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Understanding Ozempic: TikTok’s latest weight loss trend

7 April 2024 by Omniya Clinic

In 2017, the FDA approved Ozempic to control an individual’s blood sugar levels. Ozempic’s primary function is to treat Type 2 diabetes. But over the last year, the story has changed. 

Across TikTok, users have picked up on Ozempic’s key side effect - weight loss. There is a growing increase in “off-label” prescriptions, which refers to prescriptions made for reasons outside their intended use. For Ozempic, social media users turn to it to lose weight quickly. The consequences? A global Ozempic shortage

In this blog, you’ll learn about Ozempic, its side effects and a safer weight loss alternative, Saxenda®

What is Ozempic? 

Ozempic (or semaglutide) is a prescription drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. It is part of the incretin mimetic/GLP-1 analogue family, which are medications that manage blood sugar levels. 

When injected weekly, Ozempic increases the levels of ‘incretins’ hormones. These are essential hormones that help the body generate more insulin when necessary. They also limit how much glucose the liver produces when it’s not required. 

What does Ozempic do for weight loss? 

Diabetic patients who take Ozempic can lose weight while using the medicine. Why? Because incretin mimetics reduce our appetite, meaning we eat less. They also slow food digestion in our gut, so we stay fuller longer. 

What is an alternative to Ozempic? 

If you have type 2 diabetes, you should only use GLP-1 analogue medicines. Find out which medicines you should look for in Diabetes UK’s guide.

Want to lose weight? Reputable weight loss drugs include Wegovy, Contrave and Saxenda. At Omniya Clinic, our doctors administer Saxenda (or liraglutide), which is a revolutionary appetite suppressant used alongside a healthy lifestyle. 

How does Saxenda work?

Saxenda is injected daily using a simple pen device. It is known as a GLP-1 agonist, which regulates our appetite similarly to a GLP-1 drug (e.g., Ozempic). 

Saxenda does not treat diabetes and primarily helps with weight management. This medicine also causes your stomach to digest slower, helping you feel fuller after eating. As a weight loss injection, Saxenda is ideal for adults who:

Children aged over 12 can use Saxenda based on similar factors above.  

Book your weight loss consultation  

Saxenda alone will not help you reach your ideal weight. Good nutrition, exercise, dedication, and consistency will. At Omniya Clinic, our weight loss treatment begins with an initial consultation.

Our doctors will gain a thorough understanding of your medical history, health, lifestyle and goals. If required, you’ll undergo some tests to ensure you are suitable for our weight loss injections

Please know that Saxenda is a prescription-only medication. So, if you want to lose weight safely and effectively, book your consultation to get started. Let’s help you feel happier, healthier and more confident!

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