Ozempic Pen

Ozempic Pen

  • Ozempic (semaglutide) is a GLP-1 receptor prescription medication primarily used for diabetes but is also known for its weight loss benefits.
  • The injection should be administered once a week, preferably on the same day and time, and can be taken at any time of day regardless of meals. Missed doses should be taken within 5 days or skipped if more time has passed.
  • Ozempic is available in different dosages (0.25mg, 0.5mg, and 1mg), and the starting dose for weight loss is 0.25mg, which can be increased to 0.5mg after 4 weeks of stability. The 1mg dose is only necessary for some individuals.
  • To maximise the results of Ozempic, it is recommended to follow a low-calorie diet, avoid certain foods, and engage in regular exercise, support for this is available with certain aftercare plans.
  • Proper storage of the Ozempic pen involves refrigerating unopened pens and keeping opened pens in the refrigerator or below 30°C. Correct disposal of needles and pens is crucial, using provided sharps bins and contacting the local council for collection.

Ozempic ( Semaglutide ) is an injectable prescription drug designed as a diabetes medicine but later caught attention for its weight loss benefits (also referred to as a Skinny Jab ). In a clinical trial with 1961 patience, the average change in body weight from the starting point to week 68 was a decrease of 14.9%, whereas, in the placebo group, was a decrease of 2.4%. 86.4% of Semaglutide patience lost 5% or more weight.

 

How to buy an Ozempic pen

Ozempic can be purchased in a variety of ways, either by pen for £125-£175 (depending on dose) or as part of a subscription program from £199 a month. 

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How to use an Ozempic Pen

The Ozempic injection needs to be administered once weekly, preferably on the same day and time each week. However, if you have to change the day you take it, you can as long as your last dose was at least 2 days prior. You can inject it at any time of day, regardless of meals. If you miss a dose of Ozempic, take the missed dose as soon as possible within 5 days after the missed dose. If more than 5 days have passed, skip the missed dose, and take your next dose on your regularly scheduled day.

Ozempic (semaglutide) is available in 3 different dosages: 0.25, 0.5 and 1mg. The doses can be differentiated based on the colour label of the pen.

  • 0.25mg – grey-label pen
  • 0.5mg – red-label pen
  • 1mg – blue-label pen

For weight loss, the starting dose is 0.25mg. Once you are stable and don’t experience any less common side effects, for 4 weeks, it can then be increased to the 0.5mg maintenance dose. It’s possible to be prescribed the 1mg dose after 4 weeks of being stable on the 0.5mg dose, but only some people need the 1mg dose.

How to maximise Ozempic results 

It’s important to remember that Ozempic isn’t a magic pill that will work wonders for your body weight. To get the most out of your GLP-1 medication you are advised to follow a low-calorie diet as well as avoiding certain foods.  Partaking in regular physical activity is another vital element to a successful weight loss journey. Knowing what foods to eat and what exercise is right for you can be daunting, but you can get support on some aftercare plans.

Storing and Disposing of the Ozempic pen 

Any unopened Ozempic pen should be kept in the refrigerator between 2°C – 8°C. Once opened, you can keep the pen in the refrigerator or temperatures below 30°C. Keep the pens away from direct sunlight and keep the lid on the pen. Storing your pen correctly will prevent the solution inside from becoming cloudy or discoloured. Regularly check that the liquid is clear and colourless. If it is cloudy or discoloured, discard the pen. Your pen will be delivered in insulated packaging to ensure it stays cold.

It’s equally important to correctly dispose of the pens, you must throw away needles into the sharps bin that your prescriber has provided. Once it is full, you can contact your local council and they will collect it. The pen itself can be given to your local pharmacy, which will have dedicated clinical waste disposal facilities, Do not throw any needles or medication with your household waste.

Before taking Ozempic medication 

It’s important to talk through your medical history with your medical professional to make sure the medicine is safe for you. You should not use this medicine if you have multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (tumours in your glands), or a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer. In animal studies, this medicine caused thyroid tumours or thyroid cancer. It is not known whether these effects would occur in people.

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to semaglutide or any other ingredients in this medicine. Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had:

  • a stomach or intestinal disorder;
  • pancreatitis;
  • kidney disease
  • eye problems caused by diabetes (retinopathy).
  • heart disease/heart attack
  • thyroid tumours

Pregnancy

Stop using this medicine at least 2 months before you plan to get pregnant. Controlling diabetes is very important during pregnancy, as is gaining the right amount of weight. Even if you are overweight, losing weight during pregnancy could cause potential risks for the unborn baby.

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