Ozempic vs Wegovy

Image of Ozempic drug, prescribed for treating different health issues.

Both Wegovy and Ozempic belong to the class called GLP-1 receptor agonist, the active ingredient is called semaglutide.

Ozempic is FDA approved medication to treat type 2 diabetes. And Wegovy is the FDA approved medication to treat obesity. Wegovy is designed to be used as an adjunct to diet and exercise in patients with a BMI ≥30 kg/m2, or in patients with a BMI ≥27 kg/m2 and ≥1 weight-associated comorbidity (eg, hypertension, dyslipidemia, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes).

The dosing schedule for Ozempic and Wegovy is also different, the max dose of Ozempic is 1.0mg weekly, and for Wegovy is 2.4mg weekly.

There are cases that patients are not able to tolerate higher dose of semaglutide, most experienced obesity specialists would approach this with lower dosage, add another medication to achieve synergic effects on weight loss.

There is a way to look up American Board Certified Obesity Physician by the following link

https://abom.learningbuilder.com/Search/Public/MemberRole/CertificationVerification

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