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WEGOVY®

Wegovy® is a prescription medication used for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight conditions who have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol.

Function

Wegovy® functions by mimicking a hormone in the intestines called GLP-1, reducing hunger and thereby helping individuals to eat less and lose weight. The medication is administered via a subcutaneous injection.

Expectations

Patients on Wegovy® can expect significant weight loss when combined with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. However, side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and potential risk of thyroid C-cell tumors.

Drug
Expected Weight Loss Over 8 Weeks
Benefits
Side Effects
Wegovy®
5-10% of body weight
Reduces hunger and food intake
Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, voimiting, potential risk of thyroid C-cell tumors
Contrave
2-5% of body weight
Decreases appetite and cravings
Nausea, constipation, headache, voimiting, dizziness, insomina, dry mouth, diarrhea
Phentermine
5-10% of body weight
Appetite suppression
Dry mouth, insomina, dizziness, elevated heart rate and blood pressure
Qsymia
5-10% of body weight
Reduces appetite and can make food seem less appealing
Dizziness, altered taste, insomina, constipation, dry mouth, tingling of hands and feet
HCG injections
Varies (not universally accepted as effective)
May supress hunger
Fatigue, irritability, restlessness, depression, fluid buildup(edema), swelling of the breasts in boys and me (gynecomastia)
Lipotropic
Varied (limited evidence on effectiveness)
May aid in fat breakdown and metabolism
Mild diarrhea, upset stomach, rash at the injection site, nausea

Comparison

Wegovy® might be more beneficial than the other weight loss drugs due to its significant impact on weight loss, as it has shown to lead to up to a 10% reduction in body weight over a short period.

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