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by SlimCare Patient Services
June 8, 2021


Saxenda (Liraglutide) and Ozempic (Semiglutide) are a group of drugs called GLP-1 Receptor Agonists.

How Do GLP-1 Receptor Agonists Work?

This type of medication works by increasing the levels of hormones called ‘incretins’. These hormones help the body produce more insulin only when needed and reduce the amount of glucose being produced by the liver when it’s not needed. They reduce the rate at which the stomach digests food and empties, and can also reduce appetite. There are several medications in the GLP-1 Receptor Agonists family, the main ones being:

Saxenda® (liraglutide), which is an injectable prescription medicine used daily for adults with excess weight (BMI≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems or obesity (BMI≥30), and children aged 12-17 years with a body weight above 132 pounds (60 kg) and obesity to help them lose weight and keep the weight.

Ozempic® (Semaglutide) which is an injectable prescription medication used weekly for adults with Type 2 diabetes. However has been proven to be a very effective aid for obesity and weight-loss and may soon be licensed for this indication

What Are GLP-1 Receptor Agonist Medications?

GLP-1 receptor agonists are a type of non-insulin medication that is used in combination with diet and exercise to help treat type 2 diabetes. The specific role of these drugs is to help manage blood glucose and insulin levels, the net result is weight loss, diabetes prevention and lowering high blood pressure.

Which GLP-1 Receptor Agonist Is Best For Weight loss?

Among once-weekly injectable glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, Semaglutide (Ozempic) is more effective than Exenatide (Byetta) and Dulaglutide (Trulicity) for glycemic control and weight loss. They can also prevents some adverse cardiovascular (CV) events in patients with established CV disease.

Does Ozempic Curb Your Appetite?

Researchers say the drug Ozempic, initially approved to treat type 2 diabetes, can regulate insulin and suppress appetite

Can Saxenda & Ozempic Cause Cancer?

In studies with rodents, Ozempic® and medicines that worked like Ozempic® caused thyroid tumours, including thyroid cancer. There is no evidence to suggest that Ozempic® or any other GLP-1 Receptor Agonists will cause thyroid tumours or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in humans. However, we ensure all patients are fit for treatment.

When Should I Take The Medication?

At SlimCare Medical we will advise how and when to take the medication to minimise side effects and maximise results. All our medication dosages are individually tailored to you, as everyone is different.

What Are The Side-Effects?

All drugs have side effects, but if you take these medications under our expert clinical guidance, these side effects can be minimised or not experienced at all. The most common are headache, tiredness and nausea, these usually wear off after a few days.

Does The Injection Hurt?

No, most people don’t feel anything at all, the needle is very small and causes minimal agitation to the injection site.

What Do I Eat?

Your dietary intake and the kinds of foods you can eat are critical to the efficacy of the medication that will improve overall weight-loss results. Simple dietary changes and can give rise to even better results by just using the medication alone. SlimCare Medical have done a lot of research in this area and our specialist clinical and nutritional advice is unique and is completely free during your programme. Our members area is packed with healthy meal ideas, diet plans and inspirational delicious recipes.

Can I Exercise?

Yes. This is encouraged, but do exercises that you like, further assistance regarding this is on our members area.

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