Semaglutide/B-12 Weekly Injections
Semaglutide is a modified molecule our bodies naturally make, called a GLP-1 analog. It works by increasing insulin production and lowers glucagon secretion as well as targets areas in the brain that regulate appetite and food intake. A small change in the molecule allows the drug to last weeks in our bodies rather than the natural version our bodies make, which lasts minutes. Originally used for type 2 diabetes and sold under the name Ozempic ‘M. In June 2021, Wegovy’M, brand name semaglutide was FDA approved for weight loss. Because these name brand drugs are very expensive and currently in
short supply, we use a compounding pharmacy that mixes semaglutide with B-12 vitamin to help with nausea.
How does Semaglutide work?
Semaglutide works in the following ways:
- Delays how quickly our stomachs digest food. This leads to a feeling of fullness and satisfaction with smaller meal sizes.
- Slows intestinal motility so you will feel full longer after meals.
- Lowers blood sugars, in part by reducing the production of sugar in the liver.
- Stimulates insulin secretion by the pancreas.
Who is Semaglutide for?
Semaglutide is for overweight or obese patients wanting to lose weight. Patients can lose up to 15% of their body weight on semaglutide. Semaglutide is not for those who have a personal history of pancreatitis, or medullary thyroid cancer, or family history of medullary thyroid cancer. We do not submit insurance claims for the office visits or medication, it is self-pay only through our clinic. Call to schedule a consultation with Alysha Eskelsen, FNP-C to see if semaglutide injections are the right choice for you.