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Dear Luba: Ozempic

Dear Luba,

I can’t go anywhere without someone talking about Ozempic and how quickly they lost weight.

What are your thoughts on Ozempic?

Here are some facts to consider before running to your doctor:

● Ozempic may be the appropriate treatment for people with Type 2 diabetes or patients who are overweight and have health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease.

● Side effects of Ozempic- Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, increased heart rate, reflux, acute kidney injury.

● Do not use if you have a history of pancreatitis or history of MTC thyroid cancer.

● Not recommended for people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease.

● It can be costly and requires self-injection.

● Once you stop using Ozempic, your cravings come back. Studies have shown that one year after stopping Ozempic, participants regained two-thirds of their prior weight loss.

The safest way to lose and maintain weight is to do it gradually.

Yes, the good old-fashioned way 🙂

Luba Surman is a Doctor of Pharmacy and has been practicing as a registered pharmacist for 17 years. 

Using a holistic individualized approach to healthcare, wellness, and nutrition, she empowers and educates patients on how to achieve and lead a healthy lifestyle.