Medical Weight Loss - Semaglutide Program
Semaglutide is a newly FDA-approved once-weekly injectable weight loss medication.
Semaglutide helps you lose weight by:
Unlike many other weight loss medications, semaglutide can be used for long-term weight management.
We will teach you how to succeed in our program. You can achieve the most significant weight loss benefits by using semaglutide in combination with lifestyle changes - including a healthy diet and exercise - and of course, support from our dedicated medical team.
What is semaglutide, and how does it work?
Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) analog.
Semaglutide originated as a Type 2 diabetes medication. It was initially approved to improve blood sugar control in people with Type 2 diabetes. However, studies showed that people who used this medicine experienced appetite and weight loss. Now, semaglutide is routinely prescribed to people with and without diabetes to help with weight loss.
Semaglutide works in several ways. When blood sugar is high, it stimulates insulin secretion and inhibits glucagon secretion, which helps lower blood sugar. It also slows down how quickly food leaves the stomach (delayed gastric emptying), which is the key to its weight-loss mechanism. This delayed gastric emptying helps reduce hunger and cravings and increase satiety.
What does a semaglutide for weight loss consultation entail?
Our office offers semaglutide injections for men and women. Our physicians will take a detailed medical history. They may also review your notes from your primary healthcare provider and order laboratory tests if necessary. Taking all of the information into consideration, our physicians can then determine if semaglutide is appropriate for you.
If our physicians determine that you are a good fit for semaglutide for weight loss, we will administer your first injection. From there, you can determine whether you prefer administering your weekly injection yourself, or if you would rather receive injections at our clinic.
Who can take semaglutide?
Ideal candidates for this weight management treatment include:
Who should not take semaglutide?
Semaglutide is not appropriate for everyone.
The following individuals should not take semaglutide:
Before you take semaglutide, our doctors will review your medical conditions and your medical and family history to ensure that semaglutide is safe for you.
How is semaglutide injected and what is the dosage?
Semaglutide is a subcutaneous injection, which means that it is injected under the skin. It can be injected under the skin of the stomach, thighs, or upper arms. It is important to rotate the location of your injection with each dose.
The starting dose of semaglutide is generally 0.25 mg once weekly. After a period of 4 weeks, our doctors may gradually increase the dose. The dosage will be individualized based on each patient.
Semaglutide is intended to be used along with other measures, including a healthy diet and exercise. Our registered dieticians can help you create a meal plan that fits your lifestyle and preferences.
What can I expect from semaglutide injections?
You may notice that you feel satisfied with smaller portions of food. Your appetite and cravings will decrease - you will probably think about food much less than usual. You should find that it is easier to stick to a healthy diet.
You should also be familiar with the possible side effects of this medication (see next section).
What are the side effects of semaglutide?
Semaglutide injections are generally well-tolerated, but like any medication, side effects are possible.
Common side effects, which are often mild to moderate and may resolve within several weeks, include:
Rare but serious side effects may include problems with the kidney, gallbladder, or pancreas.
Before taking semaglutide, you can discuss potential side effects with our doctor. While you are on the semaglutide weight loss program, our staff will follow up regularly to see if you are experiencing any side effects.