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Side effects of ‘weight loss’ drug Ozempic as expert loses three stone

Side effects of ‘weight loss’ drug Ozempic as expert loses three stone

In a recent episode of the popular podcast show “Diary of a CEO,” Johann Hari, a renowned health expert, warned of the side effects of Ozempic. The drug is well-known for its ‘weight loss’ properties. Having personally experienced the drug’s effects after losing three stone, Hari emphasised the importance of understanding the way it can negatively affect your body. Johann Hari is a New York Times best-selling author and has twice been named ‘National Newspaper Journalist of the Year’ by Amnesty International. Ozempic is approved for use in adults who have inadequately controlled type 2 diabetes, in addition to diet and exercise. The primary function of the medication is to reduce blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin production in the pancreas. READ MORE: Amazon shoppers swap Dyson and Shark for £70 cordless vacuum which ‘works perfectly’ READ MORE: Amazon’s ‘life changing’ £10 book that is a ‘must read’ However, the medication can potentially lead to an average weight loss of around 15% alongside changes to diet and exercise. In a statement, the Medicines and Healthcare …

The Pregnant Moms Trying to Get a Miracle Drug for Their Babies

The Pregnant Moms Trying to Get a Miracle Drug for Their Babies

At six months pregnant, Sonja Lee Finnegan flew from Switzerland to France to buy $20,000 worth of drugs from a person she had never met. The drug she was after, Trikafta, is legal in Switzerland and approved for cystic fibrosis, a rare genetic disease that fills the lungs with thick mucus. Finnegan could not get it from a doctor, because she herself does not have cystic fibrosis. But the baby she was carrying inside her does, and she wanted to start him on the Trikafta as early as possible—before he was even born. She felt so strongly because Trikafta is, without exaggeration, a miracle drug. As I wrote in the latest issue of this magazine, the daily pills have in the past five years transformed cystic fibrosis from a fatal disease into one where most patients can live an essentially normal life. Trikafta, a combination of three drugs, is not a cure, and it does not entirely reverse organ damage already caused by CF, but patients who grew up believing they would die young are …

You Could Take Ozempic and Not Lose Any Weight

You Could Take Ozempic and Not Lose Any Weight

No medication in the history of modern weight loss has inspired as much awe as the latest class of obesity drugs. Wegovy and Zepbound are so effective that they are often likened to “magic” and “miracles.” Indeed, the weekly injections, which belong to a broader class known as GLP-1s, can lead to weight loss of 20 percent or more, fueling hype about a future in which many more millions of Americans take them. Major food companies including Nestlé and Conagra are considering tailoring their products to suit GLP-1 users. Underlying all this excitement is a huge assumption: They work for everyone. But for a lot of people, they just don’t. Anita, who lives in Arizona, told me she “took it for granted” that she would lose weight on a GLP-1 drug because “the people around me who were on it were just dropping weight like mad.” Instead, she didn’t shed any pounds. Likewise, Kathryn, from Florida, hasn’t lost any weight since starting the medication in October. “I was really hoping this was something that would …

I Had A Debilitating Reaction To Psychiatric Meds At Work

I Had A Debilitating Reaction To Psychiatric Meds At Work

I reached for the pill container next to the salt and pepper shakers on my kitchenette table. I would take a 5mg pill of prescribed Haldol for my paranoid schizophrenia when I got to work because if I took it any earlier, it would make me sleepy and I’d be tempted to go back to bed.  I left my apartment building with my alligator purse slung over my shoulder and walked across the street to the bus shelter.  I got off at 12th and Main, walked the three blocks to the courthouse, and climbed the cement steps to enter the lobby. RELATED: Why My Psychiatrist, Counselor, And Family All Hid My Mental Illness From Me Seated in front of my word processor, I swiveled around in my chair, opened the desk drawer, and reached into my purse. I opened the bottle of Haldol, took out one pill, popped it in my mouth, and took a swig of Diet Coke. Photo: JESHOOTS.com / Pexels Twenty minutes passed until suddenly, out of nowhere, my head tilted upward and my eyes locked. I couldn’t control …

Obesity Drugs Are Becoming Pills. Is That Really Better?

Obesity Drugs Are Becoming Pills. Is That Really Better?

Within the first five seconds of a recent Ozempic commercial, a sky-blue injector pen tumbles toward the viewer, encircled by a big red O. Obesity drugs have become so closely associated with injections that the two are virtually synonymous. Like Ozempic, whose name is now a catchall term for obesity drugs, Wegovy and Zepbound come packaged in Sharpie-like injection pens that patients self-administer once a week. Patients “don’t come in asking for Wegovy,” Laura Davisson, a professor of medical weight management at West Virginia University, told me. “They come in asking for one of ‘those injectables.’” Needles are the present, but supposedly not the future. Nobody really likes injections, and taking a pill would be far easier. In the frenzy over obesity drugs, a class known as GLP-1 agonists, drugmakers have raced to create them in pill form, and Wall Street investors are hungry at the prospect. Earlier this year, Pfizer’s CEO, Albert Bourla, estimated that obesity pills could be worth $30 billion, or a third of the total obesity-drug market. Because people have a …

The Other Ozempic Revolution – The Atlantic

The Other Ozempic Revolution – The Atlantic

On Labor Day weekend, 35 excited guests arrived at a campground in Newark, Ohio, for a retreat dedicated to “fat joy”—a place where people could swim, dance, do yoga, roast marshmallows, and sleep in cabins with others who had been made to feel guilty about their weight. The point of Camp RoundUp was “really diving into the joy of being at summer camp, the joy of being a fat little kid again,” Alison Rampa, one of the organizers, told me. She and a friend, Erica Chiseck, had created Camp RoundUp to counter the shame and stigma that fat Americans report experiencing because of their size. They wanted to establish somewhere that “ladies and theydies” could feel comfortable in shorts or a swimsuit, with no awkwardness in the lunch line over portion sizes or second helpings. But even somewhere as body-positive as Camp RoundUp couldn’t avoid a subject that has captivated the American media and divided couples, communities, and friendship groups. At a session called “Compassionate Conversations,” someone eventually said the word: Ozempic—the best-known name in …