While it appears to be simple, many people find it challenging to effectively lose weight and keep the pounds off. Now, Mayo Clinic experts say there is a new tool to help in the battle against obesity, a prescription medication that can curb your appetite.
It’s a medication called semaglutide — better known by the brand names Ozempic and Wegovy. Ozempic is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat Type 2 diabetes. Wegovy is now approved to help with weight loss.
It works by tricking your brain and stomach into feeling full, so you don’t overeat.
It’s a prescription medication. The FDA advises it only for people with a body mass index, or BMI, greater than 30 — or a BMI of 27 or more with a weight-related health condition. A common side effect is nausea.
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