Ozempic (Semaglutide)

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Ozempic is a medication that is injected by those suffering from type two diabetes to help lower their high blood sugar levels. Ozempic pens help diabetes patients to manage diabetes. The medication is most effective when it is taken alongside a healthy exercise routine and diet. An Ozempic semaglutide injection can also lower the risk of cardiovascular conditions including heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

As Ozempic is required to be kept chilled, your order will be sent with ice packs and a temperature controlled pouch. The delivery must be accepted on the first delivery attempt. UK Meds are not liable for any deliveries missed or address errors.

Wegovy is a licensed weight loss treatment with the same active ingredient as Ozempic (Semaglutide).

  • Injectable diabetes management medication
  • Not licensed for weight loss in the UK
  • Lowers the risk of cardiovascular conditions
  • Helps to reduce blood sugar
  • May be shipped from an EU pharmacy
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Type of drugGLP-1 analogue / incretin mimetic
Health conditions prescribed forType-2 Diabetes
Active IngredientsSemaglutide
Brand namesOzempic
Available strengths0.25mg, 0.5mg, 1mg, 2mg
Available asInjection pen
Possible side effectsVomiting, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, tiredness, indigestion, stomach pain, reduced appetite, tiredness, dizziness, a low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) when used with insulin
Patient Information LeafletFor more information on the medication please refer to the patient information leaflet for Ozempic.

Ozempic - Key information

Ozempic Injection

Ozempic is an injectable medication used to help normalise blood sugar levels in people that have type two diabetes (IQWiG, 2019).

Ozempic Diabetes UK

This medication is ideal for helping people to get their blood sugar levels under control. Ozempic can also help people to manage diabetes when it is used it in conjunction with a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine (Wilding et al, 2021). It is worth noting that Semaglutide is not an insulin and is not recommended for patients suffering from type 1 diabetes mellitus or for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis (EMC, 2023)

Video: A Guide to Ozempic

UK Meds have created a video guide to explain what Ozempic is. Watch it below:

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Video - Comparing Semaglutide Treatments: Ozempic vs Wegovy

In the video below Dr Khalid Zalmay (GMC number: 7136533), explains the difference between two branded forms of Semaglutide, Ozempic (licenced for type-2 diabetes treatment) and Wegovy (licenced for weight loss):

Google Web Story: A Guide To Ozempic

UK Meds have put together a Google Web Story to help you understand all the key information about the diabetes injection pen, Ozempic.

Ozempic Pen for Diabetes

Ozempic (Semaglutide) is a medication that helps people suffering from type two diabetes to keep their blood sugar levels good with a once-a-day injection. Ozempic is a GLP-1 RA, which is short for glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (Vilsbøll et al, 2023). Ozempic is NOT insulin. GLP-1 is a hormone that is released by the body after you have eaten. By using Ozempic your body will receive a simulation of this hormone (incretins) and will then work to reduce blood sugar (Diabetes UK, 2023). Using Ozempic can help to prevent cardiovascular conditions such as strokes, heart disease and heart attacks (Husain et al, 2020).

How long does Ozempic take to work?

Typically, many people notice lower blood sugar levels within the first week of using Ozempic, but it can take 8 weeks or more to see the full effects. Each individual will experience how long the medication takes to work differently.

How effective is Ozempic?

Research shows that semaglutide is effective at lowering blood glucose levels. In clinical trials, injected semaglutide reduced HbA1c levels by 1.01% and 1.38%, proving to be more effective than other anti-diabetic medications (Andreadis et al, 2018).

Each diabetic patient has a unique individual experience when taking Ozempic injections as a treatment prescribed by their doctor for Type-2 Diabetes.

Ozempic Reviews

There are a large selection of Ozempic reviews describing what people think about their experiences with the medication available at Drugs.com and Web MD.

It is important to note that people may have different experiences when they use Ozempic. If someone states that their medication did not work as they had hoped, it does not mean that it will not work for you. If you believe that Ozempic is the right medication for you then the best thing to do is to consult your doctor or healthcare professional, and judge the medication based on your own experiences if they recommend it as a treatment. The importance of user reviews should not be understated. Reading reviews and patient experiences can provide you with important advice and information that you may not have known, and can inform you on whether or not to start using Ozempic. Before starting a medication you should always consult with your healthcare provider first to ensure that it is safe and suitable for your individual needs.

Check out some independent Ozempic user reviews and Ozempic user experiences below:

Ozempic Mumsnet

Many diabetes patients have also shared their experiences of using Ozempic as a treatment on the online community, Mumsnet; below we've shared a selection of these Ozempic reviews below:

It's important to remember that everyone's experience with the medication will be unique and that you should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider prior to starting any new treatment to ensure that it is safe and suitable for your needs.

For more information on the prescription medication patients should refer to the Ozempic 0.25mg, 0.5mg and 1mg patient information leaflets.

Ozempic for Weight Loss

Please be aware that these patient information leaflets are intended for patients who use Ozempic as a treatment for type 2 diabetes and may not be appropriate as guidance for anyone using Ozempic for weight loss as a private treatment as the dosage could differ (GOV.UK, 2023). The active ingredient in Ozempic, Semaglutide, can be prescribed as a weight loss medication but this form of Semaglutide is branded as Wegovy.

Dosage

What is the recommended dose?

The starting dose for Ozempic is 0.25 mg once a week, usually taken for 4 weeks. After that, your doctor will increase your dose to 0.5 mg once a week.

If your blood sugar levels are still not under control after another 4 weeks, your doctor may prescribe 1 mg once a week. If there is no improvement after an additional 4 weeks, your dose can be increased to 2 mg per week, which is the maximum dose available.

Important: Only change your dose if advised by your doctor.

Do I have to start at the lowest strength?

Yes. Patients new to Ozempic should start on a low dose to allow their body to adjust to the medicine. Ozempic can cause nausea and vomiting, and increasing the dose too quickly can raise the likelihood of these side effects.

Below is a guide to what the typical dosage for various strengths of Ozempic are. Please note that your doctor or healthcare professional can advise you on which dosage of Ozempic is suitable for your individual requirements and should always be consulted prior to starting a lower dose or higher dose.

Ozempic Dosage Guide

Ozempic 0.25mg to 0.5mg DosesOzempic 1mg to 2mg Doses
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Ozempic Dispensing: Quick Reference Guide

UK Meds have created a quick reference guide for Ozempic dispensing. You can review it below:

Ozempic dispensing quick reference guide - including dosage instructions

Ozempic (2024), advise that following a missed dose of Ozempic, a patient should take the missed dose as soon as possible within 5 days. If it has been more than 5 days since the missed dose they should skip the missed dose, taking the next dose on the regularly scheduled day.

How long does an Ozempic pen last?

An Ozempic pen should be discarded after 56 days, even if it still contains medicine. Dispose of it in your sharps bin and mark the disposal date on your calendar.

Usage Advice

Ozempic Pen

Ozempic is a medication that is easy to use. For full in-depth instructions, you can refer to the Patient Information Leaflet that is provided with your medication. Prior to purchasing, here are our step-by-step instructions.

Step 1 -

You first need to attach a new needle and check your pen. You will need to make sure your pen contains clear and colourless Ozempic. If it does, you should then screw on a new needle and pull off both needle caps.

Step 2 - 

Now, you should check the flow of your pen. Every new Ozempic pen will need the flow of medication checking. To do this you need to turn the dose selector to select the flow check symbol which you can check in the patient information leaflet. Then, press and hold the dose button and repeat until a drop of medication appears.

Step 3 - 

You will then need to select your dosage. To do this, you need to turn the dose selector until the counter shows your dose. Select the dose you have been told to take. Dosages range from 0.25 mg to 1.0 mg.

Step 4 - 

You can now inject your dose. To do this, insert the needle into the arm, stomach, thighs, or hips. Then, press and hold down the dose button. After the dose counter reaches 0, hold for at least six seconds to make sure you receive the full dose.

Step 5 - 

After six seconds you can then remove the needle. Replace the outer needle as well. Carefully remove and dispose of the needle into a sharps bin. Then, put the pen cap back on.

how to use ozempic diabetes injection pen

The video below provides a simple set of instructions for how to use an Ozempic pen:

Where can I inject Ozempic?

Ozempic can be injected under the skin of your upper arm, stomach, or thigh. Avoid using the same injection site each time.

Much like other injectable medications, Ozempic should be stored at a certain temperature. To correctly store your Ozempic keep it in the fridge between 2℃ and 8℃ (novoMEDLINK, 2023). Once you have opened your medication it can be stored for up to six weeks at the temperatures referenced (Novo Nordisk). Never store Ozempic with the needle still on.

Warnings

Who can use Ozempic?

Ozempic is recommended for adults with type 2 diabetes that cannot be controlled by other medications. For example:

  • When metformin is not suitable due to intolerance or contraindications
  • In addition to other diabetes medicines

Ozempic should be used alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise. Do not use Ozempic if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, including semaglutide, or if you have type 1 diabetes.

Is Ozempic safe?

Ozempic is considered safe for treating type 2 diabetes, but only under your doctor's supervision.

Precautions

What precautions should I take before starting treatment?

To ensure proper use and suitability of this medication, follow all the precautionary measures below and consult your doctor with any questions before starting treatment:

  • Before taking this medication, ensure you are not allergic or intolerant to Semaglutide or any other ingredient in this medication.
  • Inform your doctor about any prescription or non-prescription medications you are using.
  • If you have or have ever had pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), diabetic retinopathy, or any kidney disease, make sure your doctor knows about it.
  • If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, tell your doctor before using this medication. If planning a pregnancy, your doctor will likely advise you to stop this drug two months before becoming pregnant.
  • If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If more than five days have passed, skip the missed dose and take the next one as scheduled.
  • Before using the Ozempic pen, ensure the liquid in the pen is clear. Do not use the pen if the liquid is coloured, cloudy, thickened, or contains particles.

Side Effects

Prescription-only medications can come with some side effects that some people may experience. This is the case with Ozempic (Stewart & Jarvis, 2021). There are more common side effects, as well as some rarer side effects.

The side effects listed below are from the Ozempic patient information leaflet, which is intended for people taking Ozempic for type 2 diabetes treatment. This information may not be accurate for those using Ozempic for weight loss through a private clinic, as the doses may differ.

Common Side Effects:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Low blood sugar
  • Vomiting

Less Common Side Effects:

  • Anaphylactic reactions
  • Increased heart rate

It's important to consult your doctor, GP or healthcare professionals if you experience any side effects whilst using Ozempic (semaglutide). They will be able to explain the potential side effects prior to starting treatment.

Interactions

Can Ozempic (semaglutide) interact with other medications?

Semaglutide slows down gastric emptying, which can affect the absorption of oral medications. Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal remedies. Also, let your doctor know if you are taking:

  • Warfarin or other blood clotting medications
  • Insulin

Interactions with food/drinks: If you have diabetes, limit your alcohol intake as it can impact your glucose control.

Ozempic FAQs

Is Wegovy the same as Ozempic?

Wegovy is manufactured by Novo Nordisk Inc., the same company that makes Ozempic, and both contain the active ingredient semaglutide.

Wegovy is specifically designed for weight loss and has been approved and licensed for this purpose.

For more information on each medication, you can read our Beginner's Guide To Ozempic for Diabetes and our Beginner's Guide to Wegovy for Weight Loss.

Is Ozempic available as a tablet?

Although Ozempic isn’t available as a tablet, its active ingredient, semaglutide, is. It’s available for treating type 2 diabetes under the brand name Rybelsus. Rybelsus tablets are typically taken once per day, at least 2 hours after eating. It works the same way as an Ozempic injection and has the same effects.

What is the difference between Ozempic and Rybelsus?

Ozempic and Rybelsus are both made by Novo Nordisk and contain the same active ingredient, semaglutide. They are primarily designed to treat type 2 diabetes. Ozempic is available as a self-injection pen, while Rybelsus comes in tablet form.

Ozempic is a licensed medication for use in the UK. It is important to note that it has only been approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (GOV.UK, 2023). It is not currently licensed as a weight-loss medication. Some private weight loss clinics may prescribe this medication for weight loss. This is legal and known as 'off-label' prescribing. This term is used to describe when a medication is prescribed outside the scope of its licence. Wegovy is another branded form of Semaglutide and this version of Wegovy is licenced for weight loss treatment.

Ozempic is licensed in the UK as a treatment for type 2 diabetes and type 2 diabetes alone. It is meant to be used to control blood glucose levels, reducing the risk of diabetes-based complications. There is, however, evidence that it’s active ingredient, Semaglutide, can be used as a weight-loss treatment in various clinical trials and studies such as Ghusn et al (2022) and a clinical trial by Wilding et al (2021). Some private weight-loss clinics even prescribe Ozempic for weight loss to patients in the UK to help them achieve a healthy weight. This is known as off-label prescribing. Semaglutide is also available as the brand name, Wegovy, which is a medication licenced for weight loss.

It is important to note that Ozempic is not licensed for weight loss in the UK. Ozempic contains the active ingredient semaglutide. Semaglutide is very similar to a hormone produced naturally by the body called GLP-1. GLP-1 has an important role in controlling appetite. Ozempic helps to regulate appetite and make you feel less hungry by mimicking this hormone. This could lead to people eating less and ultimately losing weight, although this is not the primary aim of this treatment. However, Wegovy is an alternative branded form of Semaglutide which is licenced for weight loss.

A common side effect of Ozempic is a reduced appetite (Friedrichsen et al, 2020). Weight loss is also a side effect of Ozempic. This may be why some healthcare providers prescribe Ozempic for weight loss outside of the UK. Other medicines that help people to lose weight include Wegovy and the Saxenda injection. These are licensed weight-loss treatments and help to control appetite and lead to weight loss.

Even though Ozempic isn't licensed for weight loss, there are other weight loss medications which have been licensed in the UK including Wegovy, the branded form of Semaglutide which is licenced as a treatment for losing weight. Another popular alternative is the Saxenda pen, which contains a similar active ingredient known as Liraglutide. Saxenda works in a similar way to help people lose weight and has been approved by regulators as an effective weight-loss medication. Saxenda is available to purchase online from UK Meds

Ozempic NHS

Ozempic is available on the NHS, but only as a treatment for type 2 diabetes (Diabetes UK, 2023). Ozempic is not currently prescribed by the NHS to help people lose weight. Wegovy, is the alternative branded form of Semaglutide that is licenced as a weight loss medicine.

Research studies have demonstrated that Ozempic has the potential to cause vision changes including worsening of diabetic retinopathy, macular complications & blurred vision (American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2023).

Yes. According to Healthline (2023), research studies conducted by the American Heart Association, have indicated that Semaglutide (the active ingredient in Ozempic injections and Wegovy), can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients treated with the GLP-1 drug.

Yes. Various clinical trials assessing Semaglutide have demonstrated significant reductions in blood pressure in patient's suffering from high blood pressure and people with normal blood pressure levels, highlighting that there is a greater chance that Semaglutide could lower blood pressure rather than increase it (Pope, C.; 2023).

Yes. NHS England and the Department for Health and Social Care have issued a National Patient Safety Alert, to address supply issues with GLP-1 RA medication, confirming that there is currently a shortage of Semaglutide (the active ingredient in Ozempic) in the UK (Diabetes UK, 2024). You can find out more about the current Ozempic shortage on UK Meds dedicated blog that investigates the supply shortage in detail.

Yes, before using Ozempic for the first time (until it's expiration date) you should keep it stored in the fridge at a temperature of 2°C to 8°C. After using it for the first time (& up to 56 days after this), ensure that it is stored at a room temperature of 15°C to 30°C or again kept in the fridge at a temperature of 2°C to 8°C (NovoMEDLINK, 2024).

Following a review spanning a number of months, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have stated that there is no evidence that GLP-1 drugs such as Ozempic (semagludtide) are linked to thyroid cancer (Reuters, 2023). According to Ozempic manufacturer, Novo Nordisk (2024), they urge caution, suggesting that there could be a potential for possible thyroid tumors, including cancer but is it not known for sure; they encourage Ozempic patients to tell their doctor or healthcare provider if they experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, trouble swallowing, lumps and/or swelling in the neck or hoarseness of the throat as soon as possible.

'Ozempic face' refers to a common side effect of Ozempic where it causes sagging and aging of facial skin (Healthline, 2023).

Video: A Doctor Explains 'Ozempic Face'

Dr Khalid Zalmay (GMC number: 7136533) provides an explanation of 'Ozempic face' including the symptoms to look out for in the video below:

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Buying Ozempic Online in the UK

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You can safely make your purchase of Ozempic online from UK Meds, as long as you have a prescription. To get an Ozempic prescription you will need to complete an online consultation with a GMC registered doctor. If this consultation is approved you will be able to purchase your medication with us online.

Buy Ozempic UK

Yes you can buy Ozempic in the UK providing that you have a valid prescription. Ozempic is a fully approved and licensed medicine to treat type 2 diabetes in the UK (GOV.UK, 2023). It is important to note that it is not licenced as a treatment for weight loss or weight management in the United Kingdom (GOV.UK, 2023). You may notice that certain private weight loss clinics prescribe it legally, but this is classed as 'off-label' and the UK Government has urged them to stop prescribing antidiabetes drugs for weight loss purposes following the recent shortages (BMJ, 2023). You should always speak to your doctor prior to starting treatment of Ozempic. Wegovy is an alternative branded form of Semaglutide which is licenced for weight loss in the United Kingdom.

Buy Ozempic Online UK

If you want to buy Ozempic online in the UK, you can do so at UK Meds. Pending a successful review of your details from an online consultation by an independent pharmacist prescriber you can purchase the diabetes injection pen from UK Meds. Please always consult your doctor or healthcare professional prior to starting treatment with Ozempic to ensure that it is suitable to your individual requirements. If you require a weight loss injection, please refer to the Wegovy pen, which is a licensed treatment for significant weight loss to manage body weight for patients suffering from obesity.

 

Can you buy Ozempic over the counter?

Ozempic is not available over the counter; it is a prescription-only medicine (POM).

Can I get a private prescription for Ozempic in the UK?

Ozempic Private Prescription UK

Yes, you can get a private Ozempic prescription online in the United Kingdom (GOV.UK, 2023) at UK Meds. The process is simple, complete a quick online consultation. An independent pharmacist will review your answers and approve your private prescription if it is successful. Once you have your private prescription you can continue to purchase Ozempic at UK Meds. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare professional prior to starting any new treatment to ensure that it is suitable for your individual needs and for any diabetes management advice or a sustainable treatment plan.

Ozempic London

Yes. You can buy Ozempic online in London at UK Meds. If you're a Londoner based in the UK's capital city and you require the diabetes medication, you can purchase it online provided that you have a valid prescription for it. If you require a prescription, simply complete our quick online consultation. Once it has been reviewed by our independent pharmacist prescriber you can buy Ozempic online in London, from the comfort of your own home, provided that your prescription has been approved. You should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider prior to starting treatment with any medication to ensure that it is safe and suitable for your individual needs.

Google Web Story - Ozempic London: A Guide To Buying Ozempic in the UK's Capital

Buy Ozempic Online London

UK Meds have put together a Google Web Story to help you understand various factors relating to buying the diabetes medication, Ozempic, in the UK's capital city, London which you can explore below and for an even more detailed analysis you can also take a look at our dedicated guide called 'Ozempic London: A Guide To Buying Ozempic In The UK's Capital'.

Ozempic Leeds

Yes. You can buy Ozempic online in Leeds at UK Meds. If you're a 'Loiner' based in the the English city and you require the diabetes medication, you can purchase it online with a valid prescription. If you require a prescription, simply complete our quick online consultation. Once it has been reviewed by our independent pharmacist prescriber you can buy Ozempic online in Leeds, from the comfort of your own home, provided that your prescription has been approved. You should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider prior to starting treatment with any medication to ensure that it is safe and suitable for your individual needs.

For a detailed analysis you can read our dedicated guide called 'Ozempic Leeds: A Guide To Buying Ozempic In Leeds'.

Ozempic Birmingham

Yes. You can buy Ozempic online in Birmingham at UK Meds. If you're a Brummie based in the the English city and you require the diabetes medication, you can purchase it online with a valid prescription. If you require a prescription, simply complete our quick online consultation. Once it has been reviewed by our independent pharmacist prescriber you can buy Ozempic online in Birmingham, from the comfort of your own home, provided that your prescription has been approved. You should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider prior to starting treatment with any medication to ensure that it is safe and suitable for your individual needs.

For a detailed analysis you can read our dedicated guide called 'Ozempic Birmingham: A Guide To Buying Ozempic In Birmingham'.

Ozempic Glasgow

Yes. You can buy Ozempic online in Glasgow at UK Meds. If you're a Glaswegian based in the the Scottish city and you require the diabetes medication, you can purchase it online with a valid prescription. If you require a prescription, simply complete our quick online consultation. Once it has been reviewed by our independent pharmacist prescriber you can buy Ozempic online in Glasgow, from the comfort of your own home, provided that your prescription has been approved. You should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider prior to starting treatment with any medication to ensure that it is safe and suitable for your individual needs.

For a detailed analysis you can read our dedicated guide called 'Ozempic Glasgow: A Guide To Buying Ozempic In Glasgow'.

Ozempic Edinburgh

Yes. You can buy Ozempic online in Edinburgh at UK Meds. If you're based in the Scottish capital city and you require the diabetes medication, you can purchase it online with a valid prescription. If you require a prescription, simply complete our quick online consultation. Once it has been reviewed by our independent pharmacist prescriber you can buy Ozempic online in Edinburgh, from the comfort of your own home, provided that your prescription has been approved. You should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider prior to starting treatment with any medication to ensure that it is safe and suitable for your individual needs.

For a detailed analysis you can read our dedicated guide called 'Ozempic Edinburgh: A Guide To Buying Ozempic In Edinburgh'.

Quick Meds Ozempic

At the time of writing, Ozempic is not available at Quick Meds. However, should you wish to purchase it, you can do so at UK Meds.

Ozempic Asda

At the time of writing, Ozempic is not available at Asda. However, should you wish to purchase it, you can do so at UK Meds and benefit from great savings!

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