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Wegovy Dosing

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Summary

Wegovy, an injectable prescription for obesity, requires gradual dosage escalation. Check the pen for expiry, damage, and clear doses before use. Rotate injection sites, clean the skin, and take missed doses within 48 hours or skip and continue.

Contact your healthcare provider if you miss two doses. Overdosing may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and seek medical help if suspected. Lowering the dose may be needed for persistent side effects.

Wegovy (active Ingredient is semaglutide) injection is a 2.4 mg injectable pen prescribed as a weight loss medication that may help adults with obesity. Like most medications containing Semaglutide, it is advised to build up your dosage to minimise any gastrointestinal adverse reactions.

Dose-escalation schedule

 Week 1-4  0.25 mg ( starting dose )
Week 5-9 0.5 mg
Week 9-13 1 mg
Week 14-17 1.7 mg
Maintenance dose  2.4 mg (maximum dose)

How to take Wegovy?

Wegovy is to be taken once a week, taking Wegovy is a simple and easy process, but there are a few key steps to ensure the best results. Firstly, make sure that the pen has not expired so as not to encounter issues with effectiveness and potential side effects. Secondly, inspect the pen for any damage or breaks; in this case, it might be best to replace it as soon as possible. Lastly, check through the window on top of the pen that all doses remain inside, and are still clear and colourless.

Firstly, determine the injection site for the medication. You have three options: the front of your upper thighs, upper arms, or lower abdomen (tummy). Avoid injecting in the following areas:

– Any skin within 2 inches (6cm) of your belly button.
– Scars
– Stretch marks
– Bruised areas
– Red or inflamed skin
– Hard areas of skin
– Tender areas

While it’s acceptable to inject into the same body part each week, ensure that you vary the exact spot to prevent tissue damage and complications. Before administering Wegovy, wipe down your skin with an alcohol wipe. For a new pen, checking the flow before injecting any medication is necessary.

To perform a flow check, select the flow check symbol (two dots) using the dose selector. Hold the pen with the needle pointing straight up, and press and hold the dose button on the pen’s end. A drop of medicine should appear on the needle’s tip. If it doesn’t, repeat the flow check once more. If you don’t see a droplet, try a new needle and perform another flow check. If there is still no luck your pen might be faulty, and you should request a replacement. Do not use a faulty pen.

Next, choose the dose prescribed for you, and make sure you keep track of your escalation. Insert the needle into your chosen area, making sure the dose counter is visible. Press and hold the dose button until the counter goes to 0. Remove the needle from your skin.

Missed dose of Wegovy

If you forget to administer your weekly injection of Wegovy and it has been less than 48 hours, administer the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if your next dose is within the next 48 hours, skip the missed dose and proceed with your next weekly dose at the regular time. This will allow you to maintain your weekly schedule.

If you miss your weekly Wegovy injections for two consecutive weeks, it’s best to reach out to your healthcare provider to help you get back on your dosing schedule. To help remember to inject your dose of Wegovy on time, consider using a medication reminder, this could be an alarm or a notification in your calendar.

Wagovy overdose 

If you have taken too much Wegovy, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects. Commonly reported symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and bloating. It is also important to note that taking too much Wegovy can increase the risk of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Symptoms may include shaking, nausea and a rapid heartbeat.

It is essential to take the right dosage of Wegovy as this medication can help manage glucose levels for diabetes patients. If you believe that you may have taken an incorrect or excessive dose, reach out to your healthcare provider immediately to discuss how best to proceed with any corrective measures that are appropriate for your case. Monitor all glucose levels closely and watch out for any additional symptoms while following up with additional medical advice if necessary.

Can I Take a Lower Dose of Wegovy?

Taking a lower dose of semaglutide might be necessary if your body is having a hard time adjusting to the prescribed dose. If you are having common side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and bloating that haven’t gone away naturally for more than 4 weeks, you might want to consult your healthcare provider about lowering the weekly dose.

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