A Weekly Jab?

You may have seen the press coverage in February 2021. Semaglutide, branded as Ozempic, has shown promising results for weight loss in clinical trials, with 75% of participants losing over 10% of their body weight in conjunction with a reduced calorie intake.

 

This has prompted a rise in demand for the new weekly version of Saxenda (Liraglutide), however it is not yet licensed for weight loss in the UK. It was licensed for weight loss in the USA in June 2021 under the brand name Wegovy.

What is the difference?

There are several key differences between Saxenda & Ozempic.

  • You inject once a week, rather than daily.

  • The weekly has been shown to be more effective for the long run in clinical studies.

  • Clients appear to build up less resistance to the weekly jab.

  • The daily jab (Saxenda) is licensed for weight loss; the weekly (Ozempic) is not.

What is it?

Like the daily, the medication comes as a pre-filled injectable pen. You inject yourself in an area where you can pinch a good amount of meat (aka subcutaneous fat). This can be the stomach area, the notorious love handle areas, top of the thighs or even the bottom! You use a CLEAN and NEW needle once a week, disposing of the needle after each injection.

It contains the active ingredient Semaglutide. Semaglutide is similar to Liraglutide, mimicking a hormone in the body called glucagon-like-peptide-1 (GLP-1). This is an appetite hormone that helps regulate your hunger and is released by the intestines after a meal. The medication therefore helps you feel fuller and less hungry.

Your starting dose is discussed during consultation and any changes in your dosing will be reviewed regularly as your body adjusts to the medication.

It is used as an adjunct to a calorie controlled diet and light exercise. 

What about side effects?

Like any new medication introduced to your body, your body will have to adjust to it. These side effects are generally mild and are transient - which means they will go after a few days once your body has adjusted.

Side effects can include:

  • Nausea

  • Headaches

  • Dry mouth / thirst

  • Constipation or loose stool

  • Tiredness

Some clients experience no side effects. Some experience one side effect. Some experience two side effects. Everyone is different and it is difficult to predict. However, during the consultation we go through the side effects & how to deal with them. We also send you aftercare information on how to deal with any potential side effects and the Patient Information Leaflet, which goes into greater detail.

What were the results?

During the clinical trials by the manufacturer, the average weight loss has been calculated as between 10lbs and 18lbs. Everyone is different, so your weight loss may be more or less. Try not to compare yourself to others losing weight - focus on yourself, your goals and your progress.

For more detailed results, please click here.

Who is suitable?

The weekly jab is suitable for the vast majority of people. Our team will assess you on an individual basis, taking into account a range of factors, such as:

  • Your BMI

  • Your medical history

  • Your current medication

  • Body measurements

  • Current diet & eating habits

  • Current exercise levels

  • Other methods you have already tried

  • and more

 

The programme is NOT suitable for:

 

  • Under 18's or Over 75's

  • Ladies who are breastfeeding or pregnant or actively trying to get pregnant.

  • Anyone who has had pancreatitis or thyroid tumours

  • Anyone with a history or direct family history of MEN2

  • Type 1 diabetics or patients taking diabetic medication

  • Renal (kidney) or liver disease

  • Anyone with heart failure