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Ozempic & Weight Loss

Diabetes Drug "Ozempic" used for weight loss


This is not a medically-reviewed article; however, from, we are not recommending the use of Ozempic for any diabetes treatment or otherwise. This article outlines some of the conditions experienced by people using Ozempic for weight loss, which should be discussed with your doctor before using.

What is Ozempic?

This Ozempic is an injectable medication produced by drug manufacturer Novo Nordisk. It is administered by injection once a week, and contains semaglutide, which is similar to the GLP-1 hormone naturally produced in the intestines, explained Dr. Jordanna Kapeluto, an endocrinologist and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia.

Please note that Ozempic was approved in 2018 by Health Canada for diabetes treatment. It has not been approved anywhere in the world for use as a weight-loss drug.

There are, however, "exceptions to the rule," and some doctors are able to use Ozempic to treat obesity and weight loss in certain circumstances.

Ozempic is a medication for people with Type 2 diabetes, but is being used by people to shed pounds. Recently CTV News did a story on the subject, interviewing more than 100 people. They reported losing significant weight, up to as much as one kilogram per week.

The more than 100 people ranged in age from 19 years - 75 years, all suffering from obesity, and having been prescribed Ozempic for weight loss by their doctor.

Side Effects?

Many of the users of Ozempic say they have suffered from nausea and vomiting. The manufacturer, suggests on their website that common side- effects could be nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, bloating, diarrhea, stomach pain and constipation. As well, the drug can cause more serious problems such as pancreatitis and kidney failure.


Ozempic. A wonder drug or one fraught with danger? At all we can suggest is that it might be right for some people to be used for weight loss, but only your doctor knows best.

Is it a "quick fix?" At, we cannot suggest one way or other. We have never recommended to anyone that they see their doctor to begin the once-per-week injection program, but that is a personal choice. We rather take the approach of working with clients on developing reasonable and sustainable habits, including low-impact exercise and quality diabetes diets, which should be done even if beginning Ozempic treatments.

Ozempic as a weight-loss drug? That is totally your choice and best wishes from

Wayne Drury was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes more than one year. He quickly discovered there was scant diabetes information providing a roadmap to a better quality of life living with diabetes.

With his passion for learning, helping and providing Expertise, Authoritativeness and Trust (E-A-T) to the diabetes community, Damndiabetes began. A boutique firm in Vancouver, they live and breathe the consequences of treating diabetes daily. If you wish help with your diabetes management, are frustrated and have nowhere to turn, call on Damndiabetes and experience their EAT today. We are always happy to help.

Disclaimer of Medical Advice: Statements and opinions expressed on this Website do not constitute medical advice or recommendations. You should not rely on any information in such posts or comments to replace consultations and decisions with qualified healthcare professionals.

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