The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug to treat chronic weight management. This is the first such approval since 2014. The new drug, semaglutide injection, is a once-weekly injectable medication that helps people lose weight and keep it off.
Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. GLP-1 is a hormone that is released when we eat food. It helps to control our appetite by making us feel full. Semaglutide works by mimicking the effects of GLP-1, which leads to weight loss.
The approval of semaglutide injection was based on data from four clinical trials involving more than 4,500 participants. The trials showed that semaglutide helped people lose 5% or more of their body weight after one year of treatment. Semaglutide was also associated with improvements in blood sugar control and cholesterol levels.
Common side effects of semaglutide include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, low blood sugar, and injection site reactions. Semaglutide should not be used by people with a history of pancreatitis or certain other medical conditions.
The FDA’s approval of semaglutide injection provides an important new treatment option for people with chronic weight management issues. If you are considering this medication, talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you.