Semaglutide, sold under the brand name Ozempic and Wegovy, is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists. It is primarily used to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes, by promoting insulin secretion and slowing gastric emptying. Additionally, it is also approved as an adjunct to diet and exercise for the treatment of obesity, in adults with a BMI ≥30 kg/m² or ≥27 kg/m² with at least one weight-related comorbidity.
Whether you are a candidate for semaglutide depends on your individual medical history and current health status. The best way to determine if semaglutide is appropriate for you is to consult with your doctor or healthcare provider. They will consider factors such as your blood sugar levels, weight, overall health, and any other medications you may be taking.
It's important to note that semaglutide is not recommended for use in people with type 1 diabetes or for those who have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer, or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2.
Additionally, semaglutide should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding, and it should be used with caution in people with a history of pancreatitis. Your doctor will be able to advise you on whether semaglutide is safe and appropriate for you based on your specific circumstances.