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Semaglutide Therapy in Sykesville

What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a medication that is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists, which work by mimicking the effects of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 helps regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating the release of insulin, slowing the absorption of glucose from the gut, and reducing the production of glucose in the liver.

Semaglutide is given by injection once a week and is usually used in combination with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It has been shown to be effective in reducing HbA1c levels (a measure of long-term blood sugar control) and promoting weight loss.

In addition to its use in treating type 2 diabetes, semaglutide is also being investigated as a potential treatment for obesity. A higher dose of semaglutide is currently approved for use as a weight loss medication under the brand name Wegovy.


Benefits of Semaglutide Therapy

Semaglutide, under many branded pharmaceutical drug names, is designed to help adults who are overweight or obese who also may have at least one weight-related medical condition, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol.  This medication is known to provide several benefits that can support weight loss.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that people who take semaglutide can achieve significant weight loss compared to those who take a placebo, with an average weight loss of about 15% of their body weight.  This is a substantial amount of weight loss that can significantly improve overall health and well-being.  While results vary, patients may expect weight loss on average 10 lbs./month.  Some patients may lose more.  Typically, the more weight a person has to lose, the faster the weight loss occurs.  Weight loss may plateau if there is only 10 to 20 lbs. of weight to lose.

Another benefit of semaglutide is its potential to improve several health markers, including blood sugar levels.  By helping people lose weight, semaglutide can potentially reduce the risk of developing weight-related medical conditions.

It’s important to note that while semaglutice can provide several benefits, like any medication, there are potential risks and side effects to consider.  The initial consultation is integral to determine if semaglutide is right for you, based on your unique circumstances and medical history.

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How is Semaglutide Administered?

Semaglutide is administered via subcutaneous injection, on a weekly basis.  The site of the injection may be the abdomen or the inner thigh, and after the initial consultation, the appointment to administer the weekly injection is about 15 minutes.

Our semaglutide is compounded with b12 to assist with some reported side effects such as nausea.  These side effects typically subside over time as the body adjusts to the medication.  The injection should be administered at the same time every 7 days, within reason.  If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible unless it’s closer to the time of the next dose, in which case the missed dose should be skipped.


How to Prepare for Semaglutide Injections

If you’re considering semaglutide as a option for weight management, it’s essential to prepare yourself both physically and mentally before starting the medication.  Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Educate yourself about the medication. It’s crucial to understand how semaglutide works, any potential side effects, and any precautions or warnings that you need to be aware of.  You will learn more during your initial consultation
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Although semaglutide can aid in weight loss, it’s vital to make lifestyle changes such as following a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise. We will work with you to help you develop a plan that is tailored to your needs and goals.
  • Plan for potential side effects.  While taking semaglutide, you may experience side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, or constipation.  Be prepared for these potential side effects by having over-the-counter medications such as anti-nausea medication on hand.  You may want to eat smaller, more frequent meals.  If side effects persist or become severe, immediately contact us.
  • Create a support system.  Losing weight can be challenging, so it’s crucial to have a support system in place. This can include family, friends, and the team at Vitality Aesthetics who can encourage and motivate you throughout your weight loss journey.

By following these tips, you can adequately prepare yourself both physically and mentally for taking semaglutide and increase your chances of success in achieving your weight loss goals.  Remember to always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new medication or making any significant changes to your diet or exercise routine.


What to expect after taking semaglutide?

After taking semaglutide, individuals can expect to see a gradual and sustained weight loss over time.  In clinical trials, participants taking semaglutide lost an average of 15% of their body weight over 68 weeks.  However, the amount of weight loss varies between individuals, and it’s crucial to follow a healthy diet and exercise plan in conjunction with the medication.

There is also a risk of side effects, such as acute gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, and hypoglycemia, although these are rare.  It’s essential to monitor any changes and to seek medical attention if any concerning symptoms arise.

It’s important to note that semaglutide is neither a quick fix nor a miracle cure for obesity.  It’s a medication that can aid in weight loss, but it’s not a substitute for healthy lifestyle changes.  Individuals taking semaglutide should follow a balanced diet and engage in regular exercise.