Weight loss with diabetes drugs: Ozempic as a slimmer

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Weight loss support: With Ozempic, this should be possible, according to TikTok users. Pharmacists are now warning of the consequences for diabetes patients.

From fashion, makeup to nutrition tips: not all TikTok trends are harmless. The diabetes drug Ozempic, with the active ingredient semaglutide, is currently experiencing hype that may have dangerous consequences for diabetics like them German Pharmaceutical Journal (DAZ) informed. Ozempic is approved as a medicine for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and for long-term weight management. “Ozempic is a diabetes medication used alongside diet and exercise to treat adults whose type 2 diabetes is not adequately controlled,” he says. European Medicines Agency EMA. Again Pharmaindex Yellow List informed, requires a prescription and is offered as an injection in a pre-filled pen. Administered once a week, the active ingredient semaglutide in Ozempic stimulates the body to release insulin, which helps control blood sugar levels. This effect prevents, for example, the appetite, which makes the product interesting from the point of view of body weight control.

According to the German Society of Endocrinology, semaglutide can help with weight loss, “because semaglutide leads to a weight loss of about 15 percent even in people without diabetes,” the company claims. DAZ cited. The active ingredient is increasingly being used “off label” in overweight people. This puts the care of diabetics at risk DAZ. And possible side effects should also be taken seriously.

Ozempic is a medicine prescribed for people with diabetes. But there are also people who use it to lose weight. © Remko de Waal/Imago

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Diabetes drug Ozempic promoted by TikTok users as a weight loss product

The problem is not new. Diabetes medications are abused over and over again and used solely for weight loss. That’s how it happened German pharmacy newspaper according to the beginning of the year due to a lack of supplies of Trulicity with the active ingredient dulaglutide, which also reduce body weight be able to

TikTok also contributes to diabetes products being used as lifestyle drugs. About six months ago, the viral TikTok trend led to a shortage of the diabetes drug Ozempic in Australia. TikTok users advertised the drug as a weight loss product. And currently, the TikTok hype is causing problems in the delivery of Ozempics like these DAZ informed in November 2022. In the post he cites DAZ Professor Schneider:

There (editor’s note: In the USA), the prescription diabetes drug Ozempic is used very heavily off-label, i.e. without approval, for weight loss; also because many celebrities like Elon Musk are heavily promoting it. The #Ozempic hashtag alone has been shared 350 million times on social media.

Side effects of Ozempic

Off-label use (use of drugs for diseases for which the drug authorities have not approved the product) is dangerous, especially with regard to bottlenecks in supply. In the worst case, diabetics can no longer get the best possible care if drugs like Ozempic are not on the market. Taking Ozempic can be dangerous if not under medical supervision. There are possible interactions with other drugs and side effects, including EMA and Yellow list according to:

  • diarrhea, vomiting and nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • constipation
  • gallstones
  • Exhaustion syndrome (fatigue)
  • dizziness
  • taste disorders
  • Serious to life-threatening side effects: inflammation of the pancreas, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), kidney problems including kidney failure, thyroid tumors and cancer, vision problems (diabetic retinopathy), and severe allergic reactions

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