How long has semaglutide been used?

Semaglutide is a relatively new drug that was approved for medical use in 2017. It is an injectable prescription medication used to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes, as well as to reduce cardiovascular events like stroke and heart attack in adults with type 2 diabetes and known heart disease.
A brief history of semaglutide:

So in summary, while semaglutide was in development for close to a decade before approval, it has only been commercially available for treatment since late 2017. So it has been used as a medication for approximately 5 years as of 2022.

At Hormone Wellness Institute, our physicians stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in diabetes care like semaglutide. We provide individualized treatment plans to help patients achieve healthy blood sugar levels and reduce cardiovascular risks.

Who can use semaglutide?

The FDA has approved semaglutide injection for the following uses in adults:

Semaglutide has not been approved for use in patients with type 1 diabetes or for weight loss, even though it may have benefits in these areas.

How semaglutide works:

At Hormone Wellness Institute, our endocrinologists are experts in medications like semaglutide and other diabetes drugs. We provide cutting-edge treatments to help patients manage conditions like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Let our team work with you on a customized treatment plan for your health needs.

Benefits of semaglutide:

Research shows semaglutide provides the following benefits:

Studies found these cardiovascular and A1c-lowering benefits persisted throughout 2 years of continued semaglutide treatment.

Potential side effects:

As with most medications, semaglutide may cause certain side effects including:

In clinical trials, semaglutide did not appear to increase risk for thyroid cancer, pancreatitis or diabetic retinopathy. But more long-term data is needed on these and other potential risks.

At Hormone Wellness Institute, we provide close monitoring and comprehensive lab testing to detect any issues early during treatment. Let our endocrinologists determine if semaglutide is the right medication for your type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. We're here to help optimize your health!

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