Wegovy (Semaglutide) Weight Loss Injection: Your Path to a Healthier You

Wegovy® (semaglutide) injection is a prescription medicine designed primarily for weight loss in adults
and teenagers with obesity or overweight adults who also have weight-related medical problems. It should
be used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.

Table of Contents:

  1. What is Wegovy?
  2. How does Wegovy work?
  3. Side Effects and Warnings
  4. Usage Instructions
  5. Special Considerations
  6. Drug Interactions and Contraindications
  7. Storage
  8. Possible Side Effects of Wegovy
  9. Disclaimer

What is Wegovy?

  • Active Ingredient: Semaglutide.
  • Drug Class: GLP-1 receptor agonist.
  • Indications: Weight loss in obese or overweight adults with weight-related medical problems
    and in children aged ≥12 years with obesity.
  • Administration: Subcutaneous injection once a week.
  • Available Strengths:0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 1.7 mg, 2.4 mg semaglutide pens.

How Does Wegovy Work?

  • Wegovy works by activating GLP-1 receptors in the brain, which reduces appetite and calorie
    intake, aiding in weight loss and weight management. It is from the same drug class as Ozempic and
    should not be used concurrently with other semaglutide-containing products.

Side Effects and Warnings

  • Thyroid Cancer Risk:Possible thyroid tumors, including cancer. It is not recommended for use
    if you or any family members have had medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or Multiple Endocrine
    Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
  • Contraindications:Not suitable for those allergic to semaglutide or any of the ingredients
    in Wegovy, and those with a history of pancreatitis, diabetic retinopathy, depression, suicidal
    thoughts, or mental health issues.

Usage Instructions

  • Dosage Escalation:Starts low and gradually increases to minimize gastrointestinal side
  • Injection Method:Injected subcutaneously in the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm, with a rotation
    of injection sites.
  • Frequency:Once a week, on the same day each week, with or without food.

Special Considerations

  • Pregnancy:Should be discontinued at least two months before planning a pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding:It is unknown if Wegovy passes into breast milk.

Drug Interactions and Contraindications

  • Medication Interactions:Wegovy can affect the absorption of orally administered medicines. It
    should not be used with other diabetes medicines, including sulfonylureas or insulin, without
    consulting a healthcare provider.

Possible Side Effects of Wegovy

  • Serious side effects include pancreatitis, gallbladder problems, low blood sugar, kidney problems,
    serious allergic reactions, changes in vision, increased heart rate, and depression or thoughts of
  • Common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain, headache,
    tiredness, dizziness, and sore throat.


Wegovy® is a prescription medication and should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare
professional. The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for
professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult your healthcare provider for any
questions regarding your health or medications. The brand name ‘Wegovy®’ is used for informational
purposes and does not imply endorsement of any specific medication, service, or treatment. The
information is compiled from various sources and may change. It does not cover all possible uses,
actions, precautions, side effects, or interactions of the drug. For more detailed information, refer to
the official prescribing information and consult with healthcare providers.