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by Apprentice (1.9k points)
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Ozempic was originally approved by the FDA in 2017 for adults with type 2 diabetes, according to UC Davis Health. It is used to help lower blood sugar, but it is not approved for weight loss; however, some physicians prescribe it to be used for weight loss. The ingredient in Ozempic, semaglutide, does work for weight loss, but Ozempic isn't approved for weight loss. If the drug is being taken for weight loss, the body may grow accustomed to it, and establish a new normal. Experts still recommend that only those who have type 2 diabetes take Ozempic.

Another article by Forbes Health indicates that, due to a Wegovy shortage, people began using Ozempic off-label for weight loss reasons. It is important to note that the FDA only approved it for the treatment of diabetes only, not as a weight loss medication. Ozempic has its own side effects, and it isn't safe for all people to use. As well, Ozempic shouldn't be used for short-term weight loss.

In all, there are numerous perspectives on whether or not Ozempic is safe for weight loss, and in all honesty, it depends on the reasons the individual is taking it. I don't think this statement can be labeled as true or false.

Can't be true or false (Opinion, poem, etc.)
by Apprentice (1.6k points)
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I like the way you use multiple scoruces and explain them rather than just saying. "Oh it says here that your claim is right/wrong"
by Journeyman (2.4k points)
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Nicely put. It's also worth noting that there was a fairly recent incident where these kinds of medicines were being used by so many people who just wanted to lose weight that there became a shortage, and the people who really needed the medication were having trouble accessing it.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianbushard/2023/09/16/shortage-of-weight-loss-drugs-like-wegovy-and-ozempic-persist-and-could-for-some-years/?sh=5ef1e9f1631e
by Apprentice (1.9k points)
You did a really good job with this fact-check. You went through what this medication is about, its multiple purposes, and cited the sources. I like how you said that it can't be true or false because it really does depend on the conditions a person has while taking this type of medication.
by Apprentice (1.7k points)
I appreciate you detailing multiple sources to back up your claim, as well as providing context and background information for the drug.
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by Journeyman (2.8k points)

The chemical compound in Ozempic, semaglutide, affects a hormone and reduces hunger and appetite and slows emptying of the stomach, along with its effects on blood sugar, which often leads to weight loss. However, the drug Ozempic has not been approved as a purely weight loss drug and is intended to medicate type 2 diabetes. According to Forbes, there is another drug using the same compound called Wegovy that has been approved for weight loss. Due to low availability of this drug, many people have been taking Ozempic instead. It doesn't seem like there are any dangers to taking Ozempic for weight loss, but it does make it harder for people with diabetes to access it.

https://www.forbes.com/health/body/ozempic-for-weight-loss/

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by Apprentice (1.7k points)
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Something interesting I found is that when looking up the keywords "what are the negative side effects for ozempic" I got a list saying "The most common Ozempic side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and constipation"

Whereas when you look up "what are the negative side effects of Wegovy, you get a far more detailed response "The most common side effect with Wegovy is nausea and occurs in about 44% of people. Others include diarrhea (30%), vomiting (24%), constipation (24%), stomach-area pain (20%), feeling bloated (7%), heartburn (5%), belching or gas (6%)."

This could indicate that Wegovy is a more researched and safer option for weight loss than Ozempic, but does not disprove your point that it CAN be used for weightloss. Just some food for thought.

Source for Ozempic:
https://www.drugwatch.com/drugs/ozempic/side-effects/#:~:text=The%20most%20common%20Ozempic%20side,of%20thyroid%20C%2Dcell%20tumors.

Source for Wegovy:
https://www.drugs.com/medical-answers/6-wegovy-side-effects-you-aware-3573374/#:~:text=The%20most%20common%20side%20effect,belching%20or%20gas%20(6%25).
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by Apprentice (1.6k points)
Ozempic while it is meant to be a drug for diabetes it can also be used to help with weight loss. It is not recommended to use ozempic for weight loss only, and that you should consult with your doctor before taking any such drug. It is said here and mentioned by online doctor companies that what is claimed is true. Due to the science behind the drug you can see a weight loss of close to 12% of weight loss in the first 12 weeks of using ozempic.

https://www.today.com/health/diet-fitness/ozempic-wegovy-weight-loss-explained-rcna71820

https://plushcare.com/ozempic-online/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=LS_Weight_Loss&utm_adgroup=Ozempic_(Diabetes)_%7C_Broad&gclid=Cj0KCQjw06-oBhC6ARIsAGuzdw0zRppxrOZlQd_xN8zKmQ5nvsWCFePtpxwEHbqjlhYb1q3Z9ZPoe48aAjwSEALw_wcB
by Titan (25.6k points)
Given your fact-check explanation, how would you rate the claim? False, since the drug isn't to be used for weight loss alone?
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by Journeyman (3.7k points)

While it is not proven that Ozempic is unsafe, its purpose is not intended for weight loss. Ozempic was approved by the FDA as semaglutide product that lowers blood sugar. This product is originally intended for diabetics. However, its side effect of weight loss has been trending recently on multiple social media sources according to The New York Times. According to UC Davis Health, "Ozempic is not approved for weight loss. However, semaglutide is approved for weight loss under the name Wegovy. Ozempic has a smaller dose of semaglutide than Wegovy." The FDA verifies that Wegovy is "approved to help adults and children aged 12 years and older with obesity or some adults with excess weight (overweight), who also have weight-related medical problems, to lose weight and keep the weight off, in addition to diet and exercise." So while Ozempic may assist with weight loss, it has not been approved with that purpose in mind. 

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by Titan (25.6k points)
Based on your rating, would the drug be considered unsafe if used for weight loss?
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by Novice (940 points)

Ozempic can be found as a liquid solution that’s given by injection. It contains the drug semaglutide, which belongs to the GLP1 agonists drug class. It is commonly used to help those with low blood sugar by assisting the pancreas in making more insulin. 

In the last 2-3 years, it has become one of the most talked about medications amongst celebrities and doctors. Cleveland Clinic wrote an article earlier this year answering the questions about the correlation between Ozempic and weight loss, writing, “Providers can (and do) prescribe Ozempic “off-label” for people who are living with obesity. Using a medication off-label means it’s prescribed for a use other than its stated purpose. And it’s really common across the medical field.”  The article mentioned that the FDA says once a medication has been approved, it can be used in other situations.  

Although there are no statements claiming Ozempic to be unsafe for weight loss, the purpose of the drug is not intended for weight loss but for those with obesity who struggle with type-2 diabetes or high blood sugar. 

Cleveland Clinic: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/ozempic-for-weight-loss/ 

by Titan (25.6k points)
I like that you've provided some background on what Ozempic is. How would you rate the claim? False, since the drug isn't meant for weight loss? Is it safe?
by Apprentice (1.7k points)
I really like your detailed explanation of Ozempic to give some insight into why the drug is used the way it is. In addition, I appreciate the quotes and quality source that you used.
by Apprentice (1.2k points)
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I like you clarification and your explanation of what Ozempic is used for, but does this mean it is safe or unsafe for weight loss use? While it may not be its original intention, is that to say it's not safe to use?
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by Apprentice (1.9k points)

This is true. From Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/health/body/ozempic-for-weight-loss/#:~:text=%E2%80%9COverall%2C%20Ozempic%20is%20a%20very,vomiting%2C%20diarrhea%20and%20constipation.%E2%80%9D

“Overall, Ozempic is a very safe medication,” explains Dr. McGowan. “The most common side effects are gastrointestinal in nature: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation.” 

"While the majority of people who take Ozempic will most likely experience these symptoms at some point during their treatment, they should subside over time", continues Dr. McGowan.

Ozempic is a FDA approved medication for type 2 diabetes in adults, but it causes lack of appetite which can help in losing weight. "Safe" is a very broad term because it can have a different meaning for everyone. In this case it is not safe for people with pancreatitis, type 1 diabetes, under 18 years of age, pregnant or breastfeeding, diabetic retinopathy, problems with the pancreas or kidneys, family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). Overall, if you don't have any of these conditions, this medication would be considered safe.

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    by Titan (25.6k points)
    I wonder how this is safe given the side effects and that it is meant for those with diabetes. Also, do you think one doctor's opinion is enough to make the claim true?
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    by Apprentice (1.3k points)
    This claim is indeed true, but only partially.

    Ozempic is a weekly injection that helps lower blood sugar by helping the pancreas make more insulin. It was approved by the FDA in 2017 and is mainly in use for those who have type 2 diabetes. Ozempic is an active ingredient that does indeed in helping with weightloss. however, it only helps a little bit, the rest comes with the individuals lifestyle changes such as eating right and excercising.

    Another semaglutidy is Wegovy which helps with weightloss a lot more. However both of these are drugs and the body can get used to it, which will result in no effect of the medication in terms of weight or needing a higher dosage.

    Most of this information comes from UC DAVIS:

    https://health.ucdavis.edu/blog/cultivating-health/ozempic-for-weight-loss-does-it-work-and-what-do-experts-recommend/2023/07#:~:text=Ozempic%2C%20known%20generically%20as%20semaglutide,the%20pancreas%20make%20more%20insulin.

    Ozempic also makes you feel more full which can cause ones to not want to eat more. That can also help someone from gaining weight.

    https://hmri.org.au/news-article/ozempic-helps-weight-loss-making-you-feel-full-certain-foods-can-do-same-thing-%E2%80%93
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    by Apprentice (1.2k points)

    Weight loss has been noted as a side effect of Ozempic. While it has not been marked as a harmful side effect, Ozempic is not yet approved for weight loss. It is a diabetes medication, and only until Ozempic is approved by the FDA of being a weight loss medication, can the the claim that Ozempic is safe for weight loss be made. Yet, at the same time, the claim that Ozempic is not safe for weight can also not be made. It is up to the consumer to trust previous users and those who prescribed it to them. That being said, I personally have not read anywhere that Ozempic is not safe for weight loss. Studies have shown that Ozempic is very effective for weight loss. 

    I learned a lot about this topic from an article by Cleveland Clinic:

    https://health.clevelandclinic.org/ozempic-for-weight-loss/

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