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Ways To Gain Coverage For Wegovy

Access this NICE and FDA-approved game-changing medication


Access this NICE and FDA-approved game-changing medication

If you’re struggling to lose weight conventionally, a recommended medication might be the best solution for your needs. There are plenty to choose between, but inconvenience and adverse side effects are common.

Enter Wegovy.

The weight loss medication has the entire medical industry buzzing with excitement, and trials show that people lose 14.9% of their body weight on average.

While weight loss medications have been questionable in the past, Wegovy aims to offer people an effective way to trim down and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

We’ll provide Wegovy to eligible people once it finally becomes available in the UK. Stay with us to find out if you can access this medication and how to go about it.

Why Wegovy is generating more excitement than Saxenda

You’ve probably heard of Saxenda before, and extensive trials show that weight loss injections can help people to shed pounds, as long as they combine it with a healthy diet and exercise.

However, the main issue with Saxenda is its lack of convenience. You need to inject yourself every day, and the medication can be expensive, so many people feel like it’s not worth the cost or effort.

Also, Saxenda generates an average of 5% weight loss, significantly lower than the 14.9% Wegovy offers.

If you’re looking for:

  • Convenience

  • Dramatic weight loss

  • Ease of use

Wegovy is the way to go.

What Is Wegovy?

Wegovy is the injectable prescription medicine that excited everyone in the weight loss industry. While it’s not available in the UK yet, it soon will be, and many specialists recommend it as a safe – and convenient solution to shed those extra pounds.

The medication contains the active ingredient semaglutide, which suppresses your appetite, meaning you won’t need to eat as much and can achieve a calorie deficit without struggling and craving sugary foods.

You can take Wegovy if you have a BMI of 30, but some people with a BMI of 27 can use the medication as long as they have weight-related medical problems.

How to take Wegovy

While Wegovy might sound a bit daunting, it’s one of the most convenient weight loss medications because you only use it once a week. Other prescription drugs like Orlistat and Saxenda require a daily dose, so if you’re not a fan of needles, Wegovy could be a perfect solution.

You’ll inject yourself once a week, and it’s best to choose the same day – however, the time of day isn’t important.

The pen is easy to use; all you have to do is press the button, and it will automatically dispense your medication.

When taking Wegovy, you’ll start on a low dose and gradually increase until you reach the maximum (and most effective dose).

The intervals are as follows:

  • Month One: 0.25 mg

  • Month Two: 0.50 mg

  • Month Three: 1 mg

  • Month Four: 1.7 mg

  • Month Five: 2.4 mg

Wegovy is a powerful medication, and increasing the medicine slowly is the best way to stay safe and see the best results.

Who’s eligible for Wegovy?

To be eligible for Wegovy, you must meet the BMI requirements (as mentioned previously). However, some people with pre-existing medical conditions can use Wegovy as long as the injections will potentially improve their symptoms.

For example, people with diabetes or hypothyroidism can use Wegovy if their BMI is 27 or over, but it’s not available for people who’d like to use some weight.

History of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC)

While Wegovy has many benefits, you shouldn’t use it if you or a family member has a history of a thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma. As the medication has a small increased risk of thyroid cancer, it’s best to stay away from it if you’re already at risk.

Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2

You should also avoid Wegovy if you suffer from MEN2. It’s a genetic condition that can cause endocrine gland changes, leading to thyroid tumours, including cancer.

You should also seek medical advice before using Wegovy if you:

  • Have (or have ever had) problems with your kidneys or pancreas

  • Are pregnant (Wegovy can damage a foetus)

  • Have type 2 Diabetes

  • Suffer from mental health issues, including depression and psychiatric disorders

How to access Wegovy for weight management

There are plenty of over-the-counter medicines, but these are often herbal weight loss products that provide little scientific evidence of their effectiveness. Wegovy is a medical-grade weight loss tool that will only be available to a select few patients.

The good news is that it will be available on the NHS if a patient meets the requirements. Here’s how to access it.

Discuss obesity medication options with a doctor

The first step to effective obesity management in the UK is to make an appointment with your GP and explain that you want help. After an initial consultation, your doctor will ask about your lifestyle and measure your weight and height to determine your BMI.

The BMI chart will define which options are available to you:

  • Under 18.5 – Underweight

  • 18.5 to 24.9 – Healthy weight

  • 25 to 29.9 – Overweight

  • 30 and Above – Obese

People in the overweight range are typically advised to opt for lifestyle changes, including a healthier diet and more exercise to lose weight, as they aren’t yet obese, and these alterations can have a significant impact.

However, if someone in the overweight category has a condition that might prevent them from effectively losing weight, they might be able to access prescription obesity medications.

Look at the available prescription drugs

There are two current prescription medication options, and Wegovy will be the third very soon. Saxenda and Orlistat both have their benefits, but many choose not to take the latter because of the severe side effects.

Orlistat stops your body from digesting a lot of fat and offers some decent weight loss results, but the side effects put a lot of people off. They include:

  • Severe pain and gas

  • Leaky bowel movements

  • Little control over bowel movements

Saxenda is a gentler alternative to Orlistat, but it requires a daily injection and doesn’t offer the same results as Wegovy in weight loss.

Getting a prescription for Wegovy

If you live in the UK and your healthcare provider recommends Wegovy, you can get a prescription on the NHS. Since NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) recommended the medication for treating obesity, most eligible people will likely access it through their doctor.

However, the current general guidelines state that adults with a BMI of 35 or above should receive the medication – but this is likely to change to 30.

You might have to prove that other weight loss techniques such as exercise or a reduced calorie meal plan haven’t proved successful before the NHS will cover obesity management costs.

Will an insurance provider cover Wegovy?

Many people will wonder if their insurance company will pay for Wegovy, which depends on numerous factors, including the level of your insurance coverage and the restrictions in place.

An insurance provider often asks you to verify your health before offering a policy. This might mean you’re not entitled to the medication, as some don’t provide coverage for obese individuals. 

Buying Wegovy privately

If you meet the criteria for Wegovy but cannot get it on the NHS, it might be worth considering a private service. Of course, this will cost much more than a prescription from your GP, but it can be beneficial if you’re willing to spend the extra money.

The general price for a month’s supply of the medication is £73.25, which gives you a pack of four pens. The price isn’t bad when you weigh it up, especially if you spend money each month on expensive diet plans and herbal supplements to lose weight.

It all depends on how much you want to get back to your healthy weight and whether you feel that Wegovy is the best avenue to explore.

Wegovy side effects

As with all medications, Wegovy can have some side effects, but as long as you follow the instructions and wait until you increase it to the maximum dosage, the side effects will be minimal.

Common effects include:

  • Headaches

  • Diarrhoea

  • Bloating and gas

  • Constipation

  • Feeling sick/vomiting

  • Burping

  • Indigestion

  • Feeling dizzy and tired

The effects should begin to subside as your body gets used to the medication. However, if you notice any allergic reactions or other side effects, you should come off the medication immediately and notify your doctor.

Severe side effects include:

  • Fast heart rate

  • Gallstones and other gallbladder problems

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)

  • Pancreatitis

  • Serious allergic reactions

Is Wegovy worth it?

Out of all the medicines for weight loss, Wegovy offers the most promising results, and it can help you shed excess weight while you adapt to a diet and exercise regime. The best thing you can do is call your healthcare provider and make an appointment to discuss your options.

Pharmacy Online is one of the select chemists to offer Wegovy, and we look forward to helping our clients reduce their body weight and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

Please feel free to contact us and learn when we expect to stock Wegovy and if you’re eligible for a prescription.