Wegovy for weight loss requires a prescription from a licensed doctor. Using the Invigor Medical telewellness platform, you can get a Wegovy prescription online from a licensed doctor if they believe Wegovy is the best weight loss medication for you. After completing the medical forms and speaking with a licensed doctor, your Wegovy prescription will be sent to one of our partnered pharmacies, all packaged as part of the treatment plan cost.
Wegovy is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medication for chronic weight management. It is to be used in conjunction with a low-calorie diet and exercise. Wegovy is manufactured by the Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, a company that also manufactures Rybelsus and Ozempic, which are also brand name medications for semaglutide. Unlike Wegovy, Rybelsus and Ozempic are approved to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Wegovy is self-administered once weekly by subcutaneous (under the skin) injection. It is intended for people with either
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Wegovy is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue. It mimics the activity of GLP-1 in your body. GLP-1 is released by cells in the small intestine after you eat. It binds to GLP-1 receptors throughout the body.
Wegovy (a GLP-1 analogue) binds to receptors in your brain, stomach, and pancreas and induces weight loss by:
When you feel full for longer and are less hungry, you are likely to eat less and lose weight.
The FDA-approved Wegovy based on the outcomes of the Semaglutide Treatment Effect in People with Obesity (STEP) clinical trials. The initial STEP series comprised four 68-week, randomized, double-blind clinical trials that enrolled approximately 4,500 adults who were overweight or obese according to BMI guidelines.
Clinical trial participants either received Wegovy or a placebo. Those who received Wegovy lost an average of 15% of their body weight, translating to about 34 pounds lost. The placebo group participants lost about 2.5% of their body weight, about six pounds. These clinical trials demonstrated Wegovy’s safety and effectiveness. STEPs 5-8 are in progress or completed, as are STEP TEENS and the Semaglutide Effects on Heart Disease and Stroke in Patients with Overweight or Obesity (SELECT) Wegovy research clinical trial.
Prescription Wegovy is available in five strengths:
Each Wegovy pen is a single-use pen that is designed for injection just under the skin. The pen is already loaded with the prescribed dose. Your Wegovy prescription will give dosage instructions, but typically you will use a gradually increasing dose until you reach the maintenance dose of 2.4 mg weekly.
The standard dosing schedule is:
Once you reach the 2.4 mg weekly dose, you have completed the escalation process and will stay on the maintenance dose. Inject the dose on the same day of the week.
Wegovy, like all medications, has side effects. When you fill out your medical forms on the Invigor Medical, it is important to provide as much information as possible about your medical history and any medications or supplements you are taking.
The most common side effects associated with the GLP-1 drugs, including Wegovy, and the percent of people experiencing them in clinical trials:
Although clinical trials are as comprehensive as possible, they can’t check for every interaction. Therefore, it is important to discuss any side effects you experience with your doctor. A dosage change may be needed to reduce the severity of a side effect, such as nausea or diarrhea.
In the STEPs clinical trials, 5.8% of patients taking Wegovy and 11.6% of patients taking a placebo discontinued treatment due to side effects.
To try Wegovy for weight loss, you will need to consult with a licensed doctor and get a prescription. You can talk with a licensed physician right on the Invigor Medical telewellness platform. If the doctor determines that you are a suitable candidate for Wegovy, they can send your Wegovy prescription to one of our partner pharmacies and have it filled—all online.
Because of the high demand for Wegovy and problems with their contract manufacturing site, Novo Nordisk could not keep up with the demand for Wegovy. However, they expect to be able to supply all doses consistently in the second half of 2022. They are also making plans for additional production capacity in 2023.
Invigor Medical offers several medications and supplements to help you manage your weight. If you are considering weight management medication as part of your lifestyle plan to manage your weight, start a weight management treatment plan today!
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