10 FAQs About Semaglutide

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Reviewed By Blake Gilliam, CRNP

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Semaglutide has generated significant buzz in both the medical community and among individuals seeking effective weight-loss solutions.  

We want our patients to be well-informed about this medication, so we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 FAQs about semaglutide.

Let’s dive in!

1. What is semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a medication originally developed to treat type 2 diabetes but has also been found to be effective for weight loss in non diabetics. It mimics a hormone that targets areas of the brain involved in appetite regulation, leading to reduced hunger and calorie intake.

2. How long do semaglutide side effects last?

Side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, typically diminish within a few weeks of starting treatment. Continuous communication with your healthcare provider is crucial to manage any persistent side effects.

3. How long does it take for semaglutide to suppress appetite?

Semaglutide works by imitating the effects of a hormone called GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1), which is naturally produced in our bodies after eating. This hormone plays a key role in regulating blood sugar levels and slowing down gastric emptying, which contributes to a feeling of fullness and satisfaction after meals. By activating GLP-1 receptors in the brain, semaglutide effectively reduces appetite and calorie intake, leading to weight loss in individuals.

Most individuals begin to notice a decrease in their appetite within the first few weeks of starting semaglutide treatment. However, the full appetite-suppressing effects of the medication can take longer to manifest, varying from person to person. It’s important to follow the prescribed dosage and maintain regular contact with your healthcare provider to monitor progress and make adjustments if necessary.

4. How long do you stay on semaglutide for weight loss?

The duration of semaglutide treatment for weight loss varies by individual. After achieving the desired weight, some may continue at a maintenance dose; however, a long-term plan should be developed with your healthcare provider.

5. How fast does semaglutide work?

Weight loss results can be observed as early as 2–4 weeks after starting the treatment, with significant results often seen within 6 months.

6. How much weight can you lose on semaglutide in 3 months?

Weight loss with semaglutide can vary widely among individuals. On average, patients might see a 5-10% reduction in body weight over 3 months, but outcomes can differ based on diet, exercise, and adherence to the medication.

7. Why does semaglutide cause nausea?

Nausea is a common side effect because semaglutide slows gastric emptying, making you feel fuller, longer. This reaction typically diminishes as your body adjusts to the medication.

8. Where do you inject semaglutide?

Semaglutide is administered through subcutaneous injections, usually in the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm. Proper technique and rotation of injection sites are recommended. Your healthcare provider will teach you how to inject the medication so that you can do it safely and comfortably at home.

9. What happens when you stop taking semaglutide?

Discontinuation of semaglutide may lead to weight regain in some people. Therefore, discontinuing the medication should be done under medical guidance, alongside lifestyle changes to maintain weight loss.

10. What is the difference between semaglutide and tirzepatide?

Semaglutide and tirzepatide are both GLP-1 receptor agonists, meaning they mimic the effects of the naturally occurring hormone GLP-1 in the body. Semaglutide is approved by the FDA for use as a weight loss drug in non-diabetics. Tirzepatide is currently only approved for use in individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Begin Your Weight Loss Journey With Us

We hope this FAQ has answered some of your questions about semaglutide and its potential benefits for weight loss. At Madison Integrative Medicine, we offer personalized treatment plans that incorporate a holistic approach to weight loss.

If you are searching for ‘semaglutide for weight loss near me,’ call (256) 325-0955 to book an appointment or complete the online inquiry form.

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