Questions About Ozempic®

What is Ozempic®?

Ozempic® is an injectable prescription medicine for adults with type 2 diabetes.

Ozempic®, along with staying active and eating healthy, may improve blood sugar.

In a 1-year study with Ozempic®, a majority of adults with an average starting A1C of 8.1% lowered their blood sugar and reached an A1C of less than 7% and maintained it.a

Average A1C reduction:

  • 1.5% with 1 mg Ozempic®a
  • 1.3% with 0.5 mg Ozempic®a
  • 0.7% with 100 mg Januvia®a

People who reached an A1C of less than 7%:

  • 73% of people taking 1 mg Ozempic®a
  • 66% of people taking 0.5 mg Ozempic®a
  • 40% of people taking 100 mg Januvia®a

aIn a large 1-year study of 1231 adults with an average starting A1C of 8.1% when Ozempic® or Januvia® was added to one or more diabetes pills. Individual results may vary.

  • Ozempic® is not recommended as the first choice of medicine for treating diabetes.
  • It is not known if Ozempic® can be used in people who have had pancreatitis.
  • Ozempic® is not a substitute for insulin and is not for use in people with type 1 diabetes or people with diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • It is not known if Ozempic® is safe and effective for use in children under 18 years of age.

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Is Ozempic® right for me?

Only your health care provider can tell you if he or she thinks Ozempic® is the right choice to help lower your blood sugar. 

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How does Ozempic® work?

Non-insulin Ozempic® works with your body’s own ability to lower blood sugar and A1C. It helps your body release its own insulin. Ozempic® is designed to respond when your blood sugar rises.

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Will Ozempic® affect my weight?

Ozempic® is not a weight-loss drug. It is a medicine for adults with type 2 diabetes that, along with staying active and eating healthy, may improve blood sugar. In a 1-year study, adults with an average starting weight of 197 pounds lost around:

  • 9 pounds on the 0.5 mg dose of Ozempic®b
  • 12 pounds on the 1 mg dose of Ozempic®b
  • 4 pounds on the 100 mg dose of Januvia®b

bResults are from a 56-week medical study with 1231 adults with type 2 diabetes which compared Ozempic® with the leading branded pill, Januvia®, when both were added to one or more diabetes pills. While many people in clinical trials lost weight, some did gain weight.

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What kind of medicine is Ozempic®?

The main ingredient in Ozempic® is called semaglutide, a man-made version of the human GLP-1 molecule, with some changes. These changes result in differences in how semaglutide acts and how long it stays in the body.

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Has Ozempic® been studied for cardiovascular risk?

A 2-year safety study found that Ozempic® does not increase the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, or death.c

cBased on a medical study lasting 2 years where 3297 adults with type 2 diabetes who had a high risk of cardiovascular events and were taking their usual cardiovascular medications were also treated once weekly with either a placebo, or 0.5 mg or 1 mg doses of Ozempic®.

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