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Wegovy injections are a highly effective weight loss treatment that are used to help treat obesity in adults to aid their weight loss journey. Wegovy FlexTouch pens contain the active ingredient Semaglutide, which helps to manage weight by mimicking the functions of natural hormones in the body to regulate appetite and lower blood sugar levels. Wegovy weight loss injections works by slowing down digestion, reducing hunger, and helping the pancreas produce more insulin when needed.

- Elon Musk says he used Wegovy, the popular weight-loss drug, to get 'fit, ripped, and healthy' (Insider, 2023)

We also offer the weight loss treatments Mounjaro and Saxenda.

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

  • Suitable for weight management
  • Helps you to feel fuller and less hungry
  • Self-administered injectable weight-loss medication
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Where can I buy Wegovy online?

Buy Wegovy Online

You can purchase Wegovy online from UK Meds which will be delivered directly to your door. Your order will include a free private prescription, on successful review of your online consultation questions by an independent pharmacist prescriber.

Where can I buy Wegovy in the UK?

Buy Wegovy

If you are looking to purchase Wegovy in the United Kingdom, look no further than UK Meds. Wegovy is available to be purchased online from UK Meds pending a successful review of your simple online pharmacy-style consultation questions by an independent pharmacist prescriber.

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

Wegovy Private Prescription UK

Yes, you can get a private Wegovy 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 Wegovy 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 weight loss advice or a sustainable treatment plan.

Can I buy Wegovy online?

Buy Semaglutide

Yes, you can purchase Wegovy (semaglutide) online in the United Kingdom from UK Meds, following a quick online consultation with our independent pharmacist; providing it is approved, your prescription will be issued and your treatment will be dispensed.

Can you buy Wegovy in the UK?

Yes, if you are in the United Kingdom, you can purchase Wegovy online from UK Meds which will be delivered directly to your door. Simply complete our quick online consultation with our independent pharmacist. Providing your consultation is approved, your prescription will be issued and your treatment will be dispensed. 

How much is Wegovy in the UK?

Wegovy UK Price

At UK Meds, you are able to purchase Wegovy from as little as £299.99. You can rest assured that UK Meds will always provide our customers with the best possible price for all of our products.

Please note: stated pricing was correct at the time of writing.

Wegovy London

Yes. You can buy Wegovy online in London at UK Meds. If you're a Londoner based in the UK's capital city and you require the weight loss 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 doctor you can buy Wegovy 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.

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Buy Wegovy London

UK Meds have put together a Google Web Story to help you understand various factors relating to buying the weight loss medication, Wegovy, 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 'Wegovy London: A Guide To Buying Wegovy In The UK's Capital'.

Wegovy Glasgow

Yes. You can buy Wegovy online in Glasgow at UK Meds. If you're a Glaswegian based in the Scottish city and you require the weight loss 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 doctor you can buy Wegovy 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.

Buy Wegovy Glasgow

To help you understand various factors relating to buying the weight loss medication, Wegovy, in the Scottish city, Glasgow, take a look at UK Meds' dedicated guide called 'Wegovy Glasgow: A Guide To Buying Wegovy In Glasgow'.

Wegovy Edinburgh

Yes. You can buy Wegovy online in Edinburgh at UK Meds. If you're a Dunediner / Edinburgher based in the Scottish capital city and you require the weight loss 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 doctor you can buy Wegovy 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.

Buy Wegovy Edinburgh

To help you understand various factors relating to buying the weight loss medication, Wegovy, in the Scottish capital city, Edinburgh, take a look at UK Meds' dedicated guide called 'Wegovy Edinburgh: A Guide To Buying Wegovy In Edinburgh'.

What is Wegovy?

Wegovy Weight Loss Injections

Wegovy is an extremely effective medication that helps to aid weight loss goals and weight management in people who struggle with obesity and conditions that are linked with being overweight. Wegovy helps people to manage weight gain by eating less food and thus reducing their body weight. It is important to note that Wegovy should be used alongside a reduced-calorie diet plan, increased physical activity and behavioural support to maximise its effectiveness in sustained weight loss; clinical trials have demonstrated that patients can lose up to 15% of their body weight after a year of Wegovy treatment (GOV.UK, 2023).

Health and Social Care Secretary, Steve Barclay, has said that obesity costs NHS England around £6.5 billion and is the second highest cause of cancer, tackling the obesity crisis could help reduce the pressure on the NHS and reduce patient waiting times (GOV.UK, 2023). Wegovy is a weight loss treatment that can help obesity patients to effectively manage their weight.

Weight loss injection drugs such as Wegovy (semaglutide injection) and Saxenda (liraglutide injection) have become popular in recent years, with the market for obesity drugs expected to reach over $77 billion by 2030 (Morgan Stanley, 2023).

Type of drugGLP-1 analogue
Health conditions prescribed forWeight Loss
Active IngredientsSemaglutide
Brand namesWegovy
Available strengths0.25mg, 0.5mg, 1mg, 1.7mg, 2.4mg
Available asWeight Loss Injection pen
Possible side effectsHeadache, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, dizziness, tiredness, sore throat, runny nose, bloating, heatburn, burping, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, low blood sugar levels (for type-2 diabetics), stomach flu symptoms
Patient Information LeafletFor more information on the medication please refer to the patient information leaflet for Wegovy.

For more information on the prescription medication patients should refer to the Wegovy patient information leaflet.

Each patient has a unique individual experience when taking Wegovy weight loss injections as a treatment prescribed by their doctor for weight loss.

Wegovy Reviews

There are a large selection of Wegovy 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 will have different experiences when they use Wegovy weight loss injections. 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 Wegovy is the right weight loss medication for you then the best thing to do is to consult your doctor, GP or healthcare provider. They can assess your suitability for the treatment and if it is approved you can judge the medication based on your own experiences. However, Wegovy user experienced should not be understated as they 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 Wegovy. If you are unsure about starting a medication you should always consult with your healthcare provider first.

Wegovy Before and After

Check out some independent Wegovy user experiences below.

The table below explains how different weight loss treatments compare to each other:

 WegovySaxendaOrlistat (Xenical & Alli)
Active IngredientSemaglutide (the same active ingredient as the diabetes medication Ozempic)LiraglutideOrlistat
DosageGradual escalation to a maintenance dose of 2.4 mgGradual escalation to a maintenance dose of 3 mg120 mg - Orlistat & Xenical / 60 mg - Alli
How does it work?Reduces appetiteReduces appetiteReduces the amount of fat absorbed by the body
How is it taken?Pen injection - can be self-administeredPen injection - can be self-administeredOral capsule
When is it taken?Once per weekOnce daily - at the same time each dayUp to 3 times daily - with a meal
How long does it take to work?Appetite should decrease within a few days of starting treatmentAppetite should decrease within a few days of starting treatmentImmediately after taking Wegovy medication
How effective is it?Up to 86.5% effective - achieving a 5% or more weight loss (Singh et al, 2022)Up to 67.5% effective after 12 weeks (Wharton et al, 2020)Up to 60% effective after 12 weeks (Zohrabian, A., 2010)
How long can it be taken?Your doctor will determine the duration of treatment based on successYour doctor will determine the duration of treatment based on successYour doctor will determine the duration of treatment based on success
Is the treatment prescription-only?Yes - it is a prescription medicationYes - it is a prescription medicationOrlistat and Xenical are prescription-only. Alli is available over-the-counter.

How does Wegovy work?

Wegovy is a medication used to help treat obesity and weight-related conditions. It contains the active ingredient Semaglutide, a similar substance to a natural hormone created by the body called glucagon-like peptide-1 (EMA, 2023). This hormone is released from the intestine after you have eaten a meal, helping you to feel fuller and less hungry and can reduce the cravings you may have (Collins et al, 2023). Wegovy does this by acting on receptors in the brain that control appetite (Wilson, C.; 2023). In order to experience the maximum effectiveness of Wegovy it is important to eat a reduced-calorie diet accompanied by regular exercise (Wegovy, 2023).

How effective is Wegovy as a weight loss agent?

Wegovy is a highly effective medication when it is being used as a weight loss treatment to achieve a healthy weight. According to a 2022 study, Wegovy is superior at reducing body weight whilst also being cardioprotective (Singh et al, 2022). Another significant benefit of Wegovy is that it can be used as a long-term treatment for weight management. The same study concluded that Wegovy can help to “expect improvement in patients’ weight loss-related outcomes and quality of life.”

Clinical Trial Results: Wegovy vs Placebo Treatment

Clinical trials have shown that patients achieved 5%-20% or greater weight loss with Wegovy, compared to placebo treatment, in conjunction with increased physical activity and a reduced calorie diet (NovoMEDLINK, 2023). A summary of the results of the clinical trial is highlighted below, showing the percentage of patients who achieved different percentages:

Clinical Trial Results of Wegovy vs placebo treatment - UK Meds

When should you use Wegovy?

It is important to always follow your healthcare provider's instructions when you are using Wegovy. According to the Wegovy® dosing schedule, this medication should be used once a week, and it is highly recommended that you try to use it on the same day each week as this will help you to remember to use your medication. You can use Wegovy at any time during the day and it can also be taken with or without food. If you wish to change your day of injection you can, as long as it has been at least 3 days since your last weight loss injection. After selecting your new day of injection, you should go back to using Wegovy once every 7 days. Prior to starting weight loss treatment with Wegovy injections you should consult your doctor or healthcare provider to ensure that you are using the medication safely and appropriately.

How is Wegovy taken?

Wegovy Injection

Wegovy is a weight loss drug that comes in the form of pre-filled injectable pens that are to be self-administered once a week.

Wegovy® Instructions for Use Leaflet

To use Wegovy properly, it is important to read the official Wegovy® Instructions for Use leaflet provided with the medication in full.

Usually, you need to attach a needle that is provided with the medication and then dial in the dose that you require. After checking that the dosage is correct, which can vary depending on how long you have been using the medication, you then self-inject the medication into your stomach or thigh. 

Video: How To Take Wegovy: Step-by-Step Instructions

Wegovy have provided a helpful tutorial providing a step-by-step instructions guide on how to use the Wegovy weight loss injection pen which you can watch below:

Where should I inject Wegovy on my body?

Wegovy is typically administered as a subcutaneous injection, which means it is injected into the fatty layer just beneath the skin. The most common areas of injection for Wegovy are under the skin in the upper arms or into the stomach or the thigh (Wegovy, 2023). If you are unsure about where you should inject your medication, refer to the patient information leaflet provided with it, or consult with your healthcare provider for further advice. 

Video: Using the Wegovy Pen

Learn how to use the Wegovy pen properly in the instructional video below. It is important to consult your doctor or healthcare provider before starting treatment.

What is the Wegovy dosage for weight loss?

It is important that you only ever use the dosage of Wegovy that you have been told to use by your healthcare provider. This will ensure that you are remaining safe whilst using the medication. Typically, the dosage for adults and children over the age of 12 years old will vary depending on how long they have been using the medication.

Wegovy Dosage Guide

Image Source: Wegovy

Below is a table that outlines how much Wegovy is typically used:

Weeks

Dose Per Week

Weeks 1-4

0.25mg

Weeks 5-8

0.5mg

Weeks 9-12

1mg

Weeks 13-16

1.7mg

Week 17+

2.4mg

How long does 1 Wegovy pen usually last?

When you buy Wegovy, you may be wondering about how long a single FlexTouch pen will last. Each Wegovy FlexTouch Pen is loaded with four doses. Your Wegovy Flextouch Pen comes with four needles to administer these four doses. For example, if your dose is 0.25 mg, your FlexTouch Pen is preloaded with 1 mg of semaglutide, which is equal to four doses.

Who is Wegovy suitable for?

Wegovy is a suitable weight loss medicine for adults who are in need of medication to help them to lose weight. Wegovy is most typically used by adults who have a weight-related health condition such as hypertension or cardiovascular disease and a body mass index (BMI) of at least 35, or by those who have a BMI of 30 and meet the criteria for specialist weight management service (BNF, 2023). In some cases, Wegovy is used by children over the age of 12 years old who struggle with obesity and/or have an initial BMI at ≥95th percentile for age and sex (NovoMEDLINK, 2023).

You should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider to ensure that Wegovy is a suitable medication for your individual requirements prior to starting treatment.

Who is Wegovy not suitable for?

Wegovy may not be a suitable medication for some people to take. This medication should not be used by anyone who has a BMI below 30 with no weight-related comorbidities, or if they are allergic to any of the ingredients in it. Additionally, Wegovy is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years old. If you are thinking about using Wegovy and are concerned about whether or not it is suitable for you, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor or healthcare provider. They can make in informed decision as to whether Wegovy is an appropriate weight loss treatment for you.

Can you use Wegovy if you are pregnant?

No, this medication should not be used by someone who is pregnant (EMC, 2023). This is because there is limited information to suggest that it does not cause any adverse effects for your baby. If you are trying to become pregnant, it is recommended that you stop using Wegovy at least two months before you begin actively trying to conceive. If you become pregnant, or if you think that you may be pregnant but have yet to do a pregnancy test, it is recommended that you speak to your healthcare provider for further advice as the medication will need to be stopped.

Can you use Wegovy if you are breastfeeding?

No, you should not use Wegovy if you are thinking about breastfeeding at the same time as there is limited information about whether or not the medication passes into breast milk. Studies into semaglutide involving lactating rats have demonstrated that there is a risk of transmission to breastfed babies (Nuako et al, 2023; EMA, 2023). It is important to consult with your healthcare provider before you begin using any new medication whilst breastfeeding to ensure that it is safe for you and your baby. 

Are there interactions between Wegovy and other medications?

Wegovy may interact or interfere with other medications Drugs.com. It is important to let your healthcare provider know about any other medications you are taking, or have taken in the past. Your doctor will be able to provide you with tailored advice that ensures that you remain safe and are getting the best treatment possible. Wegovy may interact with type 2 diabetes medications which can result in a low blood sugar level (Mayo Clinic, 2023).

What are the potential side effects of Wegovy?

As with all other medications, some users may experience side effects when they are using Wegovy (Wegovy, 2023). Side effects of Wegovy vary from common to rare.

Wegovy Side Effects

The most common side effects include:

  • Complications of diabetic eye disease
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Feeling weak or tired

There is a risk of more serious side effects too (Wegovy, 2023). These include:

Serious Side EffectRecommended Actions
Inflammation of the PancreasWegovy® may cause severe, lasting abdominal pain, which could indicate pancreatitis. Stop treatment and seek immediate medical attention.
Gallbladder ProblemsWegovy® may lead to gallbladder problems, potentially requiring surgery. Watch for upper abdominal pain, fever, jaundice, or pale stools.
Increased Risk of Low Blood Sugar (hypoglycemia) in patients with type 2 diabetesThose with type 2 diabetes, especially if using sulfonylureas or insulin, face a higher risk of low blood sugar. Consult your healthcare provider for guidance.
Kidney Problems / Loss of Fluids (Dehydration)For individuals with kidney issues, dehydration from diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting can worsen kidney problems. Stay well-hydrated.
Serious Allergic ReactionsIf you experience facial swelling, breathing difficulties, severe rash, dizziness, or rapid heartbeat, stop Wegovy® immediately and seek medical help.
Change in VisionReport any changes in vision during Wegovy® treatment to your healthcare provider.
Increased Resting Heart RateWegovy® can elevate your resting heart rate. Notify your healthcare provider if you experience prolonged rapid or pounding heartbeats.
Depression or Thoughts of SuicideBe vigilant for sudden mood, behaviour, thought, or feeling changes. Contact your healthcare provider if new or worsening mental changes occur.
Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy ComplicationsAccording to Wang et al (2022), whilst Semaglutide was not associated with an increased risk of diabetic retinopathy (DR), there should still be caution in regards to DR risk when taking semaglutide in older patients or patients with long diabetes duration.

It is important to stress that any potential side effect above and the recommended actions are not a substitute for professional medical advice from your doctor or healthcare professional. Should you experience or have concerns about any side effects of Wegovy (semaglutide) you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Compounded Semaglutide

Whilst compounded Semaglutide (a custom-made medication combining traditional semaglutide with other ingredients and vitamins) can be a cheaper alternative to traditional semaglutide medication such as Wegovy and Ozempic, there are safety concerns associated with compounded Semaglutide due to the increased risk of experiencing adverse effects and the notion that compounded Semaglutide may not be put through the same rigorous testing for safety and efficacy as traditional Semaglutide (Patel, R.; 2023). Always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider prior to starting any form of treatment to ensure it's safety for your individual needs.

What warnings should you pay attention to with Wegovy?

To understand all of the warnings associated with Wegovy it is important that you read the patient information leaflet that is provided with your medication. This will give you all you need to know about the medication and the precautions you need to take when using it (NovoMEDLINK, 2023). 

What alternative weight loss medications are there?

At UK Meds, we provide a variety of different weight loss medications that could prove to be viable alternatives to Wegovy. Our range of weight loss medications include:

Regardless of the weight loss medication that you are considering, you should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider prior to starting any treatment to ensure that the medication is suitable to your individual needs.

What is the difference between Wegovy and Saxenda?

Wegovy vs Saxenda

Saxenda is a very well-known, popular weight loss medication. Saxenda and Wegovy are different as they contain different active ingredients. Wegovy contains Semaglutide, whereas Saxenda contains Liraglutide (Drugs.com, 2023). Another one of the main differences is that Saxenda is used once a day, whereas Wegovy is used once a week.

What is the difference between Wegovy and Ozempic?

Wegovy vs Ozempic

You may have also heard of the Ozempic pen. An Ozempic injection and a Wegovy injection contain the same active ingredient, Semaglutide. Both pens are forms of injectable semaglutide, however, they are used to treat different conditions (Drugs.com, 2023). The Ozempic pen is used to help treat blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, whereas Wegovy is used to help people lose weight and manage their weight. If someone refers to Ozempic semaglutide or Wegovy semaglutide, essentially the active ingredient is the same, although the health condition they are prescribed for is different; where Ozempic semaglutide is licenced to treat type 2 diabetics and Wegovy semaglutide is licenced to treat weight loss in obese patients.

Ozempic may cause weight loss as a common side effect and in this way is similar to Mounjaro (tirzepatide), another type 2 diabetes treatment to manage the blood glucose level, manufactured by Eli Lilly.

Does Wegovy require a prescription?

Yes, in order to purchase and use Wegovy you will need to have a valid prescription that has been given to you by a registered healthcare provider (GOV.UK, 2023). This will ensure that you are getting the medication you need and remaining safe whilst doing so. Requiring a Wegovy prescription also ensures that all factors have been considered including your body mass index and medical history. 

Wegovy FAQs

Below are the answers to some of the most common questions that UK Meds customers ask us about the weight loss medication Wegovy (Semaglutide).

What is the release date for Wegovy in the UK?

Wegovy UK Release Date

In the United Kingdom, Wegovy launched on 4th September 2023. It is available on NHS prescriptions as a weight management treatment on the NHS (in line with NICE guidance), in combination with increased physical activity and a reduced-calorie diet (GOV.UK, 2023). You can now purchase Wegovy online in the United Kingdom from UK Meds.

The launch of Wegovy in the UK has had widespread media coverage:

Is Wegovy available in the UK now?

Wegovy UK

Yes. As covered in Diabetes UK, Wegovy is now available in the UK as of 4th September 2023, for weight loss patients (Twenefour, D.; 2023).

Can I get Wegovy on the NHS?

Wegovy NHS

Also on September the 4th 2023, Novo Nordisk, the company that produces Wegovy, announced that they would be giving a limited supply of medication to the NHS that is available to people who receive specialist NHS weight management services who suit certain criteria outlined by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (GOV.UK,2023).

When will Wegovy be available on the NHS?

As mentioned, some people that meet certain criteria for Wegovy were able to get it from the NHS after the 4th of September 2023. However, Novo Nordisk (the company that produces Wegovy) have only provided NHS England with a limited number of Wegovy pens (Twenefour, D.; 2023).

Is Wegovy the same as Ozempic?

No, Wegovy and Ozempic are not the same, but they are closely related. Both the Wegovy pen and Ozempic pen contain semaglutide as their active ingredient. However, they are approved for different uses and are administered at different doses (Twenefour, D.; 2023). Ozempic is an injectable medication primarily approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is administered once a week to help regulate blood sugar levels (blood glucose) in conjunction with diet and exercise. Wegovy is approved for chronic weight management in adults who are either obese or overweight with at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. Both Ozempic and Wegovy are produced by manufacturer Novo Nordisk.

When is Wegovy coming to the UK?

Whilst the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) noted their concern that type 2 diabetes patients were experiencing problems accessing GLP-1 Ras in July 2023 due to the global shortage of semglutide (The Pharmacist, 2023), Wegovy is currently available in the United Kingdom, and has been since early September 2023 (Reuters, 2023). If you are looking to purchase Wegovy online in the United Kingdom then you can do so from UK Meds. 

Who makes Wegovy?

Wegovy is manufactured by Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company with a strong reputation in diabetes care and other therapeutic areas. They are based in Denmark but have operations and products available in many countries, including the UK. Novo Nordisk also produce other medications including Ozempic and Saxenda

Is Wegovy a GLP-1?

Yes, Wegovy contains the active ingredient semaglutide, which is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist (Wegovy, 2023). A GLP 1 agonist is a medication that mimics the function of the natural GLP-1 hormone in the body. They work by stimulating the pancreas to release insulin when blood sugar levels are high. This insulin secretion suppresses the release of glucagon (a hormone that raises blood sugar levels), and by slowing down gastric emptying. This helps regulate blood sugar levels and, in the case of medications like Wegovy, aids in weight management by reducing appetite and food intake. Wegovy reportedly helps to fight insulin resistance and weight loss (Diabetes Strong, 2023).

Is Wegovy and semaglutide the same thing?

Yes and no. Semaglutide is the active ingredient, a GLP 1 receptor agonist, used in certain medications to regulate blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and, in higher doses, for weight management (Diabetes.co.uk, 2022). Wegovy is a brand name for a specific formulation of semaglutide that is approved for chronic weight management in adults. It contains semaglutide as its active ingredient. 

Is Wegovy the same as Saxenda?

No, Wegovy and Saxenda are not the same, but they are both used for weight management and belong to the same class of medications. Wegovy contains the active ingredient semaglutide. It's a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist approved for chronic weight management in adults. Saxenda contains the active ingredient liraglutide, which is also a GLP 1 receptor agonist. Saxenda is similarly approved for weight management in adults. Both Saxenda and Wegovy are produced by manufacturer Novo Nordisk.

Can you take Wegovy if you have high blood pressure?

Wegovy is primarily approved for weight management in adults, including those with weight-related conditions such as high blood pressure (hypertension). GLP-1 agonists, like Wegovy, may have beneficial effects on blood pressure; though the effect of GLP 1 medication semaglutide in obese patients and patients with hypertension (high blood pressure) is undetermined as yet (Kennedy et al, 2023). Patients taking Wegovy might experience a reduction in blood pressure, but it's essential to monitor it regularly.

How quickly do you lose weight with Wegovy?

In a clinical trial, participants taking Wegovy, in conjunction with a lifestyle change such as a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity, lost significantly more weight than those taking a placebo. On average, people lost around 15% to 20% of their baseline body weight over a 68-week period. Some people experienced more significant weight loss, while others lost less. For reviews from real Wegovy users about their experiences with weight loss and the medication, check out drugs.com.

Semaglutide, the active ingredient in Wegovy injections, has been found to improve heart failure symptoms after a year of treatment (Kosiborod et al, 2023). However, it's important to note that Wegovy is a medication licenced for weight loss. You should always speak to a doctor or pharmacist prior to starting treatment with any medication to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for your individual needs.

Studies into the impact of semaglutide (the active ingredient in Wegovy) and GLP1-receptor analogues on sexual health have mixed findings. According to Cauwenberghe et al (2022) GLP1-receptor analogues can have a beneficial impact on testosterone levels in obese men with low testosterone levels (with or without type 2 diabetes). However, Allo Health (2023) cite that another study found that there was an association with decreased total and free testosterone levels in men with obesity using GLP-1 receptor agonists (GLP 1 RA). Similarly, another study into the effects of GLP-1 agonists on the metabolic syndrome in women with polycystic ovaries found that a limited number of women with PCOS, serum testosterone significantly decreased after 3 months of treatment with GLP-1 receptor agonists, in addition to significant decreases in BMI (Niafar et al, 2015). If you're concerned about how Wegovy could impact your sexual health or sexual function, you should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider prior to starting treatment. They will ensure that the medication is suitable for your individual needs.

Is there a link between Wegovy and erectile dysfunction?

Studies exploring the link between erectile dysfunction and the use of Semaglutide (the active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy) in non-diabetic men found that there was an increased risk of experiencing health conditions such as erectile dysfunction and hypogonadism, though the rate of incidence was low (Kahl, K; 2023).

Is there a link between Wegovy and hair loss?

As reported by Drugs.com (2023), hair loss (alopecia) was reported in 3% of adults using Wegovy compared to 1% of participants taking a placebo treatment. Similarly, hair loss was reported in 4% of children under the age of 12 years old taking Wegovy compared to 0% hair loss for child participants taking the placebo treatment.

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