What is Wegovy?
Wegovy is the newest weekly weight loss pen from Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Saxenda.
How does Wegovy work?
Wegovy works like Saxenda by mimicking a hormone that targets areas of the brain involved in regulating appetite and food intake but has a much longer duration of action than Saxenda and so only needs to be used once a week instead of once a day. Wegovy reduces your appetite and slows down the time it takes for your stomach to empty making you feel fuller for longer. This results in you eating less and losing weight.
How effective is wegovy?
In a 68-week medical study of 1,961 adults living with obesity or excess weight with a related medical problem:-
ADULTS LOST ON AVERAGE 35 pounds (16kg) or about 15% of their body weight while taking Wegovy!
These results are about twice the weight loss of that achieved by Saxenda.
Most importantly, while taking Wegovy, people not only lost weight, but also kept it off!
Can wegovy help with my other weight related conditions?
Adults taking Wegovy experienced much better improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar than with Saxenda. Thus improving their overall cardiovascular health.
How do I take wegovy?
Wegovy is the first and only prescription weight-management medicine taken once weekly. It’s taken on the same day each week, any time of day, with or without food.
Wegovy is available in 5 doses ranging from 0.25 mg to 2.4 mg, each of which is taken once a week for 4 weeks. Each dose comes in a different colour pen.
You should follow a monthly dose escalation to reach the fully effective 2.4mg dose after 4 months.
How much will Wegovy cost?
The Wegovy prices are a lot cheaper than Saxenda and the weight loss experienced is even greater than that with Saxenda and the cardiovascular outcomes far better.
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What support will I be offered?
From January 2024 we will not only supply you with Wegovy to control your appetite but offer you lots of other help and support to help you reach your weight loss goal and stay there.
You can use the 5 pillars of support to make sure that you are successful on your weight loss journey and to give you the best possible outcome. These pillars will help you to adopt healthy habits that will enable lifelong success.
We will provide you with delicious healthy recipes every month to inspire you to eat fewer calories to get you to your goal weight.
Our fitness coach Gemma has designed a programme of easy exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home to get you moving and increase your metabolism. This will result in you getting fitter and leaner.
We will advise you on recommended daily water consumption to aid your weight loss.
Tips and advice on how to achieve the best possible nights sleep.
We understand that losing weight is not a simple process and involves getting your mind into the right gear! Therefore, we will suggest a mindfulness App to help you with stress management.
Kim, our wellness coach will offer you weekly interactive group coaching sessions to inspire you and help you overcome any obstacles that are holding you back from achieving your goal.
This will all be offered at no extra charge!
What if I am already using Saxenda?
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If you would like to change to Wegovy from Saxenda we can help you to do that. We will advise on the new dosage of Wegovy and offer you lots of help and support via our new Holistic Weight Loss Support to get you to your goal weight and stay there.
Medically reviewed by
Superintendent pharmacist Margaret Hudson BSc(Hons) MRPharmS
10th December 2023