Today, we are going to delve into an important topic that concerns many individuals – the side effects of Wegovy. So, let’s explore the side effects that may arise and understand their impact on your health and well-being.
Wegovy, a prescription medication approved by the FDA in June 2021, effectively treats obesity by prescribing higher doses of Semaglutide. Semaglutide, an FDA-approved drug for type 2 diabetes, has successfully aided patients for nearly five years.
Since hitting the market, Wegovy became very popular, very quickly, and there has been an ongoing shortage of the product. The patients who have been fortunate enough to get their hands on the product have shared their stories on several different social media platforms. Some patients tell amazing success stories about significant weight loss results, while others recount the side effects they encountered.
Today we are going to answer some of the most asked questions we get about the Wegovy side effects.
What are the Most Common Side Effects?
Wegovy is a manufactured GLP-1 hormone that mimics the natural hormones that are produced by your digestive system. The purpose of our natural digestive hormones is to break down the food we eat so our bodies can use it for energy.
Our natural hormones break down and dissipate rapidly but the manufactured hormone (Wegovy) takes much longer to break down so it works for a longer time. One of the benefits of this manufactured hormone is it keeps the feeling of satiety (fullness) and patients do not get hungry as often.
Because we are introducing a “foreign” hormone in our system that works with the digestive system, it makes sense that many of the side effects of Wegovy experienced are gastrointestinal.
What is the Most Reported Side Effect of Wegovy?
When taking Wegovy injections, patients commonly experience mild nausea for a day or two afterward, which represents the most frequently reported side effect. Some individuals have also reported experiencing chronic nausea, varying in intensity from mild to severe. However, the reason for this discrepancy in the level of impact remains unidentified. Other commonly reported side effects include:
- Abdominal Discomfort.
- Upset Stomach.
More serious but rare potential side effect information can be reviewed on Wegovy’s® patient website.
Do the Side Effects of Wegovy Go Away?
Many people ask how long the side effects of Wegovy last and the answer varies by individual. Experts do not yet understand why some individuals tolerate the injections well and others do not.
Certain individuals experienced mild side effects on the day they administered their injections, while others encountered side effects during dose increments. Initial medication intake caused temporary side effects lasting a few days for some patients, eventually subsiding. Nevertheless, certain individuals persisted with unceasing side effects from Wegovy, leading them to discontinue the usage of this weight loss drug.
How Many People Have to Quit Taking Wegovy Because of Problems?
Approximately 7% of patients had to discontinue Wegovy during the clinical trials due to their experience with side effects.
Out of 2,116 patients, 1.8% discontinued use for nausea, 1.2% for vomiting, and 0.7% for diarrhea.
Is Hair Loss a Side Effect of Wegovy?
The Wegovy website does not officially address the problem of hair loss. However, according to a pdf chart of side effects from the 68-week clinical trial, approximately 3% of the participants (63 out of 2,116) experienced hair loss. Additionally, numerous individuals sharing their experiences on internet platforms have reported hair loss as one of the side effects of Wegovy.
Are there any Known Problems with Alcohol?
There have been no direct interactions reported between Wegovy and drinking alcohol. However, the consumption of alcohol can interfere with blood sugar levels. Patients should discuss the possibility of potential issues with their doctor.
Contact IBI Healthcare Institute today to discover how Wegovy can assist in your weight loss journey. Incorporate Wegovy into your comprehensive weight loss program or combine it with a non-surgical weight loss procedure for optimal results.
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