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Frequently Asked Questions About Ozempic
There’s a lot of buzz around the drugs ministering cures to diseases such as Diabetes. Along with that buzz comes tons of rumours and news that might not be true. Since Diabetes is an illness that affects both old and young, the interest is prominent among the general population. Our nurse practitioners at SlimCare Medical have put together an article surrounding the frequently asked questions on Ozempic.
What is the drug, Ozempic? What are its uses?
Ozempic is a drug explicitly administered to patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. It’s the brand name for the drug, Semaglutide. It’s a drug that belongs to the group of injectable medicines.
In terms of Type 2 Diabetes, the drug helps improve the sensitivity of the cells. That’s because there’s no issue with the patient producing insulin. Thus, the drug helps raise the levels of blood sugar. It’s advised that along with the drug, patients must maintain a minimum level of exercise and a good diet.
The drug’s found to be effective in lowering the risks related to people with cardiovascular cases. These include heart strokes or heart attacks, especially if it’s related to Type 2 Diabetes.
Can I administer Ozempic to treat Type 1 Diabetes?
As mentioned earlier, the drug treats the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes. At the same time, it cannot do the same in the case of Type 1 Diabetes.
What are the dosage timings for Ozempic?
Since you can only access the drug via prescriptions, the healthcare provider will give you all the details. But, in general, you’ll need to get the dose once every week. Initially, when you start the drug, the doses will be 0.25 gm for the first four weeks. But after that period, the drug dosage will rise to 0.5 gm per week for the next few weeks. At the same time, in a week, 1 mg is the maximum dosage.
Whatever the case may be, you’re advised to maintain a fixed routine for the doses. That is, say you take the drug dose on Tuesday this week. You must ensure that you get the dose on the same day next week. If somehow you miss out on a dose, get it within five days. But in case that window period passes, focus on getting the next week’s dose on time.
How do you administer the drug?
The drug’s administered by way of injecting it under the skin. It’s done by means of the Ozempic pen. We advise that you carefully go through the manual that comes along with the pen. Also, follow the instructions provided by the practitioner to the point.
As the manual states, you may inject the pen under your skin. Also, be careful you don’t choose an area that consists of veins or muscles.
Does Ozempic work as a drug for weight loss?
In simple terms, the drug isn’t meant for weight loss. It’s solely for treating the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes. At the same time, a patient taking the drug does experience a loss in terms of their weight.