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What is Ozempic?

Ozempic, known generically as semaglutide, was approved in 2017 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in adults with type 2 diabetes. Ozempic is a weekly injection that helps lower blood sugar by helping the pancreas make more insulin. It is not approved for weight loss, but some physicians prescribe it to be used for weight loss.

How does Ozempic work?

Ozempic works by mimicking a naturally occurring hormone. As those hormone levels rise, the molecules go to your brain, telling it you're full. It also slows digestion by increasing the time it takes for food to leave the body. This is similar to the effect of bariatric surgery.


People lost an average of 5-10 pounds (2.3-4.5 kg) over 6 weeks on Ozempic. A 200 lb (90 kg) person may lose around 5% body weight, equating to 10 lbs (4.5 kg) of weight loss in 6 weeks. Someone starting at 175 lbs (80 kg) could potentially lose 8-9 lbs (3.5-4 kg) over a 6 week period.