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What is Ozempic?

Monday 12 December 2022
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Table of Contents


I. How Does Ozempic Work?

II. Ozempic for Weight Loss

III. How to Use Ozempic Pen

IV. Where to Inject Ozempic

V. Is there an Ozempic Generic?

VI. Ozempic Side Effects

VII. Ozempic Dosing

VIII. Where to Buy Ozempic


If you are affected by type 2 diabetes, your doctor may prescribe an anti-diabetic drug called Ozempic. But what is this drug, how does it work, and is it insulin? Ozempic contains the active ingredient semaglutide, which belongs to a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1) agonists. Although Ozempic is not insulin, it does affect how the body releases and utilizes insulin.

Ozempic can be prescribed for several reasons. Typically, Ozempic is prescribed with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes. It is important to point out that semaglutide is not approved to treat type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.

Semaglutide may also be prescribed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications in adults with both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Finally, semaglutide may be used off-label method to decrease appetite and aid with weight loss. Online Canadian pharmacies like Canada Pharmacy Depot can help you save on Ozempic, but make sure to read on and learn more about the benefits and side effects of semaglutide before choosing your course of treatment.

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How Does Ozempic Work?

Essentially, when you consume food, GLP-1 is released in response. Semaglutide mimics the GLP-1 that naturally occurs in your body and improves blood sugar control by increasing the release of insulin when your blood glucose is high. When the body does not secrete sufficient GLP-1, obesity is more likely to occur. [1] When Ozempic is injected, it helps transport more glucose from the bloodstream to the cells, lowering overall blood sugar levels.

Ozempic starts working right after dosing, but that does not mean you will experience the full benefits of this medication immediately. It usually takes about four to five weeks after your first dose for the full effects of Ozempic to build up and reach its maximum potency. After this initial build-up period, there will be a consistent level of semaglutide in your body to regulate your blood glucose levels. If your blood sugar is still not under control after five weeks of treatment, speak to your physician as soon as you can.

The FDA has noted that semaglutide may not be safe if you are pregnant. Researchers think that Ozempic may cause adverse effects to the baby based on animal reproduction studies where the fetus was harmed from exposure to semaglutide during pregnancy. [2] Due to this risk, only use Ozempic during pregnancy if your doctor determines that the benefits outweigh the risks. Visit our Ozempic educational resources for more information on this medication.

Ozempic for Weight Loss

If you struggle with weight management or obesity, your doctor may prescribe semaglutide as an off-label way to aid in weight loss. Although Ozempic is not formally approved to help patients lose weight, one of the side effects of semaglutide is weight loss—even in those without diabetes. Obesity is a worldwide health problem, so a prescription drug that can cause weight loss is in high demand. But how exactly does semaglutide help with weight management?

A study published in the NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine) found that weekly semaglutide injections using the 2.4 mg dose, combined with lifestyle changes, were linked to successful weight loss in overweight or obese individuals. [3] The researchers in this study were able to find this conclusion using a double-blind trial with more than 1900 participants who had a BMI of 30 or greater. This study lasted a total of 68 weeks. Evidently, Ozempic may be effective in helping you lose weight, but you should still consult your doctor before taking Ozempic for weight loss.

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How to Use Ozempic Pen

This GLP-1 receptor agonist is administered through an injection pen. The Ozempic pen is injected subcutaneously, which simply means an injection into the fatty tissues underneath the skin. Subcutaneous injections are beneficial for this type of medication because they allow for the semaglutide to be absorbed into the bloodstream at a slow and steady rate.

This type of injection is typically safe, and you generally do not have to use much force as compared to intramuscular injections. Since the needle for subcutaneous injections is usually small and short, it should not hurt. Ask your doctor for ways to make the process easier if you experience pain or needle anxiety.

To use the Ozempic pen, first ensure you wash your hands thoroughly. Then, take the cap off the pen and check through the window that the solution is clear and colorless. After ensuring the solution is clear, put a new needle on the pen, as you will need to use a new one each time. Remove both the outer and inner needle caps.

If this is your first injection with a new pen, hold it pointing up and turn the dose counter to the "flow-check" symbol. Then, hold the dose button until the dose counter reaches "0." When you successfully do so, a drop of the Ozempic solution will appear at the tip of the needle. Once this is done, you can select your dose and prepare to inject.

Once the Ozempic pen is prepped and ready to go, wipe the skin of the injection site with an alcohol wipe. Insert the needle into the skin and hold the needle steady while pressing and holding the dose button until it shows "0." Then, count a full six seconds before removing the needle to get the full dose. Remember to discard the needle after use. Additionally, you should dispose of the Ozempic pen if the medication has expired.

Where to Inject Ozempic

Now that you know how an Ozempic pen works, where should you inject it? You can choose between injecting semaglutide in your belly (abdomen), thigh, or upper arms. However, doctors generally recommend switching the place of injection. Although the same area may be safe to inject, changing the injection site is the best practice.

Yes, Ozempic may be taken at any time of the day, but you should always take the injection on the same day each week. For example, you may inject semaglutide weekly every Wednesday. If you plan on switching up your routine and changing the day you inject Ozempic, leave at least two days between each injection to avoid having too much semaglutide in your system.

While it is safe to take Ozempic at any time of the day, having the injection at approximately the same time each day can help you remember. For patients needing help with changing their dosing routine, a doctor can provide tips for a smooth transition. Ozempic may be taken with or without food. If your doctor has prescribed Ozempic alongside insulin, it is safe to take it with insulin. Keep in mind, however, that Ozempic and insulin should be injected in different spots on the body.

Is there an Ozempic Generic? 

Currently, the manufacturers of Ozempic (Novo Nordisk) hold the patents to this brand-name anti-diabetic medication. These patents do not expire until December 2031 at the earliest. With hundreds of international patents as well, Novo Nordisk will likely be preventing generic versions from being produced in the next five to 10 years.

When these patents expire, other companies will get the go-ahead to produce generic semaglutide. Generic versions are a good way for patients to save money while benefiting from the same therapeutic effects as the brand-name drug. 

Although generic Ozempic will not be available in the near future, there are still ways you can save money on your prescription. Even without a generic, Canadian online pharmacies such as Canada Pharmacy Depot can help you save up to 90 percent on your treatment medications. 

Plus, generic versions of drugs are usually available in other countries first, so you will be one of the first to access generic semaglutide as a customer of Canada Pharmacy Depot when it is approved. As drug prices continue to skyrocket in the United States, join thousands of Americans in switching to an online Canadian pharmacy and experience significant savings, fast and discreet shipping, and excellent customer service today.

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Ozempic Side Effects

Ozempic may potentially cause mild to severe side effects. Milder side effects tend to resolve themselves, usually going away in a day or two. However, if any mild side effects persist and do not go away after two weeks, you may want to speak to your healthcare provider to prevent complications. The most common mild side effects of semaglutide include headache, stomach pain, and diarrhea. Other common Ozempic side effects may include:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Passing gas

Although semaglutide may cause severe side effects, they are rare. Before starting treatment, ask your doctor for a complete list of severe Ozempic side effects. Some of the serious health complications linked to semaglutide use are kidney damage, diabetic retinopathy, and pancreatitis. Other severe side effects of Ozempic may include:

  • Gallbladder disease
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Signs of a thyroid tumor, such as a hoarse voice and a lump in the neck

If any of these serious side effects occur, make sure to speak to your doctor as soon as possible. Without prompt treatment, these side effects may worsen and develop into life-threatening complications. The side effects mentioned here comprise a partial list. Talk to your doctor today for a complete list of the side effects associated with Ozempic.

Ozempic Dosing

The Ozempic pen generally comes in four dosage strengths. The right dose for you will depend on several factors, such as the severity of your condition and your treatment goals. When working with your doctor to decide on your treatment plan, ensure you communicate clearly whether you are looking for blood sugar management or weight loss. The Ozempic pen's four dosage strengths are as follows:

  • 2 mg semaglutide/1.5 mL solution
  • 2 mg semaglutide/3 mL solution
  • 4 mg semaglutide/3 mL solution
  • 8 mg semaglutide/3 mL solution

Ozempic is only offered as an injectable solution and is not available in pill form. For all Ozempic pens, there will be a printed expiration date on the package label. It is important to respect the expiration date and avoid using the Ozempic pen beyond this date. Your doctor may recommend storing the Ozempic pen in the refrigerator between 36°F and 46°F. Avoid storing the Ozempic pen with the needle attached. The needle should be discarded each time after use.

Where to Buy Ozempic

In the United States, the cost of Ozempic may be too high for many patients. Without insurance, the cost of semaglutide averages $2500 yearly. Even with coupons, this amount may be unaffordable for some. Without a generic version available yet, thousands of Americans are turning to online Canadian pharmacies like Canada Pharmacy Depot to save on Ozempic. By buying Ozempic from Canada, you can take advantage of the government regulations that keep drug prices low while getting the same therapeutic benefits! Visit the Ozempic drug page today to view the most updated prices.

In summary, semaglutide is an effective and well-tolerated way to manage blood glucose levels for most patients. It can also be used to assist overweight patients with weight loss by decreasing their appetite. Type 2 diabetes and obesity do not have to get in the way of living your life. Talk to your doctor today to find out if Ozempic injections are the right course of treatment for you.

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