- Ozempic is prescribed for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, or a BMI of 27 or above with weight-related medical conditions.
- Contraindications for Ozempic include diabetic retinopathy, low blood sugar, gallbladder disease, acute pancreatitis, kidney disease, medullary thyroid cancer or family history of such cancer, multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2, being under 18 years old, or being pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Ozempic is not currently offered as a weight loss medication by the NHS, but it is available for patients with type 2 diabetes and specific weight-related problems.
- The cost of a 30-day supply of Ozempic varies depending on the dose and whether it is covered by the NHS or obtained through a private prescription.
- It is recommended to take Ozempic for the long term, as discontinuing the medication can lead to weight regain, based on a study showing that patients regained two-thirds of the lost weight after a year without the drug.
How do you qualify for Ozempic?
Ozempic is prescribed for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. You can use our BMI calculator to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria. Additionally, if you have a BMI of 27 or above and suffer from specific weight-related medical conditions, you may also qualify for Ozempic. Feel free to reach out to our team for further discussion.
However, there are certain contraindications to consider, as Ozempic may not be suitable if you have any of the following conditions: diabetic retinopathy (a diabetes-related eye/vision problem), low blood sugar, gallbladder disease, acute inflammation of the pancreas, kidney disease or decreased kidney function, medullary thyroid cancer or a family history of such cancer, multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2, if you are under 18 years old, or if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
Is Ozempic available on the NHS?
Ozempic isn’t currently offered as a weight loss medication by the NHS, however, it is available for patients with type 2 diabetes. The National Institute for Health and Care and Excellence (NICE) has recommended the taking of semaglutide with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity to adults who have at least 1 weight-related comorbidity and a body mass index (BMI) of at least 35kg/m2.
How much is a 30-day supply of Ozempic?
The cost of Semaglutide in the UK varies depending on the dose and where it is purchased. As it can be a prescription medication, the National Health Service (NHS) may cover the cost if the patient meets certain criteria. However, if Semaglutide is not covered by the NHS, you will need a private prescription.
Is Ozempic taken forever
It’s advised to take Ozempic for the long term, not just a few months. You need to give your stomach enough time to get used to the smaller portion sizes before coming off the appetite suppression medication. A study of hundreds of Ozempic takers released in 2022 found that after a year without the drug, patients regained two-thirds of the weight they had lost.
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