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This is intended as a summary and should not replace individual medical advice from a doctor or pharmacist. This summary does not include all possible information for this medication, ask your health care professional for personalized recommendations and complete information about this product.
This medication is known to cause a type of thyroid tumor in rats. It is not known if similar tumors can appear in humans. Speak with your doctor regarding risks and benefits of this medication. If you have personal/family history of a type of cancer (medullary thyroid carcinoma) or certain inherited disease (multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 or MEN 2). If you notice any signs of thyroid tumors including shortness of breath, unusual/lasting hoarseness, unusual growth or lump in the neck or difficulty swallowing tell your doctor immediately
The primary Ozempic use is to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar control can help prevent blindness, loss of limbs, problems with sexual function, kidney damage and nerve problems. Proper diabetes control can also lessen risk of a heart attack and stroke. Semaglutide has similarities to a natural hormone in your body called incretin. It works by causing insulin to release in response to high blood sugar and decreasing the quantity of sugar produced by your liver. If you are using insulin do not substitute semaglutide for your insulin treatment.
Before using ozempic check the product for discolouration or particles and do not use if these are present. Clean the injection site before each dose with rubbing alcohol. Use a different injection site each week to decrease injury under the skin. Inject under the sin in the abdomen, upper arm, or thigh as directed by your doctor generally once a week. Follow your doctor’s directions carefully. Use the medication on a regular basis to get the best results. The weekly dose day may be changed providing that there are at least 2 days between doses. Carefully follow the plan your doctor has recommended. If your condition worsens or stagnates tell your doctor immediately.
The following side effects are normal however if they persist or worsen tell your doctor promptly: swelling/redness/itching at the injection site, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Nausea will usually lessen with continued use of ozempic. Most people who use this medication do not see serious side effects. If you notice any of the following talk to your doctor immediately: vision changes, signs of kidney problems. A serious side effect that is rare is pancreatitis.
This can be fatal. Symptoms of pancreatitis should be dealt with immediately and include: nausea/vomiting that doesn’t stop, severe stomach/abdominal pain. If this drug is prescribed with other diabetes medications it can sometimes cause low blood sugar. Drinking large quantities of alcohol, not getting enough calories from food, or doing unusually heavy exercise may also lead to low blood sugar. Symptoms may include sudden sweating, shaking, fast heartbeat, hunger, blurred vision, dizziness, headache, or tingling hands/feet.
It is a good habit to carry glucose tablets or gel to treat low blood sugar. You can also use honey, candy, fruit juice or table sugar to rapidly raise your blood sugar. Tell your doctor right away if you notice symptoms of high blood sugar including increased thirst/urination. Serious allergic reactions to this drug are rare however if you notice any of the following get medical help immediately: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about any medical allergies before using semaglutide. There may be inactive ingredients in this product that can cause allergic reactions or problems. Talk about your medical history with your doctor especially regarding: a certain eye problem (diabetic retinopathy), a disease of the pancreas (pancreatitis), kidney problems, stomach/intestinal disorders (such as gastroparesis, digestion problems). Drowsiness, blurred vision and dizziness are common symptoms of extremely low or high blood sugar. Alcohol can increase risk of low blood sugar so limit your intake while on this medication.
It can be more difficult to control blood sugar when your body is stressed. Before surgery tell your dentist or doctor about all the medicinal products you use. This medication should only be used during pregnancy if clearly needed. If you are planning pregnancy, think you may be pregnant or become pregnant discuss with your doctor right away. The manufacturer recommends stopping use of ozempic 2 months before a planned pregnancy. Pregnancy can exacerbate or cause diabetes, changes to your treatment may need to be made, consult your doctor accordingly. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk, consult your doctor before breast feeding.
Make a list of all medicinal products you take and share it with your doctor and pharmacist before using this medication as this product may contain inactive ingredients which can cause an allergic reaction or other complications. Seek doctor approval before starting, stopping or changing the dosage of this medication. Beta-blockers can prevent the fast/pounding heartbeat you may feel when your blood sugar falls too low. Other symptoms of low blood sugar such as hunger, sweating, or dizziness are not affected by these drugs. Many drugs can affect ease of controlling blood sugar. Perform regular checks on your blood sugar levels and inform your doctor. If you have symptoms of high or low blood sugar inform your doctor immediately, they may adjust your medications, exercise programs, or diet.
If someone has overdosed call 911 or poison control, they may exhibit symptoms such as passing out or heavy breathing.
Do not share this medication with others. Attend a diabetes education program to learn more about how to manage your diabetes with medications, diet, exercise, and regular medical exams. Learn the symptoms of high and low blood sugar and how to treat low blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed. Lab and/or medical tests (such as kidney function, fasting blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c) should be done while you are using this medication. Keep all medical and lab appointments. Consult your doctor for more details.
This medication is not to be shared with others. To learn more about managing diabetes attend a diabetes education program. Learn the symptoms of high and low blood sugar and how to treat low blood sugar. Lab and medical tests should be done during use of this medication, keep all of your lab and medical appointments.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember if it is within 5 days after the missed dose. If it is more than 5 days, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose on your regular day. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Ozempic should be stored in the refrigerator but not frozen. After the first use store the medication in refrigerator or at room temperature away from light and heat, discard 8 weeks after first use. Keep away from pets and children. Only dispose of medication as directed by a pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
SEMAGLUTIDE – INJECTION