Heard of the drug Ozempic? Up until a month ago, it had never crossed my medicinal pop culture radar. The drug—which is typically prescribed to treat diabetes—has also been proven to curb hunger and help with (sometimes dramatic) weight loss.
In the past few months, it’s also become a buzzworthy topic as countless celebs (Elon Musk! Andy Cohen!) have name-dropped it. How bananas-bonkers popular has it become? The topic “Ozempic” has more than 350 million views on TikTok, with many people posting about how they’re using it off label for weight loss as opposed to diabetes. It’s no wonder the FDA lists the drug as “currently in shortage.”
Apparently, the medication has found its off-label footing. It’s saturated the coasts in recent months, helping A-listers and Hollywood elite shed extra pounds. How does it primarily work? The drug boosts insulin sensitivity and suppresses your appetite—basically making you feel fuller, longer.
Ozempic—generic name semaglutide—is administered via a weekly injection and is shown to produce an average reduction of 6 to 15 percent of a patient’s body weight over the course of a year (depending on strength). The drug is predicted to reap manufacturers Novo Nordisk nearly $8 billion in sales (alongside its sister drug, Wegovy) next year.
Recently, the medication hit the Kansas City metro and yours truly decided to take the plunge to see what all the fuss is about. I’m making a pilgrimage to Body Basics in Overland Park each week to get my shot, try it out, and report back. (Click here for the 411.)
From what I can ascertain, Ozempic has thus far proved itself as both safe and effective—so I’m excited to see what happens. While I have no particular goal on the scales, we’ll see what the results are over the next few months. Will it help? Will it be a gut-buster or just a bust? Either way, I just want to give my weight loss a boost—and apparently I’m in good company with millions of other folks from all over the world on the Ozempic bandwagon.