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World obesity day should encourage people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, observes the World Health Organization (WHO). However, it is not an easy ...

by Karen Smit

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World obesity day should encourage people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, observes the World Health Organization (WHO). However, it is not an easy process for many and requires medication due to their specific body conditions.

Medical professionals only prescribe weight loss medication for individuals who have obesity-related health problems and cannot control their body weight on their own. As they are unable to follow any diet plan or exercise regime, drugs can provide help in freeing themselves from the clutches of obesity.

This article will shed light on semaglutide; a class of medication called incretin mimetics; which works extremely well to provide weight loss to its users. In the upcoming sections, we will talk about it extensively and see how it affects the body. We will begin with an overview of semaglutide and then see how it acts to provide weight loss benefits. 

We feel it is beneficial to know how to use the medication and at what dosage which will be covered shortly. We will list the common side effects that one may experience using it and also provide information on who should be using it and who should not. So keep on reading.

What Type Of Drug Is Semaglutide? 

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Essentially, semaglutide is an antidiabetic medication prescribed for the treatment of obesity as well. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) calls it an effective medication that can reduce an individual’s body weight considerably.

Semaglutide comes as a solution in a prefilled dosing pen that needs to be injected into the skin for benefits. However, it can also be taken orally and acts fast in providing amicable results. It belongs to the class of medications known as glucagon-like peptides (GLP-1).

What does semaglutide do to your body?

Semaglutide encourages the pancreas to release insulin to alter high levels of blood sugar in the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that is in charge of moving sugar from the blood to other body tissues where it is utilized for energy.

As mentioned earlier, semaglutide mimics the function of the GLP-1 hormone that signals the body to produce more insulin to reduce the amount of insulin in the bloodstream.  It also works to slow down food movement through the stomach to reduce appetite.

What are the side effects of using semaglutide?

Though semaglutide is effective in providing core weight loss benefits, users have also reported mild side effects after using it. It has to be specially noted that the symptoms may differ based on the individual health of its users. Here, we will highlight the main ones. Check out the following.

How to use semaglutide?

As aforementioned, semaglutide has dual purposes of treating diabetes and reducing body weight. Medical professionals prescribe varied levels of dosage for diabetes and weight loss. It works effectively when administered as an injection. Below given are how you can take the medication.

  • For adults and children above the age of 12: It should be taken as an injection in the prescribed dose of 0.25 milligrams once a week and should be repeated for 4 weeks without any breaks.
  • For children below the age of 12, medical professionals will determine the dose as per the requirements.

It is always a good idea to talk to your doctor first before you take semaglutide medication. They can guide you on whether you should take the medication. If you are a diabetic patient and are currently under medication, it is mandatory to take an expert medical opinion before using it. 

Who should take semaglutide?

For prescribing semaglutide for weight loss, you should meet some requirements that we will discuss in this section. See below for details

  • Individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 27 kg/m2 or greater
  • Those who have high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Individuals with elevated cholesterol levels

Who should not use semaglutide?

Semaglutide should not be used by individuals who suffer from health conditions given below.

  • Individuals who have been diagnosed with thyroid problems and are under medication
  • Those who are taking medicines for gallbladder disease
  • Individuals with a history of pancreatitis 
  • People with multiple endocrine neoplasia 


We believe that this article has provided a basic understanding of semaglutide and how it works to provide weight loss benefits. A general overview of the medication and its side effects were discussed. We also talked about how and at what doses semaglutide should be taken by adults and children. Finally, we also included information on who can use this medication and who cannot based on their health conditions. 


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