Frequently Asked Questions
What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is a revolutionary GLP-1 receptor agonist that was originally developed for patients with Type 2 diabetes, but when providers and pharmaceutical developers noticed how much weight their patients were losing, they began to study semaglutide exclusively for weight loss. A series of clinical trials known as the STEP clinical trials demonstrated that almost 90% of patients lost 5% or more of their body weight. There is no other weight loss drug on the market that compares. In June of 2022, the FDA approved semaglutide for weight loss.
Who is not a candidate for Semaglutide at May Aesthetics?
- < 18 years old
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
- Hypersensitivity to Semaglutide or any components of this medication
- Personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma
- History of multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome
- History of pancreatitis
- End stage renal disease (on dialysis)
- Type 2 diabetic patients that are on insulin or a sulfonylurea
- Patients with diabetic retinopathy
- Patients with that are on several antihypertensive medications
How much weight can you lose in the first week of semaglutide?
How is Semaglutide taken?
Semaglutide will be prescribed as a weekly subcutaneous injection. Injections should be administered every 7 days in the abdomen at alternating locations. Semaglutide is started at a low dose that is gradually increased so it is important you use the medication exactly as directed. One injection should be administered on the same day each week. Do not increase any dose prior to 4 weeks.
Does Semaglutide curb your appetite?
Yes, Semaglutide can help curb your appetite though not everyone experiences a curbed appetite. In addition to slowing gastric emptying to make you feel full for longer, GLP-1 also plays a direct role in how your appetite is regulated.
GLP-1 is a hormone that controls blood sugar levels and appetite. Data shows that semaglutide injections help lose 10-17% of the body weight in the first few weeks after taking them.