Tampa Bay Doctor Talks About Ozempic For Weight Loss
Ozempic was developed as a diabetes drug, but someone along the way discovered that it can also help users lose weight. Now, the massive increase in use has created a shortage of the drug in the U.S. Is Ozempic safe? Will it work for you? A doctor in Lakeland tells us all about it.
Back when the Food and Drug Administration approved Ozempic for the treatment of diabetes, weight loss was not even mentioned or considered in its use. Since then, demand for the drug has gone through the roof, after doctors credited it for helping users lose weight, up to 15% of total body weight on average. While some patients reported significant weight loss, others reported less. Due to the massive nationwide response, availability of the drug is now being stretched to its limits. Pharmacies and doctors are having a hard time keeping Ozempic on hand.
Dr. Lillian Chiques of the Watson Clinic in Lakeland told a reporter from WFLA that demand has increased substantially recently, saying patients are wanting to use the drug for weight loss instead of diabetes treatment. While the drug was designed to help patients control type 2 diabetes, the weight loss aspect cannot be ignored. There is a downside, however. Patients who need the drug for its intended purpsoe have had a hard time getting it. When that happens, patients are forced to take a similar medication instead.
Ozempic has been around since 2017, when it was approved by the FDA to treat diabetes and reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease. It has not been approved for weight management. The manufacturer stresses that the drug is not intended for weight loss, even though doctors are prescribing itm to do so. If you are interested in Ozempic (semaglutide), you should consult your doctor. Source: WFLA.com
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