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What is Ozempic? Why is it trending on TikTok?

The drug is garnering a lot of attention as a way to lose weight on social media platforms such as TikTok

‘ Kim and Khloe Kardashian’s fans react after sisters pose together looking skinnier than ever amid yet more speculation that they’ve used Hollywood’s favorite new diet drug Ozempic”

Is this the new weight loss wonder drug?

Well yes … probably. But what does it do. Is it safe? Who is it for? What are the side effects?

Ozempic, Wegovy and Rybelsus are the brandnames for an anti-diabetes medication called semaglutide. Developed by Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, the drug is used to treat patients with type-2 diabetes. Wegovy, which contains a higher-dose of semaglutide, was approved as an anti-obesity drug.

Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) drug that increases the secretion of insulin (which helps decrease blood sugar levels) after a meal while reducing the production of glucagon (which helps increase blood sugar levels). Besides regulating glucose levels in the body, the drug also aids in weight loss, lowers the risk of hypoglycemia, and improves heart health and kidney function. The drug was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2017. According to a 2018 study, semaglutide specifically showed greater weight loss in subjects than other GLP-1 RA drugs. It roughly reduced body weight by 4kgs, as compared to other drugs which saw reductions of 1.4-2.5 kgs.


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