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Semaglutide

Semaglutide is a first of its kind, novel weight loss medication first developed for treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. It has ultimately been developed as a first line treatment for obesity.

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What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is an FDA-approved weight loss injection. By mimicking a hormone in the body, Semaglutide increases insulin secretion while slowing down how fast your stomach empties food. This suppresses your appetite, so you feel full longer, helping you eat less and lose weight.

The drug was initially approved in 2017 at a lower dose to help control blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes. People taking Semaglutide for blood sugar control lose weight as an additional benefit. After studying a higher amount of the medication in people without Type 2 diabetes, the FDA approved Semaglutide for weight loss in qualified adults.

In clinical trials, Semaglutide helped most recipients lose 10% of their body weight. More than half of them reduced their weight by 15%, this is the amount of weight loss that most healthcare professionals say can help reduce the risk for future chronic illnesses. A consultation is required to insure there are no medical contraindications or health risks.

How Does Semaglutide Work?

Semaglutide mimics a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (or GLP-1) that targets areas in the brain that regulate appetite and food intake. Your digestive tract releases this incretin hormone after you’ve eaten a meal, lowering your blood sugar by triggering insulin release to more efficiently manage blood sugar levels. Doing so helps you eat less, and patients taking Semaglutide for weight loss can lose up to one to two pounds per week. Diet and exercise is key to results, as maintaining healthy eating habits is necessary..

  • Semaglutide is new treatment for obesity. It is an anti-diabetic medication belonging to a class of drugs known as GLP-1 Receptor Agonists and Incretin Mimetics. Semaglutide was first approved as a treatment for managing blood sugar in Type 2 Diabetes in 2017.

  •  GLP-1 agonists like Semaglutide help to control your blood sugar, but people taking them also tend to lose weight. GLP-1, the key hormone involved, slows down how fast your stomach empties food (called gastric emptying). In addition to causing your pancreas to release insulin, Semaglutide also blocks a hormone that causes your liver to release sugar (glucagon). Together, these functions can help you feel less hungry, causing you to eat less food, and lose more weight.

  • Semaglutide is clinically-proven to be one of the most effective medication for long-term results. It works by binding with the same receptors as powerful, naturally-occurring GLP-1 hormones that exist in your body, which improve your metabolic function, and regulate your digestion so you can feel full longer and maximize nutrient absorption.

  • All individuals start at the .25mg. injection dosage with a recommended increase in 5 weeks to .50mg with another increase in 4-5 weeks to 1.00mg. If weight loss plateaus continue to increase every 4 weeks until you reach the optimal therapeutic dose. Never increase prior to 4 weeks and never exceed 2.50mg of Semaglutide.

  • Semaglutide will be prescribed as a weekly subcutaneous injection. Injections should be administered every 7 days in the abdomen alternating locations. Semaglutide is started at a low dose that is gradually increased so it is important you use the medication exactly as directed. One injection should be administered on the same day each week. Do not increase any dose prior to 4 weeks.

  • No, Semaglutide is not a type of insulin or a substitute for insulin. Semaglutide does stimulate your pancreas to release insulin when glucose (sugar) is present. Because Semaglutide relies upon your body’s own insulin to have this effect, Semaglutide isn’t used when your pancreas can’t make insulin, such as in patients in type 1 diabetes. We are unable to prescribe to patients with DM1 (Diabetes 1) and advise insulin to be regulated by your treating physician

  • Semaglutide is meant to be titrated up to help minimize negative side effects. You will START with 0.25mg for 4-5 weeks then increase to 0.50mg for 4-5 week then increase again another increase in 4- 5 weeks to 1mg, dose increases monthly thereafter until the optimal therapeutic dose is reached.

  • No. Semaglutide is not a stimulant and is non habit forming. Semaglutide can be taken in conjunction with an appetite suppressant such as phentermine or phendimetrazine.

  • Yes, it is believed that Semaglutide can help curb your appetite though not everyone experiences a curbed appetite. In addition to slowing gastric emptying to make you feel full for longer, GLP-1 also plays a direct role in how your appetite is regulated by your brain.

  • No. Semaglutide is not covered by insurance for people who are not diabetic type 2. Fortunately, we are able to offer our compounded medication at a very competitive, low price.

What's Included Every Month for both Semaglutide and Tirzepatide

Monthly

Semaglutide & Tirzepatide

  • No hidden fees

  • Patients choose weekly or monthly visits to our office

  • Monthly medication

  • Monthly lipotropin injections

  • Medication for nausea

  • Stool softener to help prevent constipation

  • Diet and exercise education and plan

  • InBody breakdown analysis at initial consultation and every 12 weeks to monitor progress.

  • Always free consultations

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Semaglutide Can Help Prevent Other Chronic Diseases

In addition to surpassing the effectiveness of other weight management medications. Semaglutide also serves as a preventative measure against various chronic diseases, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Obesity

  • High blood pressure

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Semaglutide

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Semaglutide is new treatment for obesity. It is an anti-diabetic medication belonging to a class of drugs known as GLP-1 Receptor Agonists and Incretin Mimetics. Semaglutide was first approved as a treatment for managing blood sugar in Type 2 Diabetes in 2017.

  •  GLP-1 agonists like Semaglutide help to control your blood sugar, but people taking them also tend to lose weight. GLP-1, the key hormone involved, slows down how fast your stomach empties food (called gastric emptying). In addition to causing your pancreas to release insulin, Semaglutide also blocks a hormone that causes your liver to release sugar (glucagon). Together, these functions can help you feel less hungry, causing you to eat less food, and lose more weight.

  • Semaglutide is clinically-proven to be one of the most effective medication for long-term results. It works by binding with the same receptors as powerful, naturally-occurring GLP-1 hormones that exist in your body, which improve your metabolic function, and regulate your digestion so you can feel full longer and maximize nutrient absorption.

  • All individuals start at the .25mg. injection dosage with a recommended increase in 5 weeks to .50mg with another increase in 4-5 weeks to 1.00mg. If weight loss plateaus continue to increase every 4 weeks until you reach the optimal therapeutic dose. Never increase prior to 4 weeks and never exceed 2.50mg of Semaglutide.

  • Semaglutide will be prescribed as a weekly subcutaneous injection. Injections should be administered every 7 days in the abdomen alternating locations. Semaglutide is started at a low dose that is gradually increased so it is important you use the medication exactly as directed. One injection should be administered on the same day each week. Do not increase any dose prior to 4 weeks.

  • No, Semaglutide is not a type of insulin or a substitute for insulin. Semaglutide does stimulate your pancreas to release insulin when glucose (sugar) is present. Because Semaglutide relies upon your body’s own insulin to have this effect, Semaglutide isn’t used when your pancreas can’t make insulin, such as in patients in type 1 diabetes. We are unable to prescribe to patients with DM1 (Diabetes 1) and advise insulin to be regulated by your treating physician

  • Semaglutide is meant to be titrated up to help minimize negative side effects. You will START with 0.25mg for 4-5 weeks then increase to 0.50mg for 4-5 week then increase again another increase in 4- 5 weeks to 1mg, dose increases monthly thereafter until the optimal therapeutic dose is reached.

  • No. Semaglutide is not a stimulant and is non habit forming. Semaglutide can be taken in conjunction with an appetite suppressant such as phentermine or phendimetrazine.

  • Yes, it is believed that Semaglutide can help curb your appetite though not everyone experiences a curbed appetite. In addition to slowing gastric emptying to make you feel full for longer, GLP-1 also plays a direct role in how your appetite is regulated by your brain.

  • No. Semaglutide is not covered by insurance for people who are not diabetic type 2. Fortunately, we are able to offer our compounded medication at a very competitive, low price.

  • Reduces Inflammatory Biomarkers

  • Lower blood sugar without any increase in hypoglycemia

  • Reduced body weight, lipids, blood pressure, and oxidative stress

  • Suppressed appetite

  • Enhanced insulin synthesis and secretion

  • Reduced glucagon levels in fasting and after eating

  • A promoted sensation of fullness sensed by the brain

  • Slowed gastric emptying in the intestines to help you feel full for longer

  • Significant improvement in cardiovascular risk factors associated with obesity

Benefits of Semaglutide

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