Wegovy vs Ozempic Q/A
At Vive Ageless Weight Loss Center, Rafael Olartecoechea and his team of specialists offer comprehensive weight loss options, including Wegovy and Ozempic. These prescription medications are useful for people who want to lose weight. Wegovy targets appetite hormones, whereas Olympic modulates blood sugar and lowers appetite. If you’re interested, please reach out to us for personalized help on the option that is ideal for you. We will evaluate the benefits of each and select their suitability based on your individual needs and health profile. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Coral Gables, FL, and Pinecrest FL.
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What is better for weight loss with Ozempic or Wegovy?
Is there any difference between Ozempic and Wegovy?
What are the requirements to qualify for Wegovy?
How much weight can you lose in a month with Wegovy?
There is much debate regarding which of the two drugs, Ozempic or Wegovy, is the more effective choice for weight loss. They are each GLP-1 receptor agonists, however, they often differ when it comes to their primary uses. Ozempic is largely used for managing type 2 diabetes, but weight loss is a reported side effect. Wegovy is specifically targeted for weight management and is generally used in a larger dose. Clinical trials back the FDA’s approval for each drug, as Wegovy is more effective in aiding weight loss than Ozempic; however, this may be because Wegovy is typically given in a higher dose than Ozempic. Again, it is not uncommon for Ozempic to tackle both the issues of type 2 diabetes and weight loss for a single person, while Wegovy is generally the better choice for weight loss specifically. More generally, unless explicitly stated by a physician, it is a safe bet to stick with each drug for what the FDA approves them for.
Wegovy and Ozempic are each brand names of the drug semaglutide, and while they are the same drug, the FDA has approved each for different purposes. The primary use of Ozempic is to manage type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar. One of the reported side effects of Ozempic, however, is weight loss, which is why it is sometimes considered for weight loss programs. On the other hand, Wegovy is a drug specifically approved by the FDA as a weight loss medication and not for diabetes. In addition to their differing primary uses, Wegovy is often given in a higher dosage than Ozempic, with Wegovy getting up to 2.4 mg per week while Ozempic may maximize at 2 mg per week. Despite the branding, usage, and dosage differences, the drugs are functionally the same when it comes to how they aid weight loss: they each decrease a person’s appetite and give the sensation of a full stomach for a longer period. Reaching out to a physician who specializes in the area of weight loss can be of great benefit to you if you are still curious about each of the medications.
It should be known that not everyone can be prescribed Wegovy to help manage their weight. One of the requirements for Wegovy is a measured 30 or greater body mass index (BMI). Those possessing a BMI of 27 or higher and a weight-influenced medical condition (commonly high blood pressure or cholesterol) may also be prescribed Wegovy. On the contrary, there are some situations where Wegovy and semaglutide, in general, might not be the best option for weight loss, particularly for the following people: those with a family or medical history of certain thyroid cancers (MTC specifically), those with the endocrine system condition of Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome Type 2 (MEN 2), or women who are pregnant. To obtain Wegovy, or any semaglutide treatment for that matter, a physician prescription is required. Because of this, it is highly advised to meet with your physician regarding starting weight loss treatments to ensure that it is not only safe but also the appropriate route to take for your circumstances.
The amount of weight loss from a given month of Wegovy usage will differ for everyone as several variables contribute to weight loss. A person’s starting weight, diet, exercise, and natural response to the treatment are all aspects that affect weight loss. Most people can expect to lose half a pound or more per week from the very beginning; however, realistic expectations should be in place as weight loss is not a uniform distribution per month. It may even be the case that a person loses less weight in their first month, as a physician may recommend a smaller dosage initially. Overall, though, the numerous clinical trials support the idea that people generally see a 15% decrease in body weight from their starting weight over 68 months.
Discover successful weight loss options with Wegovy and Ozempic at Vive Ageless Weight Loss Center. Come to us to learn more and find the ideal fit for your weight loss quest. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Coral Gables, FL, and Pinecrest FL. We serve clients from Coral Gables FL, Miami FL, Pinecrest FL, South Miami FL, Coconut Grove FL, Brickell FL, Kendall FL, Richmond Heights FL, and Westchester FL.