Wegovy® Weight Loss Medication In Miami
Trying to lose weight through traditional channels alone can be frustrating and exhausting. For many of us, no matter how hard we try, our efforts to lose weight through dieting and exercise are unsuccessful. These thwarted weight loss attempts can leave us feeling hopelessly frustrated.
Research has shown that if an individual has suffered from obesity for several years, that it is virtually impossible for them to reach a healthy BMI (body mass index) without some type of medical intervention. Sometimes, a little assistance goes a long way! Wegovy can help provide the assistance needed to finally see some results from all their efforts.
What Is Wegovy® Weight Loss Medication?
Wegovy is a prescription medication that was approved by the FDA in June 2021 to treat obesity in adult patients. It is a brand name for the prescription drug Semaglutide, which is exactly the same medication used to treat type 2 diabetes under the brand name Ozempic. The only difference between the two is that Wegovy is administered in higher doses than Ozempic.
How Does It Help You Lose Weight?
Our bodies naturally manufacture the hormone GLP-1 which is responsible for regulating blood sugar by triggering the release of insulin from the pancreas. Wegovy mimics the natural GLP-1 hormone and works with the digestive system to help regulate the release of insulin as well as delay the digestion process so the stomach remains full for a longer period of time.
Wegovy can also act as an appetite suppressant for the patient and help their metabolism run more efficiently. It is meant to be used as a tool to help further the patient’s weight loss efforts. When used in tandem with patient efforts, it has been proven to help patients lose weight and keep it off when combined with a healthy, low-calorie diet and regular exercise.
How Do You Use Wegovy®?
Patients take Wegovy through subcutaneous injections administered on the same day and around the same time of day once a week.
The Wegovy shot is given in the fatty part of the skin on the abdomen, upper arm, or thigh taking care to never inject into a muscle or vein. Rotating injection sites will help keep one area from becoming excessively irritated.
How Do I Know How Much Medication To Take?
Knowing the correct amount of medication to take is very easy and it is virtually impossible to make a mistake. The Wegovy doses come in single-use injector pens that are pre-measured and prefilled. All the patient needs to do is use one pen each week, perform their injection, and then properly dispose of the pen. Patients will receive 4 injector pens each month that are ready for use.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Adults 18+ who have a BMI (body mass index) of:
and have at least one secondary obesity-related condition such as Type 2 Diabetes, Severe Sleep Apnea, etc.
Prescription Wegovy medication is meant to be used while supervised by a medical professional and in conjunction with a limited-calorie diet that is accompanied by physical exercise
You May Not Be A Good Candidate
- You are taking any other type of GLP-1 medication
- You have any allergies to the ingredients
- You or your family has a history of thyroid cancer (MTC)
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You currently have MEN2 (a rare genetic syndrome)
- You have medical issues concerning your kidneys or pancreas
What Are The Benefits?
Helps suppress a patient’s appetite so they cut down on calories ingested
Slows the rate of stomach emptying which keeps patients feeling full longer
Helps to regulate levels of insulin, reducing the amount of fat stored and prompting the body to burn fat
What Are Side Effects?
Like all medications, it is associated with some side effects. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, headache, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, fatigue, and dizziness. For more potential side effects, refer to the Wegovy patient website.
How Much Does Wegovy® For Weight Loss Cost?
Unfortunately, there is not currently a Wegovy generic alternative. The cost will vary by dose amount and also may be influenced by factors such as insurance coverage, special programs for prescription savings, dispensing pharmacy, and geographical location. The weight loss medication may need to be pre-approved before being covered by insurance plans.
How To Get A Wegovy® Prescription
The best way to get started is to contact Simmons Advanced Weight Loss Solutions. Set up an appointment today to learn more about how weight loss medication can help you. We offer a wide range of weight loss medications including Wegovy in Miami at our Aventura location.
At Simmons Advanced Weight Loss Solutions, we understand that each patient is different and that not all medications will work for everyone. We create a customized program for each patient that consists of the perfect combination of medication, diet, and exercise to ensure they successfully reach their weight loss goals.
Note: We are aware that there have been Wegovy shortages due to its unprecedented popularity. The manufacturing company, Novo Nordisk, has been trying to keep up with demand and they have announced plans to ramp up production in 2023. Simmons Advanced Weight Loss Solutions in Miami can offer comparable solutions if needed.