Semaglutide is generally well-tolerated, but like all medications, it can cause side effects. The most common side effects of semaglutide include:
Nausea: Some patients may experience mild to moderate nausea, particularly when starting treatment with semaglutide. This side effect typically subsides over time.
Diarrhea: Some patients may experience diarrhea as a side effect of semaglutide.
Stomach pain: Some patients may experience stomach pain or discomfort.
Constipation: Some patients may experience constipation.
Headache: Some patients may experience headaches as a side effect of semaglutide.
Allergic reactions: Rarely, patients may experience an allergic reaction to semaglutide. Symptoms can include hives, itching, rash, and difficulty breathing.
Pancreatitis: Pancreatitis is a rare but serious side effect of semaglutide and other GLP-1 receptor agonists. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever.
It's important to notify your healthcare provider if you experience any side effects while taking semaglutide. Also, if you have a history of pancreatitis or renal impairment, you should use semaglutide with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional.