Weight management

Boost your weight loss journey with Wegovy (Semaglutide): the revolutionary injectable treatment

Last reviewed:
February 19, 2024
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Next review:
February 19, 2026
Are you tired of struggling with excess weight and its associated health risks of cardiovascular conditions such as heart attacks, stroke and heart disease?
Have you been searching for an effective solution to support your weight loss journey?

Look no further than Wegovy, available from Phlo Clinic. The breakthrough injectable weight loss medication is transforming lives. Find out what Wegovy is, how it works, who it's for, the side effects, and why it might be the weight loss solution you've been searching for.

What is Wegovy?

Wegovy is a prescription-only weight loss medication specifically designed to help curb appetite and reduce cravings. It’s scientifically proven to aid with weight loss when it’s combined with a balanced diet, healthy lifestyle and exercise regimen.

Wegovy is self-administered via injection and contains the active ingredient semaglutide which mimics our body’s natural appetite regulation and rate of digestion.

It’s an effective weight loss treatment when taken correctly, with most people losing up to 15% of total body weight in 68 weeks giving hope for many individuals struggling with excess weight.

The science: how does Wegovy work?

The active ingredient in Wegovy is semaglutide. Semaglutide works by mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). This hormone is made naturally in the small intestine and gets released in our gut after eating, sending a signal to the brain, regulating your appetite and making you feel full.  

As well as regulating your appetite and making you feel full after eating, semaglutide also helps slow gastric emptying and digestion in the stomach. Which means you may feel fuller for longer and can go longer without feeling the need to eat, ie reducing snacking and meal frequency.

Along with a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle, Wegovy may be the key to successful weight loss for many people.

Who is Wegovy for?

Wegovy is intended for adults who are classed as overweight or obese, and with weight related problems.

To be eligible for Wegovy treatment, you must have a BMI of 30 kg/m² or above, or a BMI of 27 kg/m² or above with at least one weight-related comorbidity such as, but not exclusive to, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma or osteoarthritis.

Wegovy is not suitable for people who have diabetes (or pre-diabetes requiring treatment) and they must meet all other clinical criteria based on their medical history. It's also essential to understand that Wegovy is not intended for aesthetic or cosmetic purposes, but to improve overall health and reduce the risks associated with obesity.

Wegovy patients

How and when to take it

Wegovy is administered under the skin (subcutaneously) in the stomach, thigh, or upper arm. One dose is to be injected once a week, on the same day each week.

Dosage instructions

Treatment starts with a low dose of 0.25mg per week for the first four weeks, allowing your body to get used to the medication. The dose gradually increases over 16-20 weeks until the maintenance dose of 2.4mg once weekly is reached.

Our prescribing pharmacists will be there for every step of your weight loss progress and will be able to advise you on adjusting doses, if applicable to minimise any common side effects you may experience.  

You’ll be able to inject Wegovy yourself after reading the usage guidance, including how to prepare the Wegovy FlexTouch Pen and what to do after completing the injection. Before taking Wegovy, it is advised to read the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with the medicine.

Side effects & warnings

As with any medication, Wegovy may cause some side effects.  

Common side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Stomach upsets
  • Constipation
  • Tiredness
  • Acid reflux
  • Indigestion symptoms
  • Dizziness
  • Hair loss
  • Reactions at the injection site

While the above side effects are typically mild and may subside over time. To help manage these symptoms, a few things to try include eating small plain meals, getting fresh air and trying drinks or food with ginger or mint.  

Rare and more serious side effects such as increased heart rate, changes in blood sugar levels, gallstone disease (where gallstones cause symptoms, acute pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas resulting in stomach pain, fever or feeling sick), angioedema (selling under skin), and anaphylactic reactions (severe allergic reaction) may occur. It's crucial to monitor your symptoms closely and consult with your medical healthcare provider immediately. In an emergency always ring 111 or attend hospital A&E.

Storage instructions

Before initial use, Wegovy should be stored in a refrigerator within the temperature range of 2°C to 8°C. Once you start using the pen, it can be stored at room temperature (8°C to 30°C) for up to 6 weeks. It’s crucial to avoid freezing Wegovy to maintain its effectiveness.

Wegovy FlexTouch pen

Start your weight loss journey today

Ready to embrace a healthier lifestyle? At Phlo Clinic, we're dedicated to providing accessible and effective healthcare solutions tailored to your needs. Our team of prescribing pharmacists are here to support you on your weight loss journey. Learn more and start your weight loss journey with Phlo Clinic.

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