Semaglutide has been approved by the FDA as a medication for weight management in adults who are overweight or have obesity. It is an injectable medication that works by reducing appetite, promoting a feeling of fullness, and helping to control food cravings. This can support you in achieving your weight loss goals and improving your overall health.
Here are some key points about semaglutide injections for weight loss:
Proven Effectiveness: Semaglutide has shown remarkable results in clinical trials, with participants experiencing significant weight loss and improvements in various health markers.
Convenient and Simple: Semaglutide is self-administered once a week, and our team at Zinni Family Practice will provide you with clear instructions on how to use the injections correctly.
Individualized Approach: Our healthcare providers will work closely with you to develop a personalized weight loss plan that includes semaglutide injections, along with lifestyle modifications and dietary guidance.
Comprehensive Support: At Zinni Family Practice, we believe in providing holistic care. We will support you every step of the way, offering ongoing monitoring, counseling, and guidance to ensure your weight loss journey is safe and successful.
If you have struggled with weight loss in the past or are looking for an effective tool to help you reach your weight loss goals, semaglutide injections may be the solution you’ve been searching for!
To learn more about semaglutide injections for weight loss and how Zinni Family Practice can support you on your weight management journey, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. Our compassionate team is ready to answer your questions and guide you toward a healthier, happier you!
Remember, taking the first step is often the hardest, but with Zinni Family Practice, you don’t have to do it alone. Together, we can achieve your weight loss goals and empower you to live your best life.
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Semaglutide (GLP-1(Glucagon Like Peptide) receptor agonist) works by mimicking a hormone that targets areas of the brain involved in regulating appetite and food intake. This can help you eat less, which can lead to weight loss.
Semaglutide is an injectable prescription medication for adults with obesity (BMI ≥30) or overweight (excess weight) (BMI ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems, to help them lose weight and keep it off. Semaglutide should be used with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.
Doctors do know that GLP-1s appear to help curb hunger. These medications also slow the movement of food from the stomach into the small intestine. As a result, you may feel full faster and longer, resulting in you eating less.
Along with helping to control blood sugar and boost weight loss, GLP-1s seem to have other major benefits. Research has found that some GLP-I’s may lower the risk of heart disease, such as heart failure, stroke and kidney disease. People taking GLP-1’s have also seen their blood pressure and cholesterol levels improve. But it’s not clear whether these benefits are from the medication or the weight loss…either way it’s a win win!
About 1 in 3 adults lost 46 lb or more (20% weight loss). This was calculated from ~232 lb starting weight.
In addition to a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity, people in this study taking Semaglutide lost more weight vs placebo.
*In a supportive measure, at week 68, at least 20% weight loss was seen in 30% of people taking Semaglutide versus 2% of people taking placebo.
The most common side effects of Semaglutide may include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, stomach (abdomen) pain, headache, tiredness (fatigue), upset stomach, dizziness, feeling bloated, belching, gas, and heartburn.
These side effects are very mild especially starting at a low dose and gradually increasing the dosage when your provider feels it is time to do so.
Most of these side effect can be treated with over-the-counter remedies like Antacids, Pepto bismol, anti-diarrhea medicines, Tylenol, Gas-Ex, Dulcolax (for constipation) or other fiber remedies for constipation. Our B-Vitamin shots given on the same day as your Semaglutide injection can help to combat nausea.
Again, most of these side effects are very mild and will quickly subside as your body gets used to Semaglutide.
Tell your health care provider if you have any side effects that bother you.
It is possible to travel with your Semaglutide: When traveling by air, keep your Semaglutide in your carry-on, as it may freeze in the baggage compartment. Be sure to check with the airline to see if they have any specific baggage rules. If needed, Semaglutide may be stored between 46°F and 86°F in the syringe for up to 28 days. If you are not able to come in for your injection, please let us know in advance so that we can arrange to educate you on self-administering the injection.
Semaglutide is administered by our medical staff as a subcutaneous injection with a very small gauge needle (insulin Syringe) in the lower abdomen/flank/inner or outer thigh.
It is administered once per week by our medical staff and is best done on a consistent day of the week. We will set you up with an appointment to weigh-in and get the Semaglutide injection at the same time. This helps with accountability and to get you in and out of the clinic quickly.
As mentioned earlier in this handout the studies were done on a 68-week trial. It can be taken long term (years) if needed for weight loss and maintenance if required.
Semaglutide costs can be very expensive when purchased outright, the weight loss dose can be >$1,000 per month. Most insurance companies will not cover the cost of the injections. We at Physician’s Plan Weight Management Medical Clinics will do our very best to keep the price as low as possible but it depends on weight patient status and the dosage you are receiving and the available supply. Please ask one of our Practitioners for more information