What is Ozempic?
Ozempic is a drug used in the treatment of type II diabetes. It works by causing the body to release more insulin. Additionally, this drug also slows the stomach, which helps make patients feel fuller longer. This medication is injected into the skin. This is because the small molecule in Ozempic cannot survive the harsh environment of the stomach. Ozempic is injected once a week, making it a popular choice for patients. Although this drug is not a first line treatment for diabetes, it can be added to your regimen to help lower your blood sugar and HbA1c levels.
Currently, Ozempic is only available as a brand-name drug. Thus, cost can be a barrier to patients. Other drugs exist that work the same way as Ozempic, and insurance companies may cover those drugs, providing a cheaper option for patients. In order to determine if this is the best medicine to treat your diabetes, please speak with your doctor.
What are Ozempic’s Side Effects?
There are a few side effects that patients can experience while using Ozempic. The most common side effects include:
• Abdominal Pain
This medication does not cause low blood sugar by itself. However, when taken in addition to other medications, it may cause low blood sugar levels. Symptoms of low blood sugar include sudden sweating, shaking, hunger, blurred vision, dizziness, and tingling of the hands and feet.
Serious side effects have occurred in a small number of patients. Therefore, it is important to let your doctor know if you experience any of these symptoms:
• Severe stomach pain that will not go away
• Dehydration caused by vomiting and diarrhea
• Serious allergic reaction including itching, rash, or difficulty breathing
In animals, this medicine has been shown to be associated with thyroid tumors. Therefore, if you or any family members have a history of medullary thyroid cancer, you should not take this medicine. Let your doctor know if you notice any lumps or swelling in your neck.
Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Ozempic currently offers a patient assistance program to help with the cost of this medication. This program currently accepts patients with income levels up to 400% of the federal poverty level (FPL). That equates to an income of roughly $67,000 for a household size of 2.
If purchasing Ozempic is a financial burden, applying for the Ozempic patient assistance program may help. The Rx Advocates makes applying for patient assistance easy. Call today to see if you qualify.