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Wegovy doses – how much do you take?

You’re planning on taking Wegovy, the revolutionary new, FDA approved and NICE approved weight loss drug for adults struggling with weight management. But how much do you take to meet your weight loss goals?

With any prescription drugs, you need to know what the right dose is for you from the very beginning to prevent adverse reactions and aid weight loss.

In this guide, we’ll explore how to take this injectable prescription medicine safely, as well as outline any side effects of Wegovy to help you achieve rapid weight loss.

New weight loss drug for chronic weight management

Wegovy is a regenerative injectable prescription medicine that is primarily used to help obese and overweight patients.

This includes patients with type 2 diabetes, as well as people who are looking to lose weight or prevent further weight gain.

Wegovy is a weekly administered injectable prescription medicine. It’s transparent and colourless.

And like other semaglutide containing products, it’s best taken following a dose escalation schedule.

Wegovy Dosage

Wegovy pens are available in different strength doses of semaglutide (the active ingredient in the medicine).

But how do you know which one is the right dose for you?

When we give you Wegovy, you’ll be prescribed the lowest possible dose of just 0.25mg. This will self-administered by injection once a week.

You then increase the strength of the dose to the maximum dosage following a dose escalation schedule.

To achieve optimal weight loss results, you should increase the dose every four weeks until you’re receiving the full dose of 2.4 mg.

You need to be mindful that once you’ve reached maximum dose, you need to stay at the full dose to ensure continuous weight loss.

Doses of semaglutide for weight loss

Wegovy pens are available in a range of strengths, making it easy for you to increase your dosage following your dose escalation schedule.

Pens are available in the following strengths:

  • 0.25 mg

  • 0.5 mg

  • 1 mg

  • 1.7 mg

  • 2.4 mg

Each pen can only be used once. It is filled for you so you don’t need to measure out the medicine.

Dispose of each pen safely after use.

How to take Wegovy

While you’re taking Wegovy, we will communicate with you throughout this process, helping you lose weight.

When you first start taking semaglutide, you’ll be prescribed the 0.25 mg pen to use once a week for a month – that’s 4 weeks, or 28 days.

If you respond well to the prescription drugs, you’ll increase your dosage to 0.5 mg for the second month.

Your prescription will increase every four weeks as your treatment continues until you’re at the maximum dosage of 2.4 mg.

It’s essential you stick to the scheduled dose as provided by your medical professional to ensure your weight loss treatment remains controlled and sustainable.

You need follow the escalation schedule only increasing the dosage up to the required amount. It might seem like the process to get up to full dosage is slow, but your body needs time to adjust to the medicine.

How often do I inject Wegovy?

You only need to administer one dose of Wegovy each week for your treatment to be effective. Ideally, you’ll inject yourself on the same day each week, at a similar time.

Injecting yourself on a schedule will help you to remember to take your medicine on your regularly scheduled day.

You can take your weekly dose of Wegovy at any time of the day or night, just watch out for any signs and symptoms of serious allergic reactions.

What if I miss a dose of Wegovy?

If you accidentally miss a scheduled dose and your next weekly dose is more than two days away, resume dosing as soon as possible.

If you miss a scheduled dose and the next one is less than 48 hours away, resume dosing on your regularly scheduled day.

If you miss more than two weeks worth of Wegovy, resume dosing on your next regularly scheduled day. If you aren’t sure, speak with your healthcare provider about how resume dosing safely.

How long do I need to take Wegovy for?

The length of your treatment will depend on how quickly you lose weight and how long it takes for you to maintain your ideal weight.

This will be different for each person, but we recommend you take Wegovy until you reach your desired weight, then gradually reduce the dose ensuring you maintain your new weight.

Take your time coming off Wegovy as you’ll need to make your new lifestyle changes a habit as you won’t be relying on semaglutide to manage your food intake.

Why can’t I start Wegovy on the highest dosage?

We don’t recommend patients start Wegovy on the highest dosage because your body needs time to adjust to any over the counter drugs.

If you don’t know if you have weight related medical problems, taking the maximum dosage of Wegovy could see you experience a serious allergic reaction.

By starting your Wegovy weight management journey on the lowest dose, you’ll give yourself the best possible chance of weight loss success.

If you start on the highest dose of semaglutide, you risk serious hypersensitivity reactions occuring.

Potential adverse reactions to semaglutide

You should check in with your healthcare provider and highlight any side effects of Wegovy that you’re experiencing, even if they’re not bothering you.

The most common adverse reactions to semaglutide include gastrointestinal symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Remember, you’ve been prescribed this medicine because your healthcare provider has deemed the benefits to outweigh the risk of side effects of wegovy.

Saying that, tell your healthcare provider straight away if you’ve had a prior serious hypersensitivity reaction to chronic weight management drugs, or if you have personal or family history that might make you susceptible to an increased risk of adverse reactions.

You should also report if you experience severe adverse gastrointestinal reactions such as persistent severe abdominal pain, including signs and symptoms of kidney failure.

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Monitor blood glucose prior to taking Wegovy

Although Wegovy itself does not cause low blood sugar, patients with a history of low blood sugar should be wary of the effects of a reduced calorie diet and take precautions to maintain blood glucose levels and treat low blood sugar if necessary.

To minimize gastrointestinal adverse reactions, eat bland foods like toast and crackers. Make sure you’re drinking enough water and that you’re consuming foods that contain water. Go outside after you’ve eaten for fresh air. And try to slow your food intake.

When you shouldn’t take Wegovy

Do not take Wegovy if you have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma MTC.

Do not take Wegovy if you have a personal or family history of an endocrine system condition known as Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome type 2.

Do not take Wegovy and tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had medical conditions including:

  • acute kidney injury

  • thyroid c cell tumors

  • chronic renal failure

  • underlying renal disease

  • acute gallbladder disease

  • diabetic retinopathy

Finally: a reminder for taking Wegovy:

  • Wegovy works best when used in combination with a reduced calorie diet and increased exercise.

  • Wegovy should not be used alongside other semaglutide containing products. Patients with type 2 diabetes should be wary of their existing medicine containing semaglutide – such as Ozempic*, or other GLP 1 receptor agonist medicines.

  • There hasn’t been any research to show the safety or efficacy of taking Wegovy alongside other over the counter drugs or herbal weight management medicines.

  • We don’t recommend delaying dose escalation. To realise the full benefits of Wegovy, you should aim to step up you Wegovy intake to the full dosage as prescribed, and then stay the course with a maintenance dose.

  • Take your weekly dose of Wegovy on a regularly scheduled day every week.

  • Take Wegovy with or without food. It works exactly the same whether it’s taken on an empty stomach or with a meal.

  • You can change the day you take Wegovy as long as you leave a gap of at least 48 hours between doses.

  • If you increase your Wegovy dose without following the prescribed dose escalation schedule, most common adverse reactions include:

    • nausea

    • vomiting

    • low blood sugar

  • If you do accidentally take too much Wegovy, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

  • Patients with type 2 diabetes should monitor blood glucose prior to starting Wegovy.

*What are the dosage amounts for Ozempic?

Ozempic is a diabetes medicine commonly prescribed to patients with type 2 diabetes. It also uses semaglutide as its active ingredient, meaning it can work in the same way as Wegovy, aiding weight loss.

However weight loss isn’t the goal for patients with type 2 diabetes taking Ozempic.

Ozempic helps your body increase the amount of insulin it produces, helping to control blood glucose levels.

Because Ozempic has a different purpose to Wegovy, it has different dosage instructions. For example, the highest recommended dosage of Ozempic is only 1 mg per week, in comparison to Wegovy at 2.4 mg per week.

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