21 Jun What To Know About Wegovy Weight Loss Medication Side Effects
Wegovy (semaglutide) is a prescription medication designed to help you achieve long-term weight loss and weight management when you take Wegovy while exercising regularly and eating a low-calorie diet.
Your doctor may prescribe Wegovy if you are obese (if you have a body mass index of 30 or higher) or if you are overweight (if you have a body mass index of 27-30) and have at least one health condition that is due to or related to your weight, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes.
This article will look at the potential side effects of Wegovy medication, how long they last, and how to manage these side effects at home. This article will also discuss whether there are any severe side effects and what to do if you notice these.
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What are the mild side effects of Wegovy?
Most of the mild side effects of Wegovy affect the gastrointestinal tract, such as:
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal pain
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Stomach flu
Other minor side effects of Wegovy include dizziness, fatigue, and headaches.
How long do these symptoms last?
Most of the minor side effects should clear up within a few days to about two weeks. However, if your symptoms worsen or you are still experiencing side effects after two weeks, you should discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist.
How can I manage these side effects at home?
You can manage these side effects at home the same way you would if you were experiencing these symptoms on your own for another reason. You can take medication such as Gas-X, which is made to relieve bloating, gas, and burping, which may also decrease your abdominal pain. Tums, Rolaids, or similar chewable tablets can help with heartburn and GERD. Laxatives are available to treat constipation. Drinking more water and eating more fiber can also help. If you are experiencing diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or stomach flu, Pepto Bismol or a similar medication will treat these symptoms.
You should also stay well-hydrated, and you can use the BRAT diet – bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever for headaches.
What are the severe side effects of Wegovy?
Some of the serious side effects of Wegovy can only affect you if you have diabetes: diabetic retinopathy and hypoglycemia.
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that damages the blood vessels in your eyes. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include blurry vision, seeing eye floaters, and sudden vision loss. You may also have a hard time seeing colors or being able to distinguish the differences between colors.
If you have type 2 diabetes, you may experience hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Symptoms of low blood sugar include blurry vision, hunger, lightheadedness, shaking, sweating, and weakness.
Wegovy can also increase your heart rate and make you feel like your heart is fluttering, pounding, or racing.
Other serious side effects of Wegovy include sudden kidney failure, suicidal thoughts or actions, allergic reaction, elevated risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis (inflammation of your pancreas), and gallbladder problems, such as gallstones.
What should I do if I notice severe side effects?
You should call your doctor immediately if you notice any serious side effects. If you are experiencing a medical emergency or believe your symptoms may be life-threatening, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911. If you are having thoughts about harming or killing yourself or someone else, you can call 911 or go to the emergency room. You can also text TALK to 741741 or call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
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