Ozempic is a brand name for semaglutide, a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. It is administered by subcutaneous injection and is typically used in combination with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.
The primary mechanism of action of it involves mimicking the effects of GLP-1, a natural hormone in the body. GLP-1 helps regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating the release of insulin and reducing the production of glucagon, a hormone that raises blood sugar. Additionally, GLP-1 slows down the emptying of the stomach, which can help control appetite and reduce food intake.
How To Administer Ozempic
It is usually prescribed when other oral medications for diabetes have not provided adequate blood sugar control. It is important to note that Ozempic is not intended for the treatment of type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
As with any medication, it is crucial to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions, including the prescribed dosage and any specific recommendations they provide. It’s also important to discuss any potential side effects or concerns with your healthcare provider before starting or making changes to your diabetes treatment plan.