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What Is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is an injectable weight loss medication that is available under the brand name of Wegovy. Patients are provided with a minimal dose in the beginning, which is increased steadily until reaching a therapeutic dose.

Semaglutide falls under a medication class called GLP-1. Diabetics would use this type of drug when their normal medication was not working. Before being used in medical weight loss, Semaglutide was known to effectively lower blood sugar, which resulted in weight loss.

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How Does Semaglutide Work?

It is not entirely clear exactly how semaglutide works to cause weight loss, although certain effects are known. Semaglutide has been found to act on the hypothalamus area of the brain. The hypothalamus helps to regulate our metabolism, blood pressure, mood, sleep and libido. As it applies to semaglutide, the hypothalamus helps regulate our satiety, or sense of fullness.

Semaglutide works by affecting your food reward system so that your sense of fullness is prolonged. Patients on semaglutide routinely report that they have stopped craving their favorite unhealthy foods. This makes it much easier for them to choose healthier food options that allow them to lose weight.

Semaglutide slows down some of the activities of the gastrointestinal tract. In other words, this medication allows you to retain food in your stomach for a longer period of time, so that you feel full longer.

The Semaglutide Process

  • Medication ( i.e. Semaglutide)
  • Weekly Skinny Shot Lipotropic Injection
  • Nutritional, Dietary Supplementation & Lifestyle guidance
  • Monthly InBody Scans
  • Access to the Serotonin Coaching App
  • Your own personal Health Coach to assist achieving your goals

Is It Safe?

Although most medications have risk and side effects, semaglutide has been found to be relatively safe for the majority of patients. Most people with heart, liver, and kidney problems can safely use semaglutide.

Before you are prescribed semaglutide, your provider will consult with you to determine if you can take this medication safely.

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How Quickly Will I Start Losing Weight?

This question is somewhat difficult to answer, as each individual is a different case. For example, a patient could "out-eat" the medication and actually gain weight or hold a steady weight. This is one reason why it is important to combine your medication with exercise and sound nutrition choices.

Many semaglutide users find that they begin losing weight in the first week. It is not unusual to take a bit longer to begin losing weight, as your initial semaglutide dose will be fairly small while your body is still adjusting to the medication.

Patients taking part in a recent semaglutide study lost an average of 14.9% of their body weight over the 62-week duration of the study. Your individual weight loss may vary, depending upon a range of factors.

Your Consultation

If you are ready to learn if you qualify for weight loss treatment with semaglutide, please contact Serotonin Centers today to schedule your convenient semaglutide consultation.

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