What is wegovy?
wegovy™ is for adults with
obesity (BMI ≥30) or overweight (excess weight) (BMI ≥27) who also have
weight-related medical problems to help them lose weight and keep it off. wegovy™ should
be used with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.
How does wegovy work?
wegovy™ works by mimicking a hormone that
targets areas of the brain involved in regulating appetite and food intake.
This can help you eat less, which can lead to WEIGHT LOSS.
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
while taking wegovy™
Most importantly, while taking wegovy™, people not only lost
weight, but also kept it off!
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
You should follow a 5-week dose escalation to reach the fully
effective 2.4mg dose.
How much wegovy do I need?
The wegovy starting dose is 0.25 mg subcutaneously, SC,
on the same day each week for4 weeks.
You should increase the dose as indicated every 4 weeks until
the full maintenance dose of 2.4 mg is reached.
By the start of the fifth month you should be on the maximum
1-4 weeks ı 0.25 mg
SC once a week, on the same day each week, for 4 weeks
5-8 weeks ı 0.5 mg SC
once a week for 4 weeks
9-12 weeks ı 1.0 mg SC once weekly for 4 weeks
13-16 weeks ı 1.7 mg SC once weekly for 4 weeks
Week 17 onwards ı 2.4 mg SC once
a week on the same day each week
does the Wegovy pen look like?
Each package contains one package leaflet and four wegovy®
pens of the same strength.
Your pen is only to be used once. It comes with:
one pre-set dose.
a needle cover that hides the built-in needle
before, during and after use.
automatic dosing that starts when the needle
cover is pressed against your skin. During dosing, a yellow bar will appear in
the pen window. Do not lift the pen before the yellow bar has stopped moving.
If you do, the automatic dosing will continue, but you may not receive your
full dose. The needle cover will lock when the pen is removed from your skin.
You cannot pause the injection and restart it later.
Where do I inject?
Choose an injection site in one of the body areas indicated below.
You can choose your upper arms, upper legs or stomach (keep a 5 cm distance
from your belly button). You may inject in the same body area each week, but
make sure it is not in the same spot as used the last time.
When administering wegovy, the pen should be pressed firmly against the skin until
the yellow bar has stopped moving. The injection takes about 5–10 seconds.
What if I forget to take a dose of wegovy?
- If a dose is missed, it should be administered as soon as possible and within 5 days after the missed dose.
- If more than 5 days have passed, the missed dose should be skipped, and the next dose should be administered on the regularly scheduled day. In each case, patients can then resume their regular once weekly dosing schedule.
- If more doses are missed, reducing the starting dose for re-initiation should be considered. Please call us on 0161 491 1899 for advice.
What if I want to change the day I take wegovy?
What needles do I need for wegovy?
The wegovy pens come with the needle already
attached. You should keep the pen cap on until you are ready to inject.
Your pen will no longer be sterile if you store it without the cap, if you pull
the pen capoff and put it on again,
or if the pen cap is missing. This could lead to an infection.
Do I store wegovy in a fridge?
Store unused pens in the original carton until
use to protect the medication from light.
Store your pens in the refrigerator at 2 °C to 8
Do not freeze your pens.
If your pen has been exposed to light or
temperatures above 25 °C, has been out of the refrigerator for more than 21
days, or has been frozen, dispose of it. The medication may have been damaged
and could be harmful to your health.
Are there any side-effects from wegovy?
Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people
• feeling sick (nausea)
• being sick (vomiting)
• stomach pain.
• feeling weak or tired – these usually go away over time.
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
• feeling dizzy
• upset stomach or indigestion
• gas (flatulence)
• bloating of the stomach
• inflamed stomach (‘gastritis’) – the signs include stomach
ache, feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting)
• reflux or heartburn – also called ‘gastrooesophageal
• hair loss
• injection site reactions
• low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) in patients with diabetes.
For a full list please download the patient information leaflet
Are there any contraindications?
there is limited therapeutic experience in patients 75 years of age or over,
use in these patients is not recommended
with liver or kidney disease should not take wegovy(semaglutide)
to semaglutide or to any of the excipients listed in the patient information
medicine is not recommended if you have a severe stomach or gut problem which
results in delayed stomach emptying (called gastroparesis), or if you have an
inflammatory bowel disease.
should be used with caution in patients with thyroid disease.
initiation of semaglutide treatment in patients on warfarin or other coumarin
derivatives more frequent monitoring of International Normalised Ratio (INR) is
heart failure or ever had a stroke
of the pancreas
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:- This medicine should not be used
during pregnancy, as it is not known if it may affect your unborn child.
Therefore, it is recommended to use contraception while using this medicine. If
you wish to become pregnant, you should stop using this medicine at least two
months in advance. If you become or are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or
are planning to have a baby when using this medicine, talk to your doctor
straight away, as your treatment will need to be stopped. Do not use this
medicine if you are breast-feeding, as it is unknown if it passes into breast
Can wegovy help with other weight related conditions?
Adults taking wegovy™ experienced improvements in blood pressure,
cholesterol and blood sugar. Thus improving their overall cardiovascular
Patient Information Leaflet
What support will I be offered?
We will not only supply you with medication to control your
appetite but offer you lots of vital support to help you reach your weight loss
goal and live your best life.
So we’ve introduced
5 pillars to support you to be successful on your weight loss journey and to
give you the best possible outcome. These pillars will help you change to adopting
healthy habits that will enable lifelong success.
Most importantly we
will introduce you to our lifestyle coach who 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!
Send us your email address, to firstname.lastname@example.org, to be notified when our new holistic weight management service will begin.