COzempic, a drug created to aid in the control of blood sugar for adults with Diabetes, Type 2 has become much sought after due to its propensity for triggering weight loss. Those who can afford the nearly $1,000 monthly are scrambling to get a prescription. However, weight loss isn’t the drug’s only side effect.
The European Union is investigating Ozempic, manufactured by Novo Nordisk, after three patients reported experiencing suicidal thoughts while taking it. As more data is collected, it’s found that what was previously thought of as a safe way to lose weight may be harmful. The New York Times published an article this week discussing the dangers of the drug’s effects on adults over 65 who are losing muscle mass in addition to fat, causing them to become frail.
Those hoping to circumvent the dangers of this pharmaceutical drug with a more “natural” approach may find themselves taking Berberine, a plant-based supplement known as “Nature’s Ozempic.” Unfortunately, insufficient data is available to substantiate its claims or confirm its safety.
About the Products
Ozempic, whose generic name is semaglutide, is a prescription medication delivered by weekly self-injection. Intended for patients with Type 2 Diabetes, it is often prescribed for patients who are obese and struggle with weight loss.
Ozempic can cost upwards of $1,000 monthly for those without insurance, but with insurance coverage can cost as little as $25.
Reason for Notice
While Ozempic is approved by the FDA for use, it is relatively new and, as more data is released, is potentially dangerous.
Patient’s using Ozempic (semaglutide) may experience dangerous side effects such as suicidal ideation (thoughts of harming oneself).
If you or anyone you know is having thoughts of harming themselves, call the crisis hotline for help immediately
DIAL 988 FOR HELP
At this time, Ozempic is not being recalled. If you are taking the medication under the guidance of a physician, continue to follow their direction. Call the crisis help center at 988 immediately if you experience any thoughts of self-harm, then notify your physician.
If your physician directs you to stop taking the drug, contact MedWaste Management for assistance with disposal.
At this time, continue to distribute Ozempic per your protocol.
If a patient reports any thoughts of self-harm, stay with the patient and notify the crisis center at 988.
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