Do You Have to Take Ozempic® Forever? (Plus 3 Other FAQ About the Diabetes Drug) by Dr. Sue Decotiis

Do You Have to Take Ozempic® Forever? (Plus 3 Other FAQ About the Diabetes Drug)

By now you’ve heard about Ozempic®/Peptides/Mounjaro. As it states on the Ozempic® website, "non-insulin Ozempic® works with your body's own ability to lower blood sugar and A1C. Ozempic® is designed to respond when your blood sugar rises, helping your body to release its own insulin." But while the medication is to treat diabetes, many are taking it for weight loss, which it has not been approved for. 

Regardless of what you take it for, the question now is, do you have to be on it forever? People do not have to be on Ozempic® forever. Many people can get off Ozempic® if they’re carefully monitored by a doctor. The doctor should slowly start to decrease the dosage of the drug while monitoring body composition and basal metabolic rate.

But if patients are not monitored properly, many problems could arise. I have witnessed first hand the struggle her clients face in using Ozempic® and can provide a unique insight on how to safely get off the drug. Always consult your doctor.

Here are some other commonly asked questions about Ozempic®: 

Q. Can you stop cold turkey?

No. If you’re not being monitored by a doctor, you will gain weight. After we lose 20 percent of body weight, the body thinks you're starving and will try to gain weight.

Q. What happens to the body’s metabolism?

After using Ozempic®, it may take six months to two years to get your metabolism back to normal. This is why it’s essential to have a doctor monitor you if you’re trying to get off the drug

Q. What about individuals with diabetes?

These drugs are designed for diabetics and people who have severe insulin resistance. Forever is not the goal but it may be what is needed and that is OK. It comes down to risk vs. reward and pros vs. cons.

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Donna John
This was a topic of conversation at Christmas this year. My husband's cousin was on it and it was working for his diabetes. Now, unfortunately, because so many are taking it for other reasons, he is having a hard time getting it. But great information here answering common questions about the drug.
Elisa Schmitz
With so much being said about Ozempic these days, I really appreciate you sharing more about it and these frequently asked questions. Many thanks for the insight!

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