Can I get semaglutide for weight loss?

Semaglutide is an injectable prescription medication originally approved for treating type 2 diabetes. More recently, a higher dose formulation called Wegovy was approved specifically for chronic weight management.
Semaglutide works by mimicking the hormone GLP-1, which helps regulate blood sugar and appetite. It helps lower blood sugar levels and promotes feelings of fullness so you eat less.

Several clinical trials have shown that semaglutide is effective for weight loss when used with lifestyle interventions like diet and exercise. In one study, people taking semaglutide lost an average of 15% of their body weight over 68 weeks.

Getting a prescription
- Speak to your doctor about whether semaglutide is appropriate for you. Not everyone is a candidate.
- Semaglutide is usually only prescribed if you have obesity (BMI ≥30) or overweight (BMI 27-29.9) with at least one weight-related health condition like diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
- Your doctor will check if you meet all eligibility criteria through medical history, exam and lab tests before prescribing.

What to expect if prescribed


Below are some alternatives if semaglutide is not accessible or appropriate:

If struggling with excess weight, have an open discussion with your doctor. Together you can explore treatment options that give you the best chance of long-term success.

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