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Everything You Need to Know About Injectable Semaglutide

Key Takeaways

If you're exploring injectable semaglutide as a potential treatment option, you probably have questions about the medication, our program, and how it works. We've got you covered with the details you need to know.

What is Injectable Semaglutide ?

Semaglutide is an injectable drug that goes by two different brand names. One form of this drug, Ozempic, is authorized for sale by Health Canada to manage  type 2 diabetes while its counterpart, Wegovy, is indicated for long-term weight management. Both use the same semaglutide compound and work the same way on the body. 

Injectable semaglutide helps the body better regulate blood sugar levels. It does this by mimicking natural hormones secreted from the pancreas that control blood sugar production. injectable semaglutide also slows down digestion, so less sugar is absorbed from food into the bloodstream.

Until recently, injectable semaglutide was only available in Canada under a single brand name.  We now are able to offer multiple forms of injectable semaglutide. Your prescription will be written for injectable semaglutide and the version of the drug you will be dispensed will, in part, depend on what is the more cost effective option. However, you can request a specific brand if you wish through your healthcare practitioner. Remember that both brand name products contain the same active ingredient, semaglutide. 

What is the difference between the various forms of injectable semaglutide?

In Canada, there are  two brands of the same drug/compound, called injectable semaglutide.

The key differences are:

  1. Intended use
  2. Dosage
  3. Cost

Intended Use:

Both forms of  injectable semaglutide function and work on the body the same way. The pancreas secretes hormones that control blood sugar production— these medications mimic this natural hormone. Injectable semaglutide helps the body to better regulate blood sugar levels as well as slowing down digestion, making your body feel “full.”

In Canada, injectable semaglutide was initially authorized  for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus. It was later authorized for the indication of weight management. 


Dosing for weight management is generally higher than the dosing for diabetes. Generally speaking, injectable semaglutide dosing starts at 0.25 milligrams (mg) every week. Dosing typically increases every 4 weeks depending on your body’s response to the medication. Once you reach a dosage of above 1 mg, it starts to differ. 

The maximum dose for the treatment of diabetes is 1 mg. The maximum weight management dose is 2.4 mg. From 1mg, the dosage will generally be  increased to 1.7mg, then the maximum dose of 2.4mg.

Dosage Potential Costs for Ozempic* Potential Costs for Wegovy*
0.25 mg Starts at $315 Starts at $500
0.5 mg Starts at $315 Starts at $500
1 mg Starts at $315 Starts at $500
> 1 mg Start at $630 Starts at $500

*Prices shown do not reflect provincial or private insurance coverage and may vary by province.


The cost of injectable semaglutide varies because the different brand medication pens are different costs. 

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