Wegovy® Injections

Medications for Weight Loss

Obesity is a chronic condition characterized by excessive body weight and has been associated with numerous health risks, including diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and reduced life expectancy.

Traditional weight loss interventions, such as diet and exercise, may not always be effective for everyone, and additional treatment options may be required.

Wegovy® (Semaglutide) weight-loss injections have emerged as a promising new therapy for obesity, offering a novel approach to weight management that has shown significant results in clinical trials and in real patients.

What Is Wegovy® And How Does It Work?

Wegovy® is an injectable medication that is part of a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) that mimic the action of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1, which is naturally released into our digestive system in response to food we eat. Wegovy® works by reducing appetite, increasing feelings of fullness, and slowing down the emptying of the stomach, leading to decreased food intake and ultimately weight loss.

Who Is a Good Candidate For Wegovy®?

Wegovy® was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June 2021 for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight in the following categories:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of at least 27 with one or more obesity-related comorbidities (type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, etc.)
  • A BMI of 30 or higher who have failed to achieve weight loss with diet and exercise alone.

Wegovy® should be used as part of a medically supervised weight loss program.

Who May Not Be A Suitable Candidate For Wegovy®?

Using Wegovy® weight loss injections may not be a good fit if you:

  • Are on any other type of GLP-1 medication
  • Have a personal or family medical history of medullary thyroid cancer
  • Suffer from the Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type II (MEN II) genetic disorder
  • Have an allergy to any ingredients contained in the Wegovy® injections
  • Are currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or wish to become pregnant in the near future
  • Have kidney or pancreatic-related health conditions

How Do I Use Wegovy® For Weight Loss?

Wegovy® Semaglutide injections come preloaded in a special pen-like device that makes it easy to correctly dose and administer them once per week. Patients who use Wegovy® for weight loss begin with a low dose of the medication and work their way up to the highest available dose over a five-month time frame.

The injections are to be administered under the skin (subcutaneously) each week at about the same time of day and on the same day of the week so the medication is kept consistent.

What Is The Weight Loss Potential Of Wegovy®?

The amount of weight you can lose when using Wegovy® weekly injections varies for each person based on factors such as their starting weight, related health conditions, adhering to a healthier diet, and making other lifestyle changes that promote weight loss. Patients who participated in one Wegovy® study lost a significant percentage of their starting body weight.

  • 6 percent after twelve weeks;
  • 10 percent by twenty weeks;
  • 15 to 20 percent after one year.

What Are the Benefits Associated With Wegovy®?

  • Effective in promoting weight loss;
  • Convenient once-weekly dosing;
  • Mimics natural hormones;
  • Potential for broader health benefits through weight loss;
  • Wegovy® is available in different doses, which can be adjusted based on individual response and tolerance;
  • Well-tolerated by most patients;
  • A helpful tool for weight loss and management.

What Are the Risks & Side Effects?

The safety profile of Wegovy® is favorable overall. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation, which are generally mild and not normally long-lasting. In clinical trials, serious adverse events were rare, and discontinuation rates due to side effects were low.

Why Choose Reveal Weight Loss?

At Reveal Weight Loss, we understand that losing weight can be frustrating and can cause even the most capable individuals to feel helpless and out of control. There are many factors that contribute to an individual’s inability to lose or maintain a healthy weight, and some require medical intervention.

When you work with Reveal Weight Loss, our caring professionals provide you with a comprehensive level of support to help you succeed in reaching your weight loss goals. We will work with you to overcome any obstacles that have inhibited your previous weight loss attempts. As part of your total weight loss plan, Wegovy® can provide some extra help to make your weight loss journey a bit easier and more effective.

Financing Options

We participate in special financing plans with United Credit, CareCredit, and Cherry to make our endoscopic procedures affordable for you. Our representative will be happy to discuss payment options that are right for you. Please call us at (973) 629-7534 or email us at info@revealweightlossmd.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Areas Of My Body Are The Best Locations To Give Myself Wegovy® Injections?

Wegovy® weight loss injections should be given into the fatty areas of the skin, such as the thigh, abdomen, upper arm, etc., and are never to be administered into a muscle or a vein. Rotate the area of the injection site weekly to prevent skin irritation or tenderness.

Are Wegovy® Injections Painful?

As with any medication, individual experiences with Wegovy® injections may vary. Pain levels associated with Wegovy® injections are typically reported to be mild and generally well-tolerated by most people. The injections are administered subcutaneously, which means they are injected just under the skin using a very small needle.

Some people may experience a slight burning or stinging sensation during the injection, while others may feel minimal discomfort. Pain or discomfort from Wegovy® injections is usually temporary and brief, lasting only a few seconds during the injection process.

What Are The Available Doses Of Wegovy®?

Starting at the lowest dose of 0.25 mg and working up through 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 1.7 mg to the 2.4 mg highest dose lets the body and digestive system become acclimated to the drug gradually. This helps prevent or reduce nausea, which is the most common side effect associated with the use of Wegovy®.

How Much Do Wegovy® Injections Cost in New Jersey?

What you can expect to pay for Wegovy® will vary by the dose strength, pharmacy, geographical location, and the use of any prescription savings programs or manufacturer promotions. Currently, the retail price for a one-month supply of Wegovy® in New Jersey starts at about $1,350. Ask us how to obtain this medication at a lower cost during your consultation.

Is Wegovy® Covered by Insurance?

Wegovy® is not covered under all insurance plans, so it is best to check with your particular plan to determine if it is a covered expense.

Where Can I Get Help With Wegovy® In New Jersey?

At Reveal Weight Loss, we offer personalized, comprehensive weight loss solutions to help you reach your weight loss goals. These non-surgical options include endoscopic weight loss procedures, medications, lifestyle coaching, and more.

Often, when addressing obesity, a combination of different options is necessary to achieve optimal outcomes. Contact Reveal Weight Loss to discuss obtaining a Wegovy® prescription in Livingston, NJ, and how we can best assist you in reaching your weight loss goals.

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