fatty food or sugary drinks may reduce the effectiveness of the drug.
What dose of Wegovy should I take?
Wegovy is available in 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 1.7 mg, and 2.4 mg of semaglutide pre-filled injections.
The starting dose is 0.25 mg once weekly and increases to 2.4 mg once weekly, across a 16 week period.
Wegovy should be injected once a week on the same day each week.
How should I take Wegovy?
Wegovy is injected under the skin of the upper arms, stomach (two inches away from the belly button) or thigh. Do not inject in the same site for the next injection, and keep on rotating the site.
Wegovy pack comes with 4 single dose prefilled pens or a single pen with prefilled solution. The procedure for administering them is different.
Single-dose prefilled pen
Remove the cap, check the clear and colourless liquid, and inject it straight into the skin. Once you hear the first click, it means the injection has started. Keep holding the injection until the yellow indicator is still moving and you hear the second click. It indicates that the dose has been injected, and now you can discard the pen.
Single pen with prefilled solution
It is a dial-a-dose pen that contains 4 doses of the drug. It comes with 4 needles and use a new needle for every dose. Remove the cap and perform a flow check of the pen after ensuring the liquid is clear and colourless. Using the dose selector, set the dose until the correct dose is showing. Inject the needle into the skin, hold the dose button, and slowly count to 6 until the dose counter resets to "0". Remove the needle and discard it. Place the cap back on the pen, and safely store it for future use if there are still doses left.
The recommended course for weight loss is to increase your dose to the next level every 4 weeks. But you may have to stay on the same dose if you are experiencing side effects, or you feel you may still have to remain on the same dose and not ready to go up. Consult your doctor for any concerns you may have.
Wegovy vs Saxenda
Wegovy and Saxenda are both injectable weight loss treatments. The active ingredient in Wegovy is semaglutide and Saxenda’s active ingredient is liraglutide. Though the active ingredients are different, both are GLP-1 agonists and work similarly by regulating blood sugar levels and reducing appetite.
The dosage for weight loss treatments of both medicines is different. Wegovy is a once-weekly injection, with the dosage increasing every month. Saxenda weight loss medication is used daily, with the dosage increasing every week.
Some clinical trials have shown that the Wegovy pen is more effective in showing significant weight loss than Saxenda. However, it is essential to note that results for weight loss can vary from person to person depending on the medical history and current health condition. For some individuals, Wegovy may work better, and for others, Saxenda may be a better choice.
Wegovy vs Ozempic
Wegovy and Ozempic are two different brand names which use the same active ingredient, semaglutide. Though the active ingredient is the same, the purpose is different. Wegovy weight loss injection is used for weight management and aids weight loss in combination with a healthy diet and exercise. Ozempic treats type 2 diabetes and lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes in adult diabetic patients over 18 years old.
Both medicines contain different amounts of the active ingredient and are not interchangeable. You cannot use both medicines together.
What are the side effects of Wegovy?
Wegovy weight loss injection can cause side effects like all medicines, but not everybody gets them. The common side effects include the following:
- Stomach pain
- Problems with digestive system
- Feeling bloated
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Upset stomach and gas
Some less common but serious side effects include the following:
- Inflammation of the pancreas
- Risk of low blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes
- Gallbladder problems
- Kidney problems
- Increased heart rate
- Severe allergic reactions
- Change in vision and depression
If the side effects do not go away or are not tolerable, seek immediate medical help. Before taking Wegovy, share your medical history with your doctor, especially if you have or had kidney or pancreas disorders. Do not stop using Wegovy weight loss injections without consulting your doctor. Read the patient information leaflet before starting the medicine.
Who should not take Wegovy?
Wegovy is not suitable for all groups of people. Do not take Wegovy if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Allergic to semaglutide or any of the inactive ingredients in Wegovy
- Thyroid problems
- Certain types of cancer
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
Excerise caution and seek your doctors advice if you have any of the following conditions:
- Kidney or liver problems
- Eating disorders
- Mental health problems
- A history of low blood sugar
It is important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits before starting Wegovy weight loss injection.
What is the price of Wegovy?
The price for different strengths of Wegovy injections are as follows:
- 0.25mg - £199
- 0.5mg - £199
- 1mg - £199
- 1.7mg - £249
- 2.4mg - £299
There are a number of alternative weight loss treatments. These include:
Is Wegovy available over the counter?
Wegovy is a prescription-only medication in the UK. You can obtain it legally if you have a doctor-approved prescription or contact Click Pharmacy, where our prescriber will prescribe it Wegovy after you have filled out a short medical assessment form.
Where should I inject Wegovy?
Wegovy is a subcutaneous injection. You should inject Wegovy in the upper arm, upper thigh and your stomach. Keep on rotating the injection sites after every use. Do not inject in the same area twice simultaneously.
How should I store Wegovy injection?
Store Wegovy in a fridge (between 2°C and 8°C) before first use. Once you start using the pen, you can keep it for 6 weeks at room temperature (below 30°C) or in a fridge (between 2°C and 8°C). Do not freeze Wegovy.
What is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist?
Wegovy is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring hormone, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. GLP-1 helps to regulate appetite, particularly after eating a meal. It slows the stomach activity, which makes you feel fuller for longer. GLP-1 also enhances the production of insulin.
Common side effects
- Feeling sick
- Feeling tired
- Feeling dizzy
- Hair loss
- Stomach pain
- Inflamed stomach (gastritis)
- Reflux or heartburn
- Injection site reactions
Serious side effects
- Acute pancreatitis
- Complications of diabetic eye disease
- Severe stomach pain
- Severe allergic reaction
- Gallbladder problems
- Low blood sugar (in patients with diabetes)
- Increased heart rate
- Kidney problems