Reviewed by Dr. Scott Maymon, ND, NPH, and Dr. Sarah Stone, ND.

Semaglutide is a popular weight loss medication that has been making waves in the health and wellness industry. It has gained attention for its effectiveness in helping individuals lose weight and improve their overall health. However, as with any new medication, there are many questions surrounding it.

So, if you are currently taking semaglutide or are thinking about taking it, this blog is for you! Here we answer 10 of the most frequently asked questions about semaglutide to help you better understand this medication and its benefits.

But First! What Exactly is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide, also known as Ozempic, was first approved by the FDA in 2017 as a medication for the management of type 2 diabetes. It is a once-weekly injection that works by mimicking the effects of a hormone called GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1). This hormone helps regulate blood sugar levels and also plays a role in appetite regulation.

Over time, it was observed that patients taking semaglutide for diabetes management also experienced significant weight loss. This led to further research and clinical trials, resulting in the approval of semaglutide for weight loss under the brand name Wegovy.

Now, onto the questions!

  1. What is the difference between semaglutide and tirzepatide?

Both semaglutide and tirzepatide are GLP-1 receptor agonists, meaning they work by mimicking the effects of GLP-1 in the body. However, there are some key differences between the two medications.

Tirzepatide is a combination medication that also includes another hormone called GIP (glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide). This makes tirzepatide a dual agonist, meaning it targets two hormones involved in blood sugar and weight regulation.

  1. How does semaglutide work for weight loss?

Semaglutide works for weight loss by targeting the GLP-1 hormone. This hormone helps regulate blood sugar levels by modulating insulin production and slowing down digestion, resulting in a feeling of fullness and reduced appetite. By mimicking the effects of this hormone, semaglutide can help individuals feel less hungry and consume fewer calories, leading to weight loss over time.

  1. How long do you stay on semaglutide for weight loss?

The recommended duration of semaglutide for weight loss is up to 68 weeks. After completing this prescribed course, individuals are advised to continue with a healthy diet and exercise routine to maintain their weight loss results.

  1. How long does it take for semaglutide to suppress appetite?

This will vary from person to person. Some individuals may experience a reduction in appetite within the first few days of starting semaglutide, while others may take a few weeks to notice a change. To really understand how semaglutide is affecting your appetite, it is recommended to track your food intake and hunger levels.

  1. Why does semaglutide cause diarrhea and nausea?

One of the possible side effects of semaglutide is gastrointestinal discomfort, including diarrhea or constipation. This is believed to be caused by the slowing down of digestion and increased water absorption in the intestines, resulting in softer stools. However, this side effect usually improves over time as the body adjusts to the medication.

  1. How can I relieve nausea from semaglutide?

If you are experiencing nausea from taking semaglutide, there are a few things you can try to help relieve it. These include eating smaller, more frequent meals, avoiding fatty or spicy foods, and staying hydrated. If the nausea persists, speak with your healthcare provider for further guidance.

  1. How long do semaglutide side effects last?

How we prescribe semaglutide with dosing significantly reduces the likelihood and severity of any symptoms that you might have.  Side effects of semaglutide, such as nausea, could last for a few weeks or longer, but is intermittent and infrequent. However, every individual is different and will respond to the medication differently. If you experience any side effects that are persistent or concerning, speak with your doctor for further advice.

  1. What should I eat while taking semaglutide?

While taking semaglutide, it is important to follow a healthy and balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, fiber, and lean proteins. This will help support your weight loss journey and overall health. 

Here is a list of foods to avoid:

  • Highly processed foods and sugary drinks
  • Fast food and fried foods
  • High-fat dairy products
  • Excessively salty or sugary snacks
  1. Can I drink alcohol while taking semaglutide?

It is generally recommended to avoid alcohol while taking semaglutide. Alcohol can interfere with weight loss efforts and may contribute to unwanted calories. If you do choose to drink alcohol, it is important to do so in moderation.

  1. How much is semaglutide?

The average cost is $440/month and includes brief consults with your providers every 4 weeks to monitor the treatment and progress. It also includes all supplies. Administering the medication in office by a provider incurs a separate fee.

Pure Body Health – Your Partners in Weight Loss

We believe in a holistic approach to weight loss and overall health. Our team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals through personalized plans and support. 

If you are considering semaglutide for weight loss or have further questions about this medication, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to guide you on your journey to a healthier, happier you.

If you are searching for a ‘semaglutide provider near me’ or ‘weight loss injections near me,’ we can help. To book an appointment with Dr. Scott Maymon, ND, MPH or Dr. Sarah Stone, ND, call (480) 427-0442 or complete the online inquiry form.