Ozempic is a brand name for the drug semaglutide, which is a medication used to manage blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. GLP-1 is a hormone that helps to regulate blood sugar levels by increasing insulin production and decreasing glucagon production (a hormone that increases blood sugar levels) in the pancreas.
Ozempic is administered through an injection and is usually prescribed as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan that may also include diet, exercise, and other medications.
It’s important to note that Ozempic is not for the treatment of type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. As with any medication, it can cause side effects, which your healthcare provider should discuss with you.
The FDA approved Ozempic in 2017 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults. It has also been studied for its effects on weight loss and cardiovascular health. Please consult with a healthcare provider for specific medical advice.