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The Real Skinny on Semaglutide

HB Pharmacy can work with your physician to make compounded Semaglutide as prescribed to meet your individualized weight loss needs.

When it comes to weight loss, finding effective solutions can be a daunting task. However, advancements in pharmaceutical compounding have opened new possibilities. One such breakthrough medication is semaglutide, a powerful tool in the battle against obesity. Several studies have clearly showed that on average, patients using semaglutide have lost up to 35% of their original weight! At first glance those are amazing results for sure… But looking deeper, once a patient stops using the injection, they end up putting back over 2/3 of  the weight they worked so hard to lose!!!

Sometimes things are not as amazing as they seem on the surface. WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO YOUR DIET AND LIFESTYLE, any weight lost due to semaglutide will come right back as soon as you stop taking the medication. As your trusted pharmacists, we are here to help you best understand the options available to you. Let’s now dig a little deeper behind the buzz of semaglutide.


What exactly is Semaglutide, Its relation to WEGOVY, and how’s it is beneficial for weight loss?

Semaglutide, originally developed to treat type 2 diabetes, has garnered significant attention for its weight loss effects. As a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA), semaglutide works by regulating appetite, reducing hunger, and promoting feelings of fullness. This multifaceted mechanism of action makes semaglutide an invaluable tool in weight management.  

Wegovy is currently one of the most popular brand name pharmaceuticals related to weight loss.  Semaglutide is the active ingredient in Wegovy. Due to the popularity of these weight loss drugs, especially in regards to Wegovy, there have been medication shortages. To help alleviate the situation, compounding pharmacies like HB Pharmacy are allowed to compound semaglutide with a prescription from their doctor.

Compounding has revolutionized the way medications are tailored to meet individual weight loss needs. Compounded weight loss medications, such as semaglutide, are formulated to customize dosages, delivery methods, and even combine different ingredients to create personalized solutions based on factors such as medical history, lifestyle, and weight loss goals. For example, some delivery options may include:

  • oral capsules
  • subcutaneous injections
  • transdermal patches.

This individualized approach enhances the efficacy and adherence of weight loss treatments.  

Semaglutide offers more than just weight loss; it promotes holistic well-being. By addressing multiple aspects of weight management, including appetite control, blood sugar regulation, and metabolic health, semaglutide aids in overall health improvement. This comprehensive approach sets it apart as a game-changer in the fight against obesity.  

If perceived as an all-in-one miracle cure for weight-loss, individuals will be disappointed to find that weight lost while on semaglutides will return after the medication has stopped, unless changes to their underlying diet, exercise and lifestyle have occurred.

Pros of Semaglutide for Weight Loss:

  • Proven Effectiveness: Clinical trials have substantiated Semaglutide’s remarkable efficacy in promoting weight loss, with participants achieving an average reduction of 15% in their body weight.
  • Enhanced Metabolic Health: Semaglutide not only aids in weight loss but also bolsters overall metabolic health, diminishing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and enhancing glycemic control.
  • Appetite Suppression: By emulating the actions of the natural hormone GLP-1, Semaglutide effectively curbs appetite, helping individuals control their food cravings.
  • Improved Blood Sugar Control: Semaglutide plays a pivotal role in stabilizing blood sugar levels, particularly beneficial for individuals managing type 2 diabetes.
  • Non-Surgical Alternative: Semaglutide offers a non-invasive alternative to more intrusive weight loss procedures like bariatric surgery.

Cons of Semaglutide for Weight Loss:

  • Potential Side Effects: Some individuals may experience common side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain when using Semaglutide. Fortunately, these side effects are generally mild and tend to diminish over time.
  • Injections: When Semaglutide necessitates a once-weekly injection, this may prove inconvenient for some individuals.
  • Cost: Semaglutide can be costly, and the extent of insurance coverage can vary widely. It’s essential to verify your out-of-pocket expenses with your insurance provider.
  • Not a Standalone Solution: Semaglutide should be employed in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity to achieve optimal results in weight management.
  • Long-Term Use Uncertainty: The long-term implications of prolonged Semaglutide use for weight loss remain unclear at this time. Further research is imperative to comprehend the potential consequences of extended usage.
  • Post-use Weight Return: Studies have already shown that once patients stop use of Semaglutide, they generally gain back over 2/3 of the weight they lost while on the medication. Without changes to diet and lifestyle, weight loss will be temporary.

Learn More about Compounding MedicatiON

To learn more about compounding medication, schedule a free consultation with one of our expert pharmacists! At HB Pharmacy, we’re dedicated to helping you along your journey to better health. Our staff is dedicated to creating relationships with our customers that enable them to experience better health outcomes. We make it easy to order supplements from our online shop. Alternatively, visit our location in North Arlington, NJ, call 1-201-997-2010 to speak with a compounding pharmacist today!

If we get a prescription before 1pm M-F, we generally try to have the medication shipped to you on the same day. Though we are based in New Jersey, we offer expedited shipping options for patients all around the United States.

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