Why Was This Medication Prescribed To You?

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Along with a diet program and an exercise regimen, the medication prescribed, semaglutide, can be utilized to aid in controlling blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. This condition arises when the body is unable to properly use insulin, leading to challenges in regulating the amount of sugar in the blood. It’s important to note that semaglutide is not suitable for treating type 1 diabetes (a condition where the body doesn’t produce insulin, and thus cannot control blood sugar levels), or diabetic ketoacidosis.

As part of the incretin mimics drug group, semaglutide functions by assisting the pancreas in releasing the appropriate amount of insulin when blood sugar levels are high. Insulin is a crucial hormone that facilitates the transfer of sugar from the bloodstream into tissues, where it is utilized as energy. Furthermore, semaglutide’s role in managing blood sugar is enhanced by its ability to slow down the digestion of food.

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People with diabetes and high blood glucose can develop life-threatening complications over time. These include heart disease, strokes, kidney problems and nerve damage. Regularly checking your blood glucose, using medication, and making lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, exercising, and changing your diet may all help you manage diabetes and improve health. This therapy can also reduce your risk of a stroke, heart attack or other complications related to diabetes, such as kidney disease, nerve damage, (numbness, coldness or tingling in the legs or feet, decreased sexual ability for men and women), or eye problems including loss or changes of vision. You will be advised by your doctor and other healthcare professionals on the best ways to manage diabetes.

What is the best way to use this medication?

Semaglutide is available as a tablet that you can take orally it taken once daily on an empty stomach. Semaglutide should be taken with water (no greater than 4 ounces [120mL]), at least 30 minutes prior to eating, drinking or taking other medications. It is best to eat or drink something within 30 minutes of taking the drug. Depending on how you respond to semaglutide, your doctor may increase the dose gradually. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for clarification on any part of your prescription that you don’t understand. Semaglutide should be taken exactly as prescribed. Take it exactly as directed.

Do not chew or split the tablets.

Semaglutide is a diabetes control medication, but it does not cure the disease. Even if you are feeling well, continue to take semaglutide. Do not stop using semaglutide before consulting your doctor.

This medicine can be used in other ways

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you want to know more.

What precautions should I take?

Before taking semaglutide,

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if any of these medications or ingredients are causing an allergic reaction. You can ask your pharmacist for the list of ingredients or consult the Medication Guide.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist about all prescription and nonprescription drugs, vitamins, nutritional products, and herbal supplements you take, or plan to use. Tell your doctor all medications that you take orally, as semaglutide can affect the way these medications are absorbed by your body.
  • Tell your doctor if, at any time in the past, you had diabetes-related retinopathy or gall bladder disease. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms have occurred recently: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or you are unable to drink liquids. This can cause dehydration.
  • Tell your doctor that you are planning to get pregnant. You may be told by your doctor to stop using semaglutide 2 months prior to a planned pregnancy.
  • Tell your doctor if either you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Call your doctor if you fall pregnant while taking semaglutide.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist if you plan to have surgery, such as dental surgery.
  • Ask your doctor for advice if your diet or exercise has changed significantly, if your weight or body mass index has increased, if you are sick or have a fever or infection, if your stress levels are unusual, or if your injury is severe. These conditions and changes can impact your blood sugar levels and how much semaglutide is needed.

What are the special dietary guidelines I should follow?

Follow all the exercise and diet recommendations given by your doctor or dietitian. You should eat healthily, exercise regularly and, if needed, lose weight. Semaglutide will work better if you control your diabetes with a healthy diet and exercise.

What should I do in the event that I forget to take a dose of medication?

Continue your normal dosing regimen and skip the missed dose. You should not double up on a dose to compensate for one you missed.

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What are the possible side effects of this drug?

This medication can cause changes to your blood sugar. You should be aware of the symptoms and actions to take if your blood sugar is low or high.

Semaglutide can cause side effects. If any of the following symptoms persist or are severe, tell your doctor.

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Reduced appetite
  • Heartburn
  • Burping

Some side effects are serious. Call your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you experience these symptoms.

  • Pain that starts in the upper left or center of the stomach and spreads to the back with or without vomiting
  • Itching, swelling of the face, eyes, tongue or throat, difficulty in breathing or swallowing
  • Reduced urination, swelling of the legs, ankles or feet
  • Vision changes
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, sweating or confusion, drowsiness or confusion, headache, blurred or slurred vision, shakiness or irritability, mood changes or anixety, hunger or weakness, or feeling nervous

Semaglutide can cause side effects. If you experience any strange side effects while taking this medicine, call your doctor.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

What do I need to know about the storage and disposal of my medication?

Store this medication at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom), and tightly closed. Store the medication at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. (Not in the bathroom).

Many containers, such as those used for eye drops and creams, patches and inhalers, are not child resistant and can be opened by young children. Always lock safety caps to protect children. Place the medication up and away from sight and reach.

It is important to dispose of unwanted medications in a way that prevents pets, children and other people from consuming them. You should not flush the medication down your toilet. The best way to get rid of your medications is by using a medication take-back program. To find out about the take-back program in your area, talk to your pharmacist. See the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.

In the event of an emergency/overdose

Call the poison control helpline 1-800-222-1222 in case of an overdose. Information is also available online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 if the victim is unconscious, collapsed, has had a seizure or has difficulty breathing.

What else should I know?

Do not miss any appointments with your doctor or the laboratory. Regularly check your blood sugar levels and glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c), to see how semaglutide affects you. You will be instructed by your doctor on how to measure your blood sugar at home to monitor the response to semaglutide. Please follow these instructions.

Wearing a diabetes identification bracelet is vital to receiving the proper care in an emergency.

Don’t let anyone else take your medication. Consult your pharmacist if you have questions regarding refilling your prescription.

You should keep a list of all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications you take, along with any other products you may use, such as vitamins, mineral supplements, or dietary supplements. This list should be brought with you to every doctor’s appointment or hospital admission. This information is also important to keep on hand for emergencies.

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