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Wegovy is a weight loss injection you take once a week. It makes reaching a lower BMI easier by helping you control your appetite.
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Wegovy is a treatment for weight loss that comes as an injectable pen. You only have to use it once a week to help lower your appetite, leaving you free to spend the rest of the week however you want to.
Wegovy pens are designed for people with a BMI over 30. It can also be used by people with a BMI over 27 who have weight-related health issues, like hypertension, sleep apnea or type-2 diabetes.
There are five different doses of Wegovy pen. You’ll start on the lowest and take this for the first month, before moving to the next dose after four weeks. By month 5, you’ll be on the maintenance dose that you use for the rest of the course.
The active ingredient in Wegovy is semaglutide. Semaglutide helps reduce your hunger cues by binding to the GLP-1 receptors in the pancreas and the brain. GLP-1 is released from your stomach when you eat. It acts as a signal, telling your brain that you’re full and controlling your blood sugar function.
Studies suggest that GLP-1 might not always work as well as it should do in obese and overweight people. This can mean the stomach empties more quickly and your hunger signals come back sooner after eating. So by working like GLP-1, Wegovy improves your blood sugar control and makes your stomach empty more slowly. By changing the way this hormone works, it can lead to fewer hunger spikes.
You inject one dose of Wegovy once a week. The Wegovy pens come in five strengths: 0.25mg, 0.5mg, 1mg, 1.7mg and 2.4mg. You start on the lowest dose and slowly increase your dose each four weeks until you reach the maintenance dose of 2.4mg. Each dose comes pre-filled in one pen.
The pens are color-coded based on the dose amount, so using the right one is easy. You’ll start on an aqua-coloured 0.25mg pen for the first four weeks, then your dose will rise to a pink 0.5mg dose. After another four weeks you’ll go onto the brown 1mg pen, then the blue 1.7mg pen a month after that. Finally, after another four weeks you’ll reach the 2.4mg black pen, which is your maintenance dose.
If you ever want to slow down this schedule, just chat to your clinician. You can set the pace that’s right for you. Some people need a little while longer to get used to the 1.7mg dose before they move onto the maintenance dose.
Using Wegovy is simple. It comes as pre-filled pens you inject just under your skin. Always follow your clinician’s advice on how to inject it.
Wegovy starts working in your body immediately. You’ll need to work your way up to the maintenance dose before you start seeing the full effectiveness of Wegovy in reducing your hunger, but you should see some difference from the first month of use.
When you use Wegovy, you’ll need to eat healthily, and make sure you have a calorie deficit. Luckily, Wegovy helps you achieve this. It’s an effective weight loss treatment and it’s safe to use long-term. So you can stay on Wegovy until you’re at a healthy BMI, or until you’re happy with your weight loss.
If you don’t hear a first click while giving your injection, or the yellow bar doesn’t start moving, press the pen more firmly against your skin. Creating a smooth, firm area for injection by spreading your skin between your fingers might help.
If you forget to use Wegovy on your scheduled day, inject yourself as soon as you remember if your next dose is more than 48 hours away. Then just keep taking your injections as normal. If it’s less than 48 hours until your next injection, just wait for that one.
If you skip more than one dose of Wegovy, you can carry on with your dosing as normal. If you have a sensitive stomach, you may want to start from a lower dose again before raising it, to reduce the chance of side effects.
If you inject too much Wegovy, you should talk to your doctor. Using too much can make you feel nauseous, vomit or hypoglycemic. Seek medical attention if you have any side effects that concern you.
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