Wegovy contains the active ingredient Semaglutide, a type of hormone responsible for the feeling of satiety you feel after eating a meal.
Wegovy is for adults with obesity (a BMI>30) or overweight (BMI >27) who also have a weight-related medication condition to help them lose weight and keep it off.
Wegovy should be used as part of a reduced calorie diet, increased physical activity and a healthier lifestyle.
In a 68 week study of 1961 adults living with obesity or excess weight with a medical problem, adults lost on average 35lbs (~15% of body weight)
Wegovy works by mimicking a hormone which targets areas of the brain involved in regulating appetite and food intake. This can then help you to consume fewer calories which can lead to weight loss.
As with all medications, there may be adverse events which some (but not all) patients may experience.
Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the patient information leaflet.
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us where one of our experienced team would be happy to help.
How to Take
Wegovy comes in 5 different dose strengths.
You start Wegovy at a dose of 0.25mg once a week and increase the dose every 4 weeks until you reach the full dose of 2.4mg.
- You can take Wegovy with or without food
- If you need to change the day of the week you inject, you may do so as long as your last dose of Wegovy was administered 2 or more days prior.
- If you take too much Wegovy, you may have severe nausea, severe vomiting and severe low blood sugar. Seek medical help right away.
It is important to follow the advice of the healthcare professional responsible for your treatment.
Start Wegovy at a dose of 0.25mg once a week, for your first month.
For your second month, you can increase your weekly dose to 0.5mg
For your third month, you can increase your weekly dose to 1mg
For your fourth month, you can increase your weekly dose to 1.7mg
For the fifth month onward, you can increase your weekly dose to the full dose of 2.4mg.
It is important to note that you may remain on a certain dose for longer than a month depending on many factors including your tolerance to the dose (lack of side effects) and your progress.
Whilst stepping up your dose, you will check in with your designated healthcare professional to allow us to track your progress and ensure safety and appropriateness of prescribing.
If you miss a dose of Wegovy:
- If you miss a dose of Wegovy and the next scheduled dose is more than 2 days away (48hrs), take the missed dose as soon as possible
- If you miss a dose of Wegovy and the next scheduled dose is less than 2 days away (48hrs), do not administer the dose. Take your next dose on the regularly scheduled day.
- If you miss doses of Wegovy for more than 2 weeks, take the next dose on the regularly scheduled day or contact Quick Meds to discuss how to restart your treatment.
Side effects & Cautions
The most common side effects of Wegovy may include:
- stomach (abdomen) pain
- tiredness (fatigue)
- upset stomach
- feeling bloated
- stomach flu
Nausea is a common side effect when first startin Wegovy.
If you experience nausea, get in touch with the healthcare professionals at Quick Meds for further advice.
We may recommend advice which includes:
- Eating bland, low-fat foods like crackers, toast and rice
- Eating foods that contain water, like soups
- Avoid lying down after you eat
- Go outdoors to get some fresh air
- Eat more slowly
Cautions & Warnings
Wegovy may cause serious side effects, including but not limited to:
Inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis). Stop using WEGOVY™ and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel the pain from your abdomen to your back.
Gallbladder problems. WEGOVY™ may cause gallbladder problems including gallstones. Some gallbladder problems need surgery. Call your healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms:
- pain in your upper stomach (abdomen)
- yellowing of skin or eyes (jaundice)
- clay-colored stools
Increased risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in patients with type 2 diabetes, especially those who also take medicines to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus such as sulfonylureas or insulin. Low blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes who receive WEGOVY™ can be both a serious and common side effect. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to recognize and treat low blood sugar. You should check your blood sugar before you start taking WEGOVY™ and while you take WEGOVY™. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include:
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Irritability or mood changes
- Confusion or drowsiness
- Fast heartbeat
- Feeling jittery
Kidney problems (kidney failure). In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration) which may cause kidney problems to get worse. It is important for you to drink fluids to help reduce your chance of dehydration.
Serious allergic reactions. Stop using WEGOVY™ and get medical help right away, if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including:
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat
- Severe rash or itching
- Very rapid heartbeat
- Problems breathing or swallowing
- Fainting or feeling dizzy
Change in vision in people with type 2 diabetes. Tell your healthcare provider if you have changes in vision during treatment with WEGOVY™.
Increased heart rate. WEGOVY™ can increase your heart rate while you are at rest. Your healthcare provider should check your heart rate while you take WEGOVY™. Tell your healthcare provider if you feel your heart racing or pounding in your chest and it lasts for several minutes.
Depression or thoughts of suicide. You should pay attention to any mental changes, especially sudden changes in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any mental changes that are new, worse, or worry you.