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Ozempic Dosages and Usage

Monday 12 December 2022
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Table of Contents

I. What is Ozempic Used For?

II. Ozempic Dosage for Blood Sugar

III. Ozempic 1mg Pen

IV. Ozempic Dosing for Weight Loss

V. Ozempic 2mg Dose for Weight Loss

VI. Storing Ozempic

VII. Does Ozempic Need to be Refrigerated?

VIII. Ozempic Injection Sites

What is Ozempic Used For? 

Ozempic is a brand-name blood sugar medication that contains semaglutide. It is approved to improve blood glucose levels in adults with type 2 diabetes when used in combination with diet and exercise. Semaglutide may also be prescribed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems like stroke, heart attack, and heart disease.

Due to its appetite-reducing properties, Ozempic may be used off-label to assist in weight loss. Semaglutide has these three therapeutic effects because it is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 agonist). Canada Pharmacy Depot carries different dosage strengths to meet your treatment needs. Read on to learn more about Ozempic dosage strengths.

Ozempic Dosage for Blood Sugar

Semaglutide is administered through an injectable pen. Your doctor will show you how to inject semaglutide properly. Once you understand how the Ozempic pen works, you may safely give yourself injections from the comfort of your own home. Ozempic doses are measured as milligrams of medicine per milliliters of liquid solution. For example, a pre-filled Ozempic pen may contain 2 mg semaglutide/1.5 mL liquid solution. The most common dosage strengths for the Ozempic pen include:

  • 2 mg/1.5 mL (this dosage strength may be delivered in 0.25, 0.5, or 1 mg doses)
  • 4 mg/3mL (this dosage strength may be delivered in 1 mg doses)
  • 8 mg/3 mL (this strength is delivered in 2 mg doses)

For regulating blood sugar levels, your doctor will typically start you at 0.25 mg once weekly. This plan usually lasts for four weeks. Then, your doctor may gradually increase your dose to 0.5 mg and 1 mg at every four-week interval. Studies show that gradually increasing the dose as needed helps to reduce the risk of adverse gastrointestinal effects. [1] Always ensure you take the exact prescribed dose. Taking more than you are prescribed will only increase your risk of side effects and will not benefit your blood sugar.

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Ozempic 1mg Pen

As mentioned above, your doctor can increase your dose if he or she sees fit. But why would you need a stronger dose? Essentially, the 0.5 mg dose of semaglutide may not be strong enough to manage your blood sugar levels. So, after four weeks on the 0.5 mg dose, your doctor may prescribe 1 mg of Ozempic once a week.

While the Ozempic 1 mg pen is effective and well-tolerated by most patients, there is one stronger dose if 1 mg does not sufficiently help you regulate your blood sugar. The maximum dosage of 2 mg a week may increase the risk of side effects, but it is also the strongest available dose for patients who need it. However, your doctor will most likely always stick to the lowest effective strength, so if the 0.5 mg Ozempic pen works well, you may continue taking it for the duration of your treatment.

Ozempic Dosing for Weight Loss

What about the most effective dose of Ozempic for weight loss? In a recent study by the CFP (College of Family Physicians), researchers found that over a period of 68 weeks, 2.4 mg of semaglutide lead to an average of 10 to 15 percent of weight loss. This result is compared to the placebo, which only resulted in approximately two to three percent. In this study, 80 percent of participants lost more than five percent of their body weight. After stopping treatment, the lost weight was regained. [2] This study showed that semaglutide is effective for weight loss. Although not directly approved to treat obesity, your doctor may use Ozempic 2 mg doses as an off-label weight loss treatment.

Ozempic 2mg Dose for Weight Loss

The Ozempic 2 mg pen may be an off-label way of helping you with weight loss. Due to the potency of this dosage strength, it is important to avoid combining it with certain other medications. For example, the weight management drug Wegovy also contains semaglutide, so you should not take Ozempic and Wegovy together or serious side effects may occur. Other drugs you should avoid taking with Ozempic include furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, and levothyroxine.

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Storing Ozempic

According to Ozempic's official website, you should store your Ozempic pen at room temperature between 59°F to 86°F. This is the equivalent of 15°C to 30°C. [3] When storing the Ozempic pen, it is very important to keep the cap on the pen when not in use. Also, the Ozempic pen may be damaged by heat, so it is recommended that you store your semaglutide medication away from sources of excessive heat like sunlight. 

Does Ozempic Need to be Refrigerated?

You should avoid storing the Ozempic pen in a freezer or right next to the cooling mechanism in your refrigerator. This is because it is not recommended that you freeze Ozempic. You should not use Ozempic if it is or has ever been frozen. However, Ozempic's official website does suggest storing this medication in a refrigerator at temperatures between 36°F and 46°F (2°C to 8°C) before first use. After the first use, your semaglutide medication may be stored either at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

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Ozempic Injection Sites

Depending on any other health conditions you may have or medications that you take, your doctor may recommend a specific injection site. However, Ozempic is typically injected into the front of your thighs, the front of your abdomen, or the upper arms. You may want to rotate these injection sites so that you do not use the same area of the body too often. If you have any questions about where to inject semaglutide, talk to your healthcare provider. 

Many studies have attested to the efficacy and safety of Ozempic (semaglutide) for blood glucose management and weight loss. There are several medications for blood sugar on the market, so your doctor may talk to you about the pros and cons of Ozempic vs. other weight loss drugs before determining your treatment plan. Visit our Ozempic blog to learn more about this medication, or visit the Ozempic drug page at Canada Pharmacy Depot to place your order today

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