The Risks of Using Ozempic for Weight Loss: What You Need to Know

Important Information About Ozempic for Weight Loss

If you’re considering using Ozempic for weight loss, it’s essential to understand the potential risks and side effects associated with this medication.

While Ozempic has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, it is not currently approved for weight loss in Australia. Using Ozempic for weight loss may put you at risk for serious health complications, including:

  1. Hypoglycemia: Ozempic can lower your blood sugar levels, which can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Symptoms of hypoglycemia include sweating, dizziness, weakness, confusion, and seizures.
  2. Thyroid cancer: Studies have suggested that Ozempic may increase the risk of thyroid cancer, especially in people with a history of thyroid tumors or radiation exposure.
  3. Pancreatitis: Ozempic may increase the risk of pancreatitis, which is a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas.
  4. Kidney problems: Ozempic has been linked to kidney damage and an increased risk of kidney failure in some patients.
  5. Gallbladder disease: Ozempic can increase the risk of developing gallbladder disease, which can cause pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen.

It’s also important to note that using Ozempic for weight loss may not be effective in the long term. While some people may experience significant weight loss while taking this medication, others may not see any significant changes or may regain the weight once they stop taking it.

Before considering Ozempic for weight loss, speak with our bariatric nurse practitioner about the potential risks and benefits of this medication.

WLSA has been a pioneer in Australia’s weight management and the field of bariatrics since the year 2000, we can help you determine whether medical weight loss is the right choice for your sustainable goals and overall health.

Book a complimentary weight loss assessment with WLSA for expert advice on sustainable weight loss options to make the best-informed decision