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Weight Loss: Oral Semaglutide


What is it & How Does it Work?

Semaglutide it originally was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in higher dosage forms for type-2 diabetics and eventually displayed weight loss as a result. Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1) that reduces food cravings and increases feelings of satiety which helps people with obesity or who are overweight manage and begin their weight loss journey. Semaglutide encourages insulin production in your body and regulates blood sugar which in return accelerates the rate that your body uses calories for fat and lowers your appetite, which boosts your body’s natural processes helping you burn more weight. This medication has been approved for usage in obese patients.


How Do I Know I’m a Good Candidate?

To determine whether someone is a good candidate to take oral semaglutide depends on various factors. Some of those factors include obesity, type 2 diabetic (on occasion depending on the dosage form and how many milligrams are needed for therapy), willingness to follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen, ability to take oral medication, and no underlying health conditions that can prevent you from taking the drug. Underlying health conditions that can prevent you from taking this medication can be, but are not limited to, kidney disease, heart conditions, and other medications or supplements that can affect the efficacy or interact with the semaglutide. Consult with your physician about this medication if it is something you are interested in trying to jumpstart your weight loss journey.

Obesity

Obesity is a complex disease which includes having too much body fat. About 70% of adults in the US are obese or overweight. Many assume that it is only a cosmetic issue, but it unfortunately increases the patient’s risk of a multitude of other health problems or diseases. Obesity can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver disease, sleep apnea, and even some cancers. Obesity can be inherited, physiological, and be a result of environmental factors. It can lead people down a path of depression, disability, social isolation, feelings of guilt/shame, and lower work achievements.


How is Semaglutide Dosed?

When determining the dosing for semaglutide, physicians look at multiple factors. These factors include age, weight, gender, height, body mass index (BMI), and medical conditions.


Side Effects:

As with any medication, there are a few side effects that come with taking oral semaglutide. The most common side effects patients experience are nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Most of the side effects that are experienced are in the beginning of starting this therapy and subside the longer oral semaglutide is taken and tolerated by the body. Any symptoms or side effects should be reported to your doctor/prescriber right away to ensure that taking oral semaglutide is still an appropriate method of weight loss for you.


Seeing Results:

Results of oral semaglutide take time. They do not show overnight or without adding lifestyle changes into your life. It cannot be used to cancel out unhealthy lifestyle or unhealthy diets/eating habits.

When you are taking oral semaglutide for weight loss, it is very important that you do not miss a dose. This increases the patient’s risk at low levels of insulin production causing low blood glucose between meals and while sleeping. It’s crucial that you engage in a healthy lifestyle; avoid sugary drinks, eat more fruits, veggies, nuts, and whole grains, limit intake of processed foods. Exercise should start at 30 minutes a day for at least 3 days a week.


Pricing:

Oral semaglutide can be compounded as oral capsules, troches, rapid dissolving tablets, and sublingual suspension at Sonoran Drugs.


Titration Package:

Month 1: Semaglutide 500mcg/B12 1mg once daily for 30 days: $139.95

Month 2: Semaglutide 1mg/B12 1mg once daily for 30 days: $169.95

Month 3: Semaglutide 1.5mg/B12 1mg once daily for 30 days: $224.95

All 3 months (not available in this package size for sublingual suspension due to shelf life after compounded): $449.95

Maintenance Dosing Semaglutide 2mg/B12 1mg (still once daily dosing):

30 Days: $284.95

60 Days: $499.95

90 Days: $669.95

3 Times Weekly Dosing Semaglutide 3mg/B12 1mg:

12 count (1 month): $179.95

24 count (2 month): $309.99

36 count (3 month): $424.99

If you are a patient in Arizona and would like to speak directly with a member of our staff, we would be happy to help answer any questions or concerns you may have. Sonoran Drugs will always be transparent about if we are the most cost-efficient route for your healthcare needs. Our operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. We can be reached by phone at (623) 583-2045, through our social media platforms (including our website: www.sonorandrugs.com), and even through email at support@sonorandrugs.com.

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