Ozempic, also known as semaglutide, is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. However, it has also been found to be effective in helping people lose weight. In fact, studies have shown that people taking Ozempic can lose an average of 7% to 10% of their body weight.
While Ozempic can be an effective tool for weight loss, it can also cause some side effects. Here, we will discuss the most common side effects of Ozempic when trying to lose weight.
- Nausea: Nausea is one of the most common side effects of Ozempic. It is usually mild and goes away within a few days of starting the medication. However, if the nausea is severe or persists, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider.
- Diarrhea and Constipation: Ozempic can also cause changes in bowel movements, such as diarrhea or constipation. These side effects are usually mild and can be managed by making dietary changes, such as increasing your intake of fiber.
- Headaches: Some people taking Ozempic may experience headaches. If you experience headaches, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider to see if the medication is the cause.
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia): Ozempic can increase the risk of low blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes who also take insulin or certain oral diabetes medicines. It is important to monitor your blood sugar levels closely and talk to your healthcare provider if you experience symptoms of hypoglycemia.
- Injection site reactions: Ozempic is given as a subcutaneous injection, and some people may experience injection site reactions such as redness, itching, or swelling. These side effects are usually mild and can be managed by rotating the injection site.
Ozempic can be an effective tool for weight loss, but it can also cause some side effects. The most common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, constipation, headache, low blood sugar, and injection site reactions.
If you experience any of these side effects or have any concerns about the medication, it is important to talk to Dr. Nancie.