What are Ozempic Pens?
Ozempic pens are a weekly injectable medicine designed for weight loss in people who are obese (with a BMI that is over 30). They are also known as weight loss pens, weight loss injections, and skinny jab.
Who can use the Ozempic “skinny jab”?
Ozempic is licensed for adults with type 2 diabetes. It can be used for weight loss, however, please be aware it is unlicensed for this use and must be prescribed by a qualified prescriber.
DO NOT use if you are allergic to Semaglutide or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
It is NOT recommended for people:
- Aged over 75 years
- With heart failure
- With severe stomach or gut problems (e.g. gastroparesis or inflammatory bowel disease)
- Who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- BMI below 27
How does Weight Loss Injection work?
Ozempic is designed to suppress your appetite. It contains the active ingredient Semaglutide, which mimics the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Semaglutide helps regulate blood sugar by decreasing the production of insulin-opposing glucagon. This slows down the emptying of the stomach, meaning you feel fuller for longer.
Is Ozempic Effective for Weight Loss?
Yes. That’s the short answer. The effectiveness of Ozempic for weight loss has been proven in clinical trials.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2021 examined the impact of Semaglutide on 1961 adults with a BMI over 30 or a BMI over 27 with a weight-related condition. The participants were monitored for 68 weeks, with half taking Semaglutide and the other half taking a placebo. The results showed that those who took Semaglutide combined with a healthy diet and exercise lost 14.9% of their body weight, while those who took the placebo only lost 2.4%. This significant difference in weight loss demonstrates the effectiveness of Semaglutide.
Q: Why do I need a prescription for Ozempic in the UK?
A: Ozempic is a Prescription Only Medication. The use for weight loss is unlicensed. A doctor or qualified health professional must check if you are suitable to use it. A prescription must be issued before you can buy Ozempic.
Q: Is Ozempic Licensed for Weight Loss in the UK?
A: Ozempic is only authorized for controlling blood sugar in individuals with type 2 diabetes in the UK, and has not been approved for weight loss. However, the active ingredient in Ozempic, semaglutide, is also present in Wegovy, which has been approved for weight loss in overweight or obese adults in the UK.
So at present, Ozempic is licensed in the treatment of diabetes and is being used off-license for weight loss. This means that if you want to use this drug for weight loss, a Doctor or a clinician will have to approve and prescribe it. Our online prescribing service can do this for you if this is an appropriate medication for you.
Q: Is it okay to use Ozempic when breastfeeding?
A: You cannot use Ozempic when breastfeeding.