Candidates for Semaglutide Fat Loss Treatment
Semaglutide is effective, but it isn’t for everybody. Adults who take it to lose weight should have a BMI greater than 30 or a BMI of 27 and up with one or more weight-related medical problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure.
You shouldn’t be taking semaglutide if you’re at risk of developing a thyroid C-cell tumor or you have a family history of thyroid tumors. Others who should avoid taking semaglutide include people with a history of severe allergic reactions to the medication or any of the inert ingredients of the solution.
One of the more commonly used brands, Wegovy, carries a warning for potential inflammation of the pancreas, gallbladder issues, low blood sugar, kidney injuries, diabetes-related damage to the retina of the eye (diabetic retinopathy), elevated heart rate and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. These side effects are rare, and because semaglutide is administered under a doctor’s supervision, they’re generally manageable.
What to Expect During the Treatment
Treatment with semaglutide generally starts with an assessment at Vitalyc MedspaDuring this initial screening, our medical team will determine whether this medication is a good choice to help with your weight loss. Expect to get a physical exam and a medical history work-up. Our practitioners will assess your history of allergies and cancer and review other medications you may be taking. Your current body weight, history of weight loss attempts and body mass index will all factor into the decision to try semaglutide for losing weight.
The initial treatment will be a subcutaneous injection of a low dose of semaglutide. This is a deliberately low dose, since possible side effects include a serious drop in blood sugar and it takes time to adjust. Over four weeks, the dose is gradually increased until you’re getting the full dosage once a week. The injections are given on the same day each week for for a specified time determined with the practitioner. During your treatment period, the Vitalyc Medspa will work with you to develop viable weight management strategies that go beyond the medication. Diet and exercise patterns, building healthy lifestyle patterns and a strong social support network are all part of your strategy to lose weight, and they’ll be included as part of your weight management plan.
How much weight will you lose on semaglutide?
The Semaglutide Treatment Effect in People With Obesity (STEP) trials have found that obese patients who take 2.4 mg of semaglutide weekly lose an average of 6% of their body weight by week 12. This roughly doubles to 12% of body weight lost by week 28.
How fast does semaglutide work for weight loss?
If you’re taking semaglutide for chronic weight management, you can expect to see some results by the end of the first month, though the low initial doses of this drug treatment mean the initial results will be subtle and only appear a few weeks in. Larger amounts of excess weight come off in subsequent weeks, with the peak weight loss happening between weeks 8-28.
Do you need a prescription for semaglutide?
Semaglutide is only available with a medical provider’s prescription. Because of the risk of side effects or interactions with other prescription drugs and herbal products, you’ll need to check in with a practitioner on a regular basis as long as you’re using semaglutide as a weight loss medication.
Start Your Weight Loss Journey Today
It’s never too soon to start the journey to a healthy weight. If you’re living with obesity or related medical conditions and you think semaglutide might be a viable choice for shedding excess weight, get started today by contacting Vitalyc Medspa for a free consultation.