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How to Get Ozempic for Weight Loss

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Learn how to get Ozempic for weight loss, understand its benefits, and explore if it’s right for you.

Are you finding weight loss challenging despite giving it your all? You may have heard about how Ozempic is helping people like you achieve their weight loss goals. First used as a treatment for type 2 diabetes, Ozempic has shown potential to aid in weight management. We’ll explore what Ozempic is, how it works for weight loss, and the key questions to consider if you’re thinking about trying it for weight management.

If you’re still figuring out your weight journey, Noom Med can help you determine if Ozempic is right for you. If you qualify, you will be paired with a clinician who will speak to you about your goals, health, and all treatment options, including Ozempic. Learn more about how Noom Med can support your weight loss goals

Ozempic and weight loss

Ozempic is FDA-approved as a diabetes medication but doctors can prescribe it “off-label” to help patients lose weight. Ozempic is a once-weekly injectable medication.

The active ingredient in Ozempic is semaglutide. It belongs to a class of drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists (or GLP-1-RAs) which help control blood sugar levels and appetite. These medications reduce hunger and cause you to feel full, making it easier to manage weight effectively. 

How to get an Ozempic prescription

The first step to getting a prescription for Ozempic is to see a doctor or qualified clinician. By having an open and honest conversation with a healthcare professional, you can determine if Ozempic, or another weight loss medication, is the right choice for you. These questions will help prepare you for that discussion. Noom Med can also help identify the right medication for you and coordinate insurance benefits.

Can my regular doctor prescribe Ozempic for weight loss or do I need to see a specialist?

Your regular doctor can usually prescribe Ozempic for weight loss. Still, you might need to see a specialist, like an endocrinologist, if you have other health conditions or have struggled with weight management. 

Can I get a prescription through a telehealth service?

Yes, telehealth services have made it easier to access providers who can prescribe Ozempic. Many online healthcare providers offer consultations that can result in an Ozempic prescription if they determine it’s right for you.

Is it hard to get an Ozempic prescription to lose weight?

It depends. Doctors typically want to see that you’ve tried other weight loss methods first. They’ll look at your overall health and weight loss history to decide if Ozempic is right for you.

What will the doctor want to know about my health and previous weight loss attempts?

Your doctor will likely ask about the following:

  • Medical history: They’ll want to know about any past or present medical conditions, especially diabetes, pancreatitis, kidney problems, gallbladder disease, and cancer.
  • Allergies: Are you allergic to semaglutide (the active ingredient in Ozempic) or any other ingredients in the medication?
  • Medications: What medications are you currently taking? Some medications may interact with Ozempic.
  • Weight and BMI: They will calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) to see if you meet the criteria for Ozempic use for weight loss.
  • Weight loss goals: What are your weight loss goals and are they realistic?
  • Previous weight loss efforts: Have you tried anything before (e.g., diets, medication, etc.)? If yes, what was the result?
  • Diet and exercise habits: The doctor will want to understand your current diet and exercise routine.
  • Pregnancy: Are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant? Ozempic is not recommended during pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding: Are you breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed? Ozempic is not recommended while breastfeeding.

All of this information paints a comprehensive picture of your health. Based on that picture, the doctor can help you build a personalized weight loss plan that may include Ozempic or another weight loss medication. 

Are there certain medical conditions that would make me ineligible for an Ozempic prescription for weight loss?

Some medical conditions increase the risk of side effects while taking Ozempic. These include a history of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, or significant gastrointestinal issues. Your doctor will look at your medical history and status to ensure Ozempic is safe for you.

What are the common side effects of Ozempic?

Common side effects of Ozempic include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. These symptoms are usually temporary and typically go away as your body adjusts to the medication. It is important to talk to your doctor about any side effects you experience.

What questions should I ask my doctor?

Your doctor is the most reliable and best source of information. Ask them about any concerns or questions you have about the following:

  • Potential side effects
  • Dosage and how to inject Ozempic
  • Cost and insurance coverage
  • How Ozempic fits into your overall weight loss plan

Cost and insurance considerations for an Ozempic prescription

Cost can be a barrier to using Ozempic for weight loss. If you are considering Ozempic, contact your insurance company to see if they cover it, look into any discount programs, and be prepared for potential out-of-pocket expenses involved with this treatment approach. Here are some questions to consider:

How much does an Ozempic prescription typically cost if using it for weight loss?

The cost of an Ozempic prescription can vary depending on whether your insurance will cover it. It’s important to understand these costs upfront. 

The monthly cost of Ozempic without insurance can range from $700 to $1,200. It could be helpful to compare prices at different pharmacies (in-person and online) and look for discount programs to reduce costs.

Will my health insurance cover Ozempic if prescribed for weight loss purposes?

It depends on your insurance plan. Some plans may cover it, while others might not. It’s a good idea to check with your insurance company to see if Ozempic is included in your coverage.

Enhance your experience with Noom

Noom can be a reliable and impactful companion in your weight loss journey whether or not you take Ozempic. Noom focuses on changing your habits and relationship with food. It’s not just about counting calories—it’s about understanding why you eat the way you do. With daily lessons, personal coaching, and support groups, Noom helps you build healthier habits that last. Plus, it’s all backed by science, making it a smart and sustainable way to reach your weight loss goals.

If you are considering taking Ozepmic for weight loss, see if you qualify for Noom Med. This program provides personalized care plans (that may include a prescription), support from qualified clinicians, and tools to help manage diet, exercise, and stress. This maximizes your chances of achieving sustainable weight loss and overall well-being. If you are already on Ozempic, add the GLP-1 Companon to your plan to help manage side effects and get tips on what to eat and how to move to maintain muscle.