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Indicated for diabetes management but can aid in weight loss as off label.

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Ozempic - Rightangled
Ozempic - Rightangled
Ozempic - Rightangled
Ozempic - Rightangled
Ozempic - Rightangled

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  • Type of medicine

    GLP-1 receptor agonist

  • Effective within

    Within a few weeks.

  • Works by

    Reduces blood sugar and slows food passage.

  • Active ingredient


  • Strength

    Available in 0.25mg, 0.5mg and 1mg

  • Common side effects

    Nausea, diarrhea, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), stomach discomfort, and gastrointestinal upset.

  • Generic


  • Use with alcohol

    Avoid excessive alcohol consumption; consult doctor for guidance



Ozempic (Semaglutide) is an injectable drug used to treat type 2 diabetes and it has a weight loss effect by reducing appetite and promoting feelings of fullness. It works by mimicking the effects of naturally occurring glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), which is a hormone that regulates appetite and glucose levels in the body. Ozempic is not indicated for Weight loss in the UK and is currently prescribed off-label. 

The injection pen should be used as part of a comprehensive weight loss program that includes a healthy diet and physical activity.

Patients should always talk to their doctor about their medical history, any existing conditions, and potential drug interactions before starting treatment with Ozempic.



Administer this medication through subcutaneous injections once a week. Begin with an initial dose of 0.25 mg for the first four weeks, then increase to 0.5 mg weekly. Based on your blood sugar control, your doctor may adjust the dose further to 1 mg or 2 mg once a week. Always follow your healthcare provider's specific guidance.


Each pre-filled pen of Ozempic® contains a solution of semaglutide, with each dose delivering a specific quantity of semaglutide. The solution also includes additional ingredients such as disodium phosphate dihydrate, propylene glycol, phenol, water for injections, and sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid for pH adjustment.

Side effects

As with any medication, Ozempic® may have potential side effects. Common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). More serious but rare side effects may include complications of diabetic eye disease (retinopathy), inflamed pancreas (acute pancreatitis), severe allergic reactions, and delayed gastric emptying. It is crucial to discuss any side effects with your healthcare provider.


Prior to using Ozempic®, it's essential to consult your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse, especially if you have type 1 diabetes, a history of diabetic ketoacidosis, or other medical conditions. Be cautious of potential interactions with other medications, such as warfarin or oral anticoagulants. Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals should seek medical advice before using this medicine.

Patient information leaflet

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Can Ozempic® be used as a standalone treatment for diabetes?

Ozempic® can be used on its own if your blood sugar is not well controlled by diet and exercise alone and if you cannot use metformin. However, your healthcare provider may also prescribe it in combination with other diabetes medications if needed.

What is the recommended dosage for Ozempic?

Ozempic is typically administered once a week. Your healthcare provider will determine the appropriate dosage based on your individual needs and response to the treatment.

How does Ozempic® compare to other diabetes medications like insulin?

Ozempic® is not an insulin; it belongs to a class of medications called GLP-1 receptor agonists. It helps lower blood sugar levels by stimulating the release of insulin and reducing glucagon secretion. It can be used as an alternative or in combination with other diabetes medications, including insulin.

Can Ozempic® be used by pregnant or breastfeeding individuals?

Ozempic® should not be used during pregnancy, and breastfeeding individuals should avoid using it, as its effects on unborn children and breast milk are not well understood. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, consult your doctor for guidance on diabetes management.

How does Ozempic® interact with other medications?

Ozempic® may interact with certain medications, such as warfarin or insulin. It's important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications, including over-the-counter and herbal products, you are taking before starting Ozempic®. Your doctor will provide guidance on potential interactions and necessary adjustments.

Medically reviewed and published

This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead |

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