January 27, 2023
Ozempic is a medication that’s designed to help manage insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes. However, it’s recently gotten attention after some people spoke out on social media about using the drug for weight loss.
Ozempic, which is a brand name for semaglutide, is currently on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of drug shortages and many have pointed the finger at people using the medication off-label for weight loss as the reason it’s hard to find at the moment. Now, there are reports of another controversy surrounding Ozempic and similar drugs: it may make your face look gaunt.
Fat in the face helps us maintain a naturally youthful appearance. When you lose facial fat, the face often appears gaunt and skeletonized, especially in people who lose large amounts of weight.
Ozempic is an injectable medication that’s designed to be used along with a diet and exercise program to help regulate blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes when other medications don’t manage blood effectively enough.
Ozempic is technically only approved by the FDA to treat type 2 diabetes. However, research on Ozempic and similar medications has shown weight loss as a common side effect, and fellow semaglutide medication Wegovy is approved to treat weight loss as well. There is another semaglutide medication—called Mounjaro—which is approved to treat diabetes. Clinical trials found people with diabetes who took the medication lost about 12 pounds more than those on other drugs like Ozempic.
The Ozempic website clearly states that this is “not a weight loss drug” but notes that people taking the medication have lost up to 14 pounds.
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