Everything You Need to Know About Ozempic

Key Takeaways

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

What is Ozempic?

Ozempic is an injectable drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, while its counterpart Wegovy (which is approved by Health Canada, but not yet being distributed) is used for long-term weight management. Both use the same semaglutide compound. 

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

Results and dosage explained

In studies, people with a BMI of 30 lost 15% of their body weight, on average, while taking 2.4mg of semaglutide alongside lifestyle changes, compared to 3% in the placebo group. Typically, a three-month usage is linked with a 5% weight loss.

Generally, it takes a few weeks, and sometimes a few months, to start seeing the effects of weight loss from Ozempic. You may notice the effects on your hunger and cravings before you notice changes in your body size. This is because the maximum dose of 2.4mg per week is not given at the beginning of treatment.

Instead, you start at a dose of 0.25 mg per week. This dose is increased every four weeks based on your body’s response and side effects, to a maximum dose of 2.4mg. However, with the Ozempic pens, currently used in the Felix program, it is uncommon to go above 2mg per week.

With the Felix program, dose increases will be determined through an online checkup with your practitioner around 3 to 4 weeks after your treatment is initially approved. Your practitioner may choose to increase your dose more slowly if you are still experiencing side effects. This just means that it is taking a bit longer than 4 weeks for your body to adjust to the medication, which is totally fine.

Additionally, your practitioner's aim is to find the lowest effective dose for you, so you may not need to be on the maximum dose of 2mg if a smaller dose is effective enough for you.

Explore the collection of blogs below for all the info you need

Ozempic essentials

Off-Label Prescribing: what you need to know about this common practice

Ozempic: Where is the Best Place to Inject?: how and where to inject Ozempic

Ozempic: What are the Main Side Effects?: like all medication, Ozempic may cause side effects — here are the most common ones

How to Properly Store Ozempic: storage tips to make sure your medication is kept at the right temperature

Our program

Q&A: Weight Loss Treatment at Felix: answers about pricing, eligibility, and more

Our Weight Loss Program Pricing: how it works and what you need to know about costs

Insurance Coverage for Ozempic: options and information about coverage

Ozempic Renewal Process: how and when you'll get a new prescription

Getting started

How to Use the Ozempic Pen: instructions for how exactly to use the injectable pen

Starting with Ozempic: what to expect during your first six weeks with the Felix Weight Loss Program

Ozempic Pen Dosage: how many doses are in each pen

Still have questions we didn’t cover? We can answer them at hello@felixforyou.ca.

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